Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

At Hancock County Habitat for Humanity (HCoHFH), we value your support and we are committed to protecting your privacy.  HCoHFH created this Privacy Policy to demonstrate the respect we have for your preferences and to disclose our information collection and sharing practices. Regardless of whether you provide us with your personal information via our website or in another manner (e.g. telephone, regular mail or face-to-face), we strive to honor your privacy preferences.


These terms of use apply to the entire website owned by HCOHFH.  Please read the below before using this website.  By using this website, you signify your assent to these terms of use and agree to: 1) abide by the practices described in this Privacy Policy, as may be amended from time to time, and 2) the transfer, processing and maintenance of your personal and sensitive information by HCoHFH.  If you do not agree to these terms of use, you may not access or otherwise use the site.

The Personal Information We Collect: Depending on the type of communication or transaction, the personal information we collect may include, but is not limited to, your name, postal address, zip code, telephone number, organization name, e-mail address, billing information, and/or (until processing is complete) credit card or bank information for donation processing.

HCoHFH also collects and maintains information on events attended, publications received, special requests for program information, and donor comments and suggestions.  HCoHFH uses donors’ information to understand their interests in its mission and to update them on the organization’s plans and activities.

When you visit our website, we may collect some basic information. This includes total number of visitors, pages viewed, and other non-identifying information. We use this aggregate information to improve our site and to make your experience on our website as smooth as possible.

When you make a donation online, the information asked for is used to process your donation(s) and to verify credit card data. We use your mailing address to send your tax-deductible receipt(s) and to keep you informed about our mission.

You can send anonymous donations simply by sending a money order to us at the address found at the bottom of this privacy statement. If you do not give your name and address we will be unable to send you a tax-deductible receipt.

Where & When We Collect Personal Information: You will be asked to provide your personal information when making donations, requesting communications, applying for a job with HCoHFH and/or in connection with other HCoHFH business (whether it is via the web site, e-mail, direct mail or telephone communications).

Information from Minors: We do not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 18 or knowingly allow such persons to provide us with their personal information without a parent or guardian’s consent. If you are under 18, do not send any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address, unless you have your parent or guardian’s permission. In the event we learn that we collected personal information from anyone under the age of 18, and do not have a parent or guardian’s consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about anyone under the age of 18, please contact us using the details provided at the end of this policy.

Information Security: Information collected is shared with designated staff, board members, volunteers and consultants only on a “need-to-know” basis.

We use one or more third-party financial institutions to process our credit card transactions.  Currently, all on-line transactions are processed through a ‘donate’ link which redirects to PayPal’s secure server – with entered information encrypted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) before transmission.  While we believe this third-party vendor provides a trusted and secure site and that they will treat your personal information responsibly, we do not control this third-party nor can we guarantee the privacy of information transmitted through their site.

HCoHFH May Share Your Information: Personal information will be shared internally at HCoHFH to complete your donations, to contact you about our on-going work and ways that you can further support our efforts, and/or to discuss employment opportunities.

We may disclose to third parties aggregate statistics regarding donations but these statistics do not include any personally identifying information. The information given may include things such as: total number of donors, total amount of donations for specific periods of time, and referring websites.  Aggregate information of this kind is used to encourage fundraising partnerships.

Except in the limited circumstances outlined below, HCoHFH will never intentionally share your e-mail addresses, phone numbers or financial information.

Exceptions: Aside from donation processing, HCoHFH reserves the right to share your personal information in certain situations:  Necessity. If we have reason to believe that there has been some inappropriate interference with or use of our website, communications, charitable services or personal or real property, or if we have reason to believe that one of the HCoHFH website users, donors, employees or other related parties may have been injured or may have harmed some other party, we will disclose, without notice to you, personal information as we deem appropriate or if compelled by a legal or regulatory authority.

Cookies: A “cookie” is a small piece of data that may be sent to your browser from HCoHFH’s web server and is stored on your computer’s hard drive. Cookies are used to collect non-identifying information about the user, such as web surfing behavior or user preferences for a specific website.  These mechanisms are used to improve the user experience on HCoHFH website and are employed irrespective of “Do Not Track” requests.

Website Links / Third-Parties: HCoHFH’s privacy practices apply solely to information collected by our organization.  The views and opinions of authors expressed on this website do not necessarily state or reflect those of HCoHFH, and they may not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

Some HCoHFH pages may provide links to other Internet sites only for the convenience of our users.  Anytime you leave the HCoHFH website using a provided link, we have no control regarding what information may be collected about you, nor do we control what third-parties might do with the information. These third-parties should have a privacy statement applying to transactions made through their website; it is important that you review any privacy policies on third-party sites carefully before you use any services or programs offered.

HCoHFH is not responsible for the availability or content of these third-party external sites, nor does HCoHFH endorse, warrant or guarantee the products, services or information described or offered at these other Internet sites.

Copyright Status: Most information on this site is in the public domain. Unless otherwise stated, these documents may be freely distributed without modification and used for non-commercial, scientific, educational or personal purposes. We request that you notify us of use in any non-commercial, scientific, educational documents. Content, including, but not limited to, trademarks, logos, and other materials contained in this website, may be protected by copyright laws as the property of the  HCoHFH, and/or its related, affiliated and subsidiary organizational units, or its third party licensors.

You may also encounter documents or portions of documents contributed by private companies or organizations. Other parties may retain all rights to publish or reproduce these documents. Commercial use of the documents on this site may be protected under U.S. and foreign copyright laws.  In no event shall materials from this website be used for commercial purposes without prior written permission from HCoHFH.

Changes to the Privacy Policy:  HCoHFH reserves the right, at its discretion, to change, modify, add, or remove portions of these terms at any time for reasons including addressing changing technology, security measures and website functionality.  We strive to provide you with timely notice of these changes by posting any updates here so that you will always know what information we gather, how we might use that information, and whether we will disclose it to anyone.  HCoHFH encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy.  Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Please contact us if you have any questions about changes to our practices.

Contacting HCoHFH Regarding Privacy Preferences: If you wish to change your privacy preferences or have any questions, please contact us.  If you contact us with an opt-out request, all reasonable efforts will be taken to ensure that your information will not be shared with anyone. You may opt-out at any time.

Hancock County Habitat for Humanity
P.O. Box 343
Ellsworth, ME 04605

In Person [office hours by appointment only]:
21 School House RD, Ste. 20
Orland, ME 04472

Telephone: (207) 667-8484

Website: via our Contact page


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