The Habitat crew was great to work with, they were very helpful with instructions and it was nice to chat with them! It was also a cool experience to work alongside Partner Families and meet people who were actually going to see the results of a Habitat build.”
Ready to build a house?!
It may sound daunting, but no experience is necessary to be a Habitat volunteer. Our construction team and volunteer crew leads will guide you throughout your day (and even teach you a few tricks of the trade).
Build site volunteers must be 16 years and older. Interested volunteers who are ages 16 & 17 please request a minor waiver from Andrea at email@example.com. Minor volunteers are required to have adult supervision with them at all times.
What to Expect
We rely on volunteer labor to complete all non-trade-specific functions of building a Habitat home. While you can’t specify a particular task for your volunteer day, you can take a look at our most common volunteer days listed below to prep for what you may experience with us on site.
YOUR VOLUNTEER DAY
Volunteer: 7:45am – 3pm
Sign-up to provide lunch for your group/build day.
Build Site Address
You’ll receive an email with build day details and the site address a few days prior to your scheduled volunteer day.
Plan to park along the street, but be mindful not to block any driveways of nearby neighbors.
All tools and safety equipment will be provided by Habitat, but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.
What to Wear
Durable, closed-toe shoes are required. Appropriate, comfortable work clothes such as jeans and T-shirts are best; be sure to wear clothes that could get stained.
As long as the site is safe we plan to work rain or shine. Opt into our text or email chain so we can notify you of a cancellation due to inclement weather. Log in to Galaxy Digital to be sure your profile has a current cell phone number and that “yes” is checked under “Data and Communication Settings” on the right side of your profile.
Food + Water
Lunch, snacks, and water will be provided during your shift. If preferred, you are more than welcome to bring your own water and sack lunch.
Construction Volunteer FAQs
Habitat crew leads are individuals who volunteer on the construction site 1-3x a week and assist our construction staff and volunteer groups in the home-building process. Learn more about becoming a Crew Lead Volunteer.
Professional contractors complete trade-specific work and help keep costs low through in-kind donations of labor, services, and products. We hire
professionals to handle the following: pouring slabs, roofing, electrical, plumbing, and heating/cooling.
Volunteer groups are limited to 7 people per shift (7:45am – 3:00pm). We’ve found that 7 volunteers at a time is our sweet spot — there’s enough work for everyone to do at one time, plenty of space to spread out without overcrowding the job site, and the perfect ratio of crew leads and staff to supervise and assist each volunteer.
While in the past split volunteer shifts were available, this option is no longer possible. When signing up for a volunteer day, you are committing to a full day shift from 7:45am – 3pm, with an hour lunch break from 11:30-12:30pm.
WATER + SNACK DONATIONS
We’re always in need of water, Gatorade, or snacks to have on hand for volunteers. If you or your group are able to donate any of these items we would be so grateful!
You can bring donations to the job site during your volunteer shift or email Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a drop-off at our Corporate Office or ReStore.
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