Frequently Asked Questions
What is Hands On Orlando's mission? Hands On Orlando unites people and organizations to make positive impacts across Central Florida.
What does Hands On Orlando do? Hands On Orlando plans, manages and leads community volunteer projects and corporate give back projects that improve The Human Condition.
Do projects help Hands On Orlando? No. Projects assist people who need help and diverse non-profit organizations, public schools and parks.
Is Hands On Orlando a non-profit organization? When was it founded? Yes, HOO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, federally tax-exempt, charitable organization. Founded June 1, 1999.
How does Hands On Orlando stay in business? We depend upon monetary donations.
Do volunteers need special skills? No. We don’t want people to self-disqualify themselves from volunteering.
Is Hands On Orlando a volunteer referral service? No. HOO is the opposite of a referral service.
How does Hands On Orlando come up with projects? We are proactive. We contact and visit non-profit organizations and ask how we can help. Charities can also contact us for assistance.
Can children volunteer? Yes. Children as young as age four may participate in select projects. The minimum age of participation is included in every project description.
Can community groups/clubs reserve volunteer spots? Yes, if the captain of the group creates and manage a team on our website and the project occurrence is "live" on our calendar.
I want to get my company's employees involved. Great. Please call 407.740.8652 for more information.
Is it okay if I arrive late or leave early? No. All projects include a welcome and wrap-Up.
Does Hands On Orlando support court-ordered “community service?” No. Courts define “community service” as a punishment.
Can HOO write a letter to verify I volunteered? Our on-site Project Leader will be happy to sign the attendance form you bring to projects. If you need a letter, please reach-out to the non-profit you helped.
What are Hands On Orlando’s primary challenges? Lack of monetary donations. Also, many non-profit organizations do a poor job of retaining and passing along institutional knowledge. It makes our job harder.
What is Hands On Orlando's service area? Volunteers come from across Central Florida, all 50 States, Puerto Rico, D.C. and over 60 countries. Almost all projects occur in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties.
Is Hands On Orlando a major charity? We believe so, if you consider our impact. No, if you rank us by budget size. HOO has helped over 1,000,000 people, supported more than 200,000 volunteers and assisted over 300 community organizations.