can help families build strength, stability, and independence
Available volunteer times: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 7:45 AM to 3:30 PM.
Come join us on the job site! You will work with our skilled construction staff to learn new skills, get some fresh air and exercise and, most importantly, to help provide deserving families in our community with a decent place to live. Habitat feels like we’re building more than just homes on the job site, we’re also building relationships and communities.
No experience is necessary, just a desire to help and to learn something new. Please wear work appropriate clothes – dress for the weather and wear close-toed shoes. You may bring your own tools if you’d like, but Habitat will provide everything you’ll need for the day. Habitat volunteers perform a variety of critical tasks, including framing, roofing, floors, and installing cabinets, doors, and windows.
Please Note: You must be 14+ to volunteer for painting and landscaping only. All other construction must be 16+ with a supervisor, and 18+ without a supervisor.
Construction Volunteer FAQ’s
Do I need to have construction skills?
You do not need to be skilled in any construction activities. However, if you are skilled in any areas please let the Construction Leader know.
How long is the work day?
We ask that you arrive at 7:45 a.m. to start work at 8:00 a.m., work typically ends at 3:30 p.m. The last half hour is designated as clean up of the work site.
What do I need to bring?
Habitat is equipped to provide most tools for building a house. However, if you have your own hammer, or have access to a tool belt, measuring tape, utility knife, and work gloves it would be helpful if you brought them with you (please label all personal tools). If you do not own these items Habitat will provide a limited number to volunteers.
What do I need to wear?
Please wear sturdy shoes such as work or hiking boots or tennis shoes (no open toed shoes, sandals, crocks, ‘toe shoes’). Please wear clothes that are not overly loose-fit. Loose clothing can get caught in the power tools. In the winter- time it is best to layer clothes. In the summertime, please remember to bring sunscreen and apply frequently.
Where should I park?
Volunteers may park on the street in the neighborhood where we are building. Please be careful not to block driveways, mailboxes, or trashcans. Also be courteous of blocking in other cars on the streets.
Will I receive training on site?
Yes. Habitat is accustomed to working with unskilled volunteers throughout the build process. You will be given detailed information in order to complete the task at hand and will have supervision by our staff or other skilled volunteers.
Will lunch, snacks, or drinks be provided?
We provide water on site in a water cooler. Many volunteers prefer to bring their own water bottle, labeled with their name. On Saturday’s lunch is provided by local volunteer groups, typically assorted sandwiches, etc. Please note that no special dietary needs are able to be accommodated.
What is the minimum age to volunteer?
Habitat for Humanity International has a strict policy concerning age. No one under 14 years old is allowed on the work site. Fourteen and fifteen-year-olds are only allowed to work on landscaping or painting. Sixteen and seventeen-year-olds are not allowed to use power tools or be more than 6 feet above the ground.
What do I do if I am injured on the work site?
If you are injured, or you witness an injury on-site, notify the construction staff immediately. They will administer any First Aid required and notify EMS, if necessary. Our construction staff and AmeriCorps members are trained in First Aid and First Aid kits are readily available at all sites. Construction staff will complete an accident report.