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FAQs About Volunteering

Individual Volunteer Questions
Group Volunteer Questions
Construction Questions
ReStore Questions
Contact Information

Individual Volunteer Questions

How do I get started?

The first step to volunteering is to review our Individual Volunteers Manual. After you review the manual, you will fill out the required paperwork and sign up for volunteer activities through Habitat’s Volunteer Hub.

What Volunteer Opportunities are available?

Habitat needs volunteers in all areas of the organization.  Check out our list of specific volunteer positions.

How can I get youth under 14 years old involved with Habitat?

There are lots of ways that youth can get involved with Habitat! Check out our youth activities or visit www.habitat.org/youthprograms/int/default.aspx.

I don’t want to build, is there a place for me at Habitat?

Definitely! Habitat has many needs for volunteers including help in our ReStore, office, with photography, speaking at events, and the list goes on. To view all of the volunteer options, please visit our Individual Volunteer Page.

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Group Volunteer Questions

What volunteer opportunities are there for groups?

Groups can volunteer in Habitat’s ReStore, on a build site, or a deconstruction site. For more information, please download our Volunteer Teams Manual .

When is the greatest need for groups to volunteer on a build site?

Weekdays (Tuesdays-Fridays) during Habitat’s non-peak build season (January-March) represents Habitat’s greatest need for groups to volunteer on our build sites. Habitat calls these volunteers our Winter Warriors.

Do Groups need to attend a Volunteer Orientation?

Since scheduling a day to volunteer is tricky enough when working with multiple schedules, groups are not required to attend an orientation. If you would like to have someone speak to your group about volunteering, please contact Deb Light, Volunteer Director.

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Construction Questions

How old do you need to be to volunteer on a build site?

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to be on a Habitat build site. If under 18, youth must be accompanied by an adult 21 or older on a one-on-one ratio. Youth cannot operate power tools or work on roofing while on-site.

What is the time commitment for construction?

Construction requires a full day time commitment of 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Habitat builds Tuesday-Saturday, with weekdays being our biggest need.

What if I am not skilled at construction work?

You do not need to be skilled with construction or have previous experience prior to volunteering. There will be house and crew leads on the build site to teach you everything you will need to know!

Does Habitat build year-round?

Yes, Habitat builds year-round. While spring, summer, and fall are typical home construction months at Habitat, construction and ReBuild activities often must occur during the winter months due to sponsor funding cycles. Weekdays (Tuesdays-Fridays) during Habitat’s non-peak build season (January-March) represent our greatest ongoing need for individuals and groups, and we call these volunteers our Winter Warriors.

What size group can volunteer on a build site?

Typically Habitat can accommodate crews of six to ten people per house, depending on the phase of construction.

What should I wear?

Please wear clothing that you do not mind getting dirty or possibly damaged. Sturdy, hard-soled, closed-toed, closed-heeled shoes are required. No sandals or slip-on shoes allowed. Pants are recommended, but shorts are acceptable as long as they are not too short. Please, no clothing that is too revealing.

Do I need to bring my own tools?

Tools will be provided for you unless you prefer to bring your own. If you do bring your own tools, please label them, so that you are sure to get them back.

Are volunteers required to wear safety gear?

Yes, volunteers will be required to wear safety goggles at all times, and hard hats through the drywall phase. Work gloves and ear protection are also highly recommended.

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ReStore Questions

How old do you need to be to volunteer in Habitat’s ReStores?

Volunteers must be at least 14 years old to work in Habitat’s ReStores. If under 16, youth must be accompanied by an adult 21 or older on a five-to-one ratio.

What is the time commitment for the ReStores?

The ReStores can accommodate volunteers between 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and between 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Volunteers can put in a full day or a few hours at the ReStores.

What size group can volunteer in the ReStores?

Groups of 20 people or less can volunteer in the ReStores.

What should I wear?

Please wear clothing that you do not mind getting dirty or possibly damaged. Sturdy, hard-soled, closed-toed, closed-heeled shoes are required. No sandals or slip-on shoes allowed. Pants are recommended, but shorts are acceptable as long as they are not too short. Please, no clothing that is too revealing.

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Contact Information

If you have further questions, please contact:

  • Deb Light, Volunteer Director: 614-364-7020
  • Alex Moellenkamp, Volunteer Resource Director: 614-364-7030
  • Casey Garrett, ReStore Program Specialist: 614-364-7029

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