When do you build?
New construction projects typically begin in the spring and fall.
What do I need to know for my first volunteer day?
What should construction volunteers bring?
- Water and a snack
- Safety goggles or glasses, but there will be some on the construction site if needed.
- Wear appropriate clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty.
- Shirts must have sleeves (no tank tops, camis, or muscle shirts). T-shirts are recommended.
- No tight-fitting shirts or pants (leggings, yoga pants).
- Wear sturdy shoes.
- Shoes must have closed toes and closed heels.
- No sandals, flip-flops, or backless shoes.
• If you have specialized tools for the type of job you will be doing, by all means, bring them.
• Remember to mark your personal tools with your name.
What happens at the work site?
What is a Site Leader?
What about the Homebuyer?
You may meet or work with the homebuyer, who is closely involved in the construction of his/her future home. The relationship between volunteers, Habitat workers, and the homebuyer is just as important as the house they are building together.
Are there age limitations?
• Those aged 14-15 are welcome to help during painting or landscaping phases of a project. However, they are not allowed on a building site while construction is being done.
• Those aged 16-17 can do general construction, but cannot use power equipment; cannot work on a ladder, roof or scaffolding; cannot participate in any hazardous activity.
• Volunteers under the age of 18 must have their Release and Waiver of Liability signed by a parent or legal guardian.
• Groups with members under 16 can assign them to non-construction Habitat projects, such as meal preparation, lot maintenance, fundraising, etc. Call the Habitat office (256-340-9609) for more ideas.
Who is responsible if injuries or accidents occur while volunteering?
What about other problems that may crop up -- even after the workday?
We want to know. Contact any or all of us — your Site Leader or Habitat’s Executive Director — about personal or operational problems on our projects.
What other things can volunteers do besides construction?
Volunteer time and skills are often in demand for:
• transportation of materials and tools to or from a work site
• clean-up coordination at the end of a workday
• maintenance on lots slated for building
• help with a special event (for example, preparation for a home dedication ceremony)
• office support
• work with the ReStore
What other things can groups do besides construction?
• Co-sponsor a house by joining with other groups to fund and construct a home.
• Provide lunch and/or snacks for the construction volunteers during their workday
• Help with a special event (for example, the planning and preparation for a home dedication ceremony)
• Maintain lots slated for building
Call the Habitat office at 256-340-9609 to learn more about these opportunities.
Join with our future Habitat homeowners as they work toward a more secure future for their families.