(Note: FAQ for construction trips are different. Email us HERE for questions about construction trips)
Is there a deadline for registering for a trip?
Well not really. But please note that trips fill up quickly.
What is the cost of the trip?
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for construction trip costs.
Is a deposit required to reserve a spot on a trip?
Yes. A $250 deposit is due by 3 months from your trip start date. This deposit is non-refundable. Please see our cancellation policy below. If you are registering with less than three months until your trip, the deposit is required right away after your registration is confirmed.
When will payment be expected?
Full payment for your trip fee (and flight if we have purchased it for you) is due one month prior to your trip departure date. You will receive a notice from HOPE for the trip costs less your $250 deposit and any other payments that have been made. Groups should contact us at HOPE for special arrangements for group payment.
What about the flight arrangements?
You are responsible for making your flight arrangements in coordination with our trip itinerary for your particular trip. Basically we need you to coordinate with us at HOPE to ensure that we all fly into and out of Haiti on the same flights. You will receive an email with details on what flights you will need to include on your itinerary. DO NOT MAKE YOUR FLIGHT ARRANGEMENTS UNTIL YOU RECEIVE THE REQUIRED FLIGHTS FROM US AT HOPE. REMEMBER: When you do make your flight arrangements, you’ll want to book a round trip ticket from your city to Port au Prince and make sure to include our required flights into and back out of Port au Prince.
How do I make my trip payment?
You will make all payments securely on your Managed Missions (MM) member site, or you may mail a check made payable to:
The Hope Community Project
135 West Adams Ave.
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Attention: Lauren Jones
*Please add your name/trip date in the memo portion of your check.
**If you are raising funds to support your trip, please see below.
What if I have to cancel my trip?
If you have to cancel for any reason, here is how it works:
The trip fee, once paid in full, cannot be refunded. However, you may ask us to apply the trip fee (less the $250 nonrefundable deposit) to a future trip for you or someone else. If you do not wish to allocate the unused funds for a future trip, they will be used for our general ministry expenses.
If you have already purchased your airline ticket, check with the airline for their cancellation policy
Is it safe in Haiti?
Traveling in Haiti is as safe or safer than many US cities. While we cannot guarantee complete safety at all times, we are careful and responsible about where and how we travel in Haiti. The guest houses where we stay have 24/7 professional security. Our drivers and translators are well experienced and know where to go and where not to go. In addition, we have a professional security person with us at all times.
Please contact us at HOPE for a copy of our Emergency Plans and Procedures.
Can I raise funds for my trip?
Yes. There will be a fundraising option in your Managed Missions (MM) site which you can personalize once registered. If you would rather use snail mail we do have a sample letter you can use upon request to HOPE.
NOTE: If your fundraising efforts result in more funds raised than needed for your trip, any overage will be used for general organization expenses.
Are donations tax-deductible?
Yes, according to IRS regulations. The Hope Community Project is registered as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Please consult your tax adviser.
Do you accept donations of securities?
Yes. See our donation policy above for more details on how to make a securities donation.
May I donate supplies?
Will you share my information with anyone else?
No. Your information will never be shared with any marketing agency, charity or business outside of the Hope Community Project and Keane Charitable Group.
Can I make a “matching gift” from my company?
Yes. If you or one of your family members works for an company with a matching gift program, you can double or even triple your gift. Because each company has a different set of instructions for matching an employee gift, please see your company’s Human Resources Department for details. The Hope Community Project is happy to confirm your gift or to satisfy any other requirements your company may have.
Please direct all correspondence regarding your matching gift to:
135 West Adams Avenue
Kirkwood, MO 63122
When will my recurring donations begin?
The first deduction will be completed immediately with your initial payment. Recurring donations will then begin to occur regularly every 30 days for monthly donations and every 90 days for quarterly donations.
What if I decide to stop my recurring donation?
You may cancel your ongoing donations at any time at our donation page accessible from our website, hopecommunityproject.org.