Below are our most frequently asked questions and their answers. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Feel free to send us a question using the form at the bottom of this page.


Are donations tax deductible?

Small Hands Big Hearts United is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Your gift may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes. Please consult with your tax advisor for details.

How are donations used?

Donations are used exclusively to fund volunteer activities, compassion missions and monthly meeting space.

Events / Missions

Can parents be involved?

Events are primarily for the children to volunteer and the parents are required to be in attendance to assist their child if necessary. We do encourage parents to be involved in leading events and to volunteer in one of the available positions to help run SHBHU.

How do I attend an event / mission?

Once you have obtained a user name and password after completing the application process you may register for any events on the calendar. Parents are required to stay in attendance with their children.

How do I suggest an event / mission?

SHBHU loves to hear new ideas for events and missions! If your Small Hander and Ambassador is passionate about a particular cause and would like SHBHU to be a team behind their vision to help this cause, please let us know! If you have a connection with a non-profit organization that would like Small Handers and Ambassadors to volunteer with their organization, please contact us!

To suggest an event, you may click here to complete the online form.

Click here for the contact form.

What is a mission?

A mission is a compassion filled event where Small Handers and Ambassadors are serving and giving back to our community and the world around them.

What is the time commitment?

There is no required time commitment for SHBHU members. Members are encouraged to attend the monthly meetings scheduled on the 4th Thursday of each month from 6:00-7:00. There are scheduled events on the calendar and members can register for any that are of interest.


How do I join?

Becoming a member of SHBHU is simple and should take just a few days to process. There is no membership fee to join; however, there is a fee of $30 to Verified Volunteers for your background check. There is a SHBHU scholarship reserve fund available if you are unable to pay this fee.

First, complete the online membership application which includes our Release, Waiver, and Indemnification form.

Once submitted, you will receive an email with a link for Verified Volunteers to complete your background check.

Upon approval from Verified Volunteers, you will be emailed a user name and password which will allow you to register for events.

What ages can join?

SHBHU welcomes children ages 3 -17.

  • Small Handers: ages 3-9
  • Tween Ambassadors: ages 10-12
  • Teen Ambassadors: ages 13-17
What is the cost of membership?

There is no membership fee to join SHBHU. There is a $30 fee payable to Verified Volunteers to complete a background check. If any family is unable to pay the $30 fee, there is a SHBHU scholarship reserve fund so membership is accessible to all families.


Are events safe?

SHBHU takes every measure to make events as safe as possible. All parents in attendance at events have had background checks through Verified Volunteers.

How are background checks beneficial?

Background checks ensure that all parents involved with SHBHU have been fully screened through Verified Volunteers.

Verified Volunteers completes the following on all members:

  • Social Security Trace
  • Nationwide Criminal Database Search
  • 50 State DOJ Sex Offender Registry
  • Government Sanctions/Watch List
  • County/State searches from last 7 years address history
  • Arrest Direct Database Search
  • Alias/Maiden name searches across the above
  • Monthly updates

This ensures the safety of all children with SHBHU.

Where can I find your child safety policy?

SHBHU takes the safety of children very seriously. You can view our child safety policy under our “About” page.

Click here to be directed to our child safety policy. 

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