Frequently Asked Questions
What does Hands On Orlando do? Hands On Orlando helps you help others. We enable, inspire, educate and empower people to help others during volunter projects that we develop, plan, manage and lead.
Do Hands On Orlando's projects help HOO? No, all projects benefit thid-party charities, schools and parks, people who need help and volunteers who participate.
Is Hands On Orlando a non-profit organization? Yes, we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, federally tax-exempt, charitable organization.
How does Hands On Orlando stay in operation? We are funded by monetary donations from people like you. It's a great struggle. Why? Most volunteers think they help us when they volunteer and do not donate money to HOO.
Do volunteers need special skills to participate? No. We don’t want people to self-disqualify themselves from volunteering.
How long has Hands On Orlando been doing its work? HOO has planned, managed and led volunteer projects since 1999.
Is Hands On Orlando a volunteer referral service? We are the opposite of a referral service. We identify, plan, manage and lead projects to help ensure good outcomes. It's hard, detailed and challenging work.
What else does Hands On Orlando do? Hands On Orlando managed the Hurricane Volunteer Center after hurricanes Irma, Charley, Jeanne and Frances and assumed a leadership role in the aftermath of the PULSE and 9-11 attacks. HOO has coordinated over 45 community-wide days of service. We have mentored volunteer centers across the country.
How does Hands On Orlando come up with project ideas? We're proactive. We contact and visit non-profit organizations and ask how we can help. Organizations also call us for assistance.
I have young children. Can they volunteer? Yes. Children age four may participate in select projects. Helping others is an important part of a child's successful social development. Almost one-third of the volunteers we serve are under age 18.
I lead a community group. Can we reserve volunteer spots? Yes, via your creation and management of a volunteer team.
Is it okay if I arrive late or leave a project early? No. All projects include a welcome and wrap-Up. Volunteers should arrive at least five minutes early and stay for the duration of your project.
Does Hands On Orlando support court-ordered “community service?” No. Courts have defined “community service” as a punishment. Helping others is a common expectation in a civil society and something everyone should do voluntarily. Sadly, judges make volunteerism among the public less likely.
Can HOO write a letter to verify I volunteered? The charity you helped should acknowledge your volunteer time. However, our Project Leaders will sign your attendance form if you bring it to our projects.
What are Hands On Orlando’s challenges? Lack of funding is our greatest challenge. Also, social-service organizations generally do a poor job of retaining and passing along institutional knowledge. This requires HOO to rebuild relationships with organizations we help due to high staff turnover.
What is Hands On Orlando's service area? Volunteers have come from across Central Florida, all 50 States, Puerto Rico and over 60 countries. Almost all projects occur in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties.
Is Hands On Orlando a major charity in Central Florida? We believe so, but only if you consider our impact. No, if you rank us by budget size. HOO has helped hundreds of thousands of people, served more than 200,000 volunteers and assisted over 300 community organizations.