Frequently Asked Questions

What does Hands On Orlando do? Hands On Orlando plans, manages and leads volunteer projects that improve The Human Condition.

Do projects help Hands On Orlando? No. Projects assist people who need help, volunteers and third-party 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 donations of money. It's a struggle. Most volunteers think they help HOO when they volunteer and do not donate. We don't appear as needy as charities we help.

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 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 sponsorship information. Companies that support HOO monetarily have various levels of access to our calendar of projects.

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 sign your attendance form you bring to projects. If you need a letter, the charity you helped should acknowledge your time.

What are Hands On Orlando’s primary challenges? Lack of funding. Also, many non-profit organizations do a poor job of retaining and passing along institutional knowledge.

What is Hands On Orlando's service area? Volunteers 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? We believe so, if you consider our impact. No, if you rank us by budget size. HOO has helped over a million people, served more than 200,000 volunteers and assisted over 300 community organizations.