Volunteer on a Construction Project
One major reason Habitat for Humanity homes are affordable is that much of our labor is provided by volunteers. Volunteering on Habitat construction projects is a fun and meaningful way to give back to your community. As Habitat professionals teach our volunteers what they need to know to do each task, no construction experience is needed. All you need is time and a desire to help a family afford a decent place to live.
What Habitat would like Construction Volunteers to Know
Register by completing the on-line volunteer form found by clicking the Register to Volunteer link below. This will send an email to our volunteer coordinator, who will advise of upcoming opportunities.
A completed “Release and Waiver of Liability” is required for all volunteers prior to volunteering on a Habitat job site.
Age restrictions: No one under 16 is permitted on the job site while active construction is taking place. In addition, there are specific task restrictions for 16 and 17 year-old volunteers, including restrictions on the use of power tools, working from ladders, and in any potentially hazardous activity. Youth ages 14 and 15 may volunteer when special arrangements are made for times with no active construction. Opportunities for 14 and 15 year-olds include painting, clearing the lot, and landscaping as examples. Minors are required to submit the required "Release and Waiver of Liability", including the Parental/Guardian Release found on page 5.
Hours: Please plan to work the shift time noted on your confirmation email. A timely arrival is important, as the Construction Manager will provide task instructions and safety guidelines at the beginning of the shift.
Weather: Unless you hear otherwise from a Habitat staff member (typically by email), plan to volunteer rain or shine. Habitat construction teams can often adjust work tasks to accommodate for inclement weather.
Type of work: Volunteers work on nearly all phases of construction. Plan to perform the task listed in your confirmation email. However, be aware that build schedules are often adjusted. Be sure to check your email prior to the shift for any updates. Thank you in advance for your cooperation & flexibility!
Clothing: Wear comfortable work clothes & proper footwear (work boots or athletic sneakers). No open-toed shoes!
Tools: All necessary tools and safety gear will be provided by Habitat. If you prefer, you may bring your own. Please label all personal tools with your name. For a comfortable fit, you may wish to bring your own work gloves.
Lunch & Water: Water is provided on-site. Packaged snacks are often available, as well. Lunch is not provided. Volunteers may go off-site for lunch, bring bagged lunches, or arrange for food delivery.
Parking & Valuables: In an effort to be environmentally friendly, we encourage carpooling! This also helps when there is limited parking space available. Be sure to lock your cars and keep valuables at home or out of sight. We also request that you be mindful of any neighbors and do not park in front of mailboxes or driveway entrances.
Working with Habitat Homeowners: Volunteers may have the opportunity to work with Habitat future homeowners as they complete their sweat equity requirements. We hope you enjoy getting to know them!