handson bay area faq

Why do you ask new volunteers to pay a $25 Volunteer Activation to register?

As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, HandsOn Bay Area asks new volunteers to pay a one-time, life-time Volunteer Activation of $25.

The $25 directly supports the technology and staff time that make our community calendar of opportunities possible. HandsOn On Bay Area community calendar opportunities provide a steady stream of volunteers to dozens of local nonprofits who rely on our support.

In 2016, our community calendar provided our 70+ community partners with:

  • 4,300+ volunteers

  • 12,400+ volunteer hours

  • $350,000+ value of volunteer hours (based on Independent Sector data $28.46 per hour for CA in 2016)

We are proud to say that we do not turn anyone away for lack of funds and grant an average of 30 waivers each month. Again, we do not turn anyone away for lack of funds.

When I try to sign up for a project, it says I need to complete the orientation. What do I to do?

Although you probably already watched our short orientation video when you created your account, your account may not yet be activated. If you completed an Activation Waiver, please give us a few days to review your waiver and activate your account. In the chance that you are not eligible for a waiver, you will need to pay the activation to gain access to all of our volunteer events. If you paid the $25 activation, please e-mail us at info@handsonbayarea.org and we will make sure to activate your account so you can sign-up for all projects!

How do I sign-up a group?

If your group is interested in volunteering on an ongoing basis, we recommend that each group member makes an individual account. This saves you time and helps our nonprofit partners know how many volunteers to expect. If you are interested in volunteering as a group just this once, you can sign-up as a one-time group online here. We ask one-time groups to pay $5 per person to reserve your volunteer slots. This donation goes directly to supporting our community calendar volunteer projects. If you have any questions you may e-mail monica@handsonbayarea.org

How can children volunteer? Do they need an account?

We love when kids and teenagers get involved and give back! All volunteers over the age of 13 should create an account. This allows us to have a more accurate headcount and allows you to track your volunteer hours for future applications and scholarships! Next, use our Community Calendar to search for projects where you or your child meet the age requirement. If a parent or guardian is required to attend with the minor, they will not be able to sign-up under their own account. Instead, a parent can sign them up by providing their name, birthdate, and registered e-mail in the sign-up confirmation page. We will be sure to sign you up! If you are 13 or younger, a parent can sign you up as guest in the sign-up confirmation page.

How do I get proof that I've volunteered?

Your Project Leader can sign a volunteer hours form for your school or court-ordered service at the project site. If you login to your HandsOn Bay Area account and click on My Account you will see your total hours volunteered listed in the upper right hand corner. Contact us once you've completed your hours and we can send you a letter confirmation on our organization's letterhead.

I need to cancel. What should I do?

It's OK, we won't hold it against you. Please just make sure to remove yourself from the project as soon as you know, so you leave space for another volunteer to step in. Log in to HandsOn Bay Area and click on "My Account." Find the project you cannot attend and click “Remove Me.” If it's the day of the project, please also e-mail, call, or text your Project Leader so they know not to expect you.

How do I become a Project Leader?

Project Leaders help us coordinate all of the volunteer opportunities on our Calendar. To become a Project Leader, you must attend at least three HandsOn Bay Area projects. You can then fill out our Project Leader Application. For more information, visit our Project Leader page.

How do I volunteer with my co-workers?

HandsOn Bay Area has many ways to volunteer with your company:

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