Please note: These questions deal primarily with volunteering on Habitat construction sites. If you are interested in work at our ReStore, please visit the ReStore website.
For other volunteering questions, feel free to contact Fran Drennan:
Q: I don’t have any construction skills or experience. Can I still volunteer? Absolutely! Most volunteers who build with Habitat are learning on the job. Each build site has a skilled site supervisor who provides instruction and guidance for the day’s tasks and safety procedures.
Q: What does a typical work day look like? Work begins at 8:30 a.m. following an explanation of the day’s tasks and safety procedures. Morning break is held around 10 a.m. A Habitat tradition world-wide, the 15-20 minute break will include devotions and prayer, as well as introductions of volunteers and Habitat partner families. Lunch is at noon and the work day wraps up around 3:30 p.m.
Q: Can my children volunteer? Most construction site tasks require volunteers to be 16 yrs of age or older and at least 18 years of age to be on a roof. There are limited construction tasks that can be done by volunteers under 16 and must be accompanied by adult supervision. All volunteers must fill out and sign a Minor Release & Waiver of Liability . Minors must have their waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
Q: Will we still work if the weather is bad? Safety is our main concern. The Construction Supervisor will determine whether the work for the day can proceed depending on the severity of the weather. Any work site cancellations will be announced on our office answering machine by 7:30 a.m. the morning of the work day. Please call 330-493-6500 if you are uncertain.
Q: What should I bring for a work day?
Here is a short list:
- The online volunteer form must be filled out and submitted before you begin work on the site.
- Lunch—please plan to bring your lunch, unless you are told otherwise. Lunch is about 30 minutes.
- Water—plan on bringing a bottle or thermos of water. This is extremely important on hot summer days. There will be water provided on site, but a personal bottle is always a good idea.
- Hat & Sunscreen—protect your neck and face from sunburn with a hat or cap. Use sunscreen when working outdoors.
- Bandana—use it to wipe sweat from your face or soak it in ice water to help you stay cool.
- Tool Belt or Nail Apron—Habitat has a limited number of these items available. If you have your own, please bring it.
- Gloves—protect your hands from splinters! Gloves are important in many areas of work. Again, Habitat has a limited number to loan, so please bring your own.
- Personal Tools—bring your own hammer, tape measure, carpenters pencil, utility knife and speed square if you have them. Please LABEL your tools well if you want them back!
- A POSITIVE ATTITUDE— plan to have fun and put in a good day’s work. A smile and a cheerful attitude will go a long way when we’re tired, hot, or just plain confused!
Q: What should I wear? Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and the task. You will get hot, sweaty, cold, dirty and dusty and your clothes may get torn or stained. CLOSED TOED SHOES ARE A MUST! No sandals! Work or hiking boots are good for heavy construction. Long sleeves and pants are a must for roof work and insulation. Shirts must be worn at all times.