Construction Volunteer FAQ
Below are questions commonly asked by our construction volunteers. If you don't find the answer to your question here, please don't hesitate to contact us.
- Do you verify court-ordered community service hours?
- How do I sign up to volunteer?
- I've never held a hammer in my life. Can I still volunteer?
- What is a typical volunteer day schedule?
- How old do I have to be to volunteer?
- What should I wear?
- It's raining! What do I do?
- Should I bring my own lunch?
- What should I bring? Do I need my own tools?
- How can I become a regular volunteer?
- What if I want to organize a group to volunteer?
- How far in advance can I schedule a volunteer day?
- I have to cancel! What do I do?
Do you verify court-ordered community service hours? Sorry, we are not able to verify court-ordered community service hours. However, we can provide documentation of hours for school or similar requirements.
How do I sign up to volunteer?
Individuals interested in volunteering on our construction sites or in our Stores should first attend a New Volunteer Orientation after which they can sign up for upcoming volunteer opportunities. New Volunteer Orientations are held 2x per month in Tacoma and 1x per month in Puyallup. Check our Event Calendar for upcoming orientations. Groups interested in volunteering should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
I've never held a hammer in my life. Can I still volunteer?
Yes! We welcome volunteers of any skill level and provide all the training you will need. No previous construction experience is required.
What is a typical volunteer day schedule?
Our construction sites are open to volunteers Wednesday thru Saturday, year-round. We ask that volunteers commit to a full-day (8:45am - 3:30pm) shift.
Habitat Stores are open to volunteers Tuesday through Saturday, with both morning (9am-1pm) and afternoon (2pm-6pm) shifts at all Store locations.
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to work on any of our construction sites or in the Habitat Stores. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult throughout their volunteer day. Groups of young adults (under 18) must have one adult (over age 21) for every five youth. If you are under 16, but still want to volunteer, please check out our youth volunteer opportunities.
What should I wear?
We require volunteers to wear closed-toed shoes, long pants, and shirts with sleeves - both on our construction sites and in the Stores. Absolutely NO shorts, capris, yoga pants, tank tops, or open-toed shoes are allowed. Volunteers wearing these items will be asked to leave site. We suggest layered clothing for all weather conditions. Please also consider that as a volunteer you will be representing Habitat for Humanity and should choose clothing that in no way would be considered offensive.
It's raining! What do I do?
Don't fret! We typically build rain or shine, but if weather conditions cause safety concerns, then your build day could be cancelled. We try to provide as much advance notice as the weather allows, and we will contact volunteers accordingly. If you don't hear from us, bring your rain gear!
Should I bring my own lunch?
Yes, unless you are told otherwise, please bring your own lunch. Because our lunch break is only 30 minutes we ask all volunteers to remain on site, so please plan ahead.
What should I bring? Do I need my own tools?
All the tools you need will be provided. However, you may bring your own work gloves, hand tools, hard hat, and safety goggles if you prefer. Please make sure everything is labeled. DO bring a lunch, water bottle, sunscreen, and layered clothing. Please leave valuables at home as there is no secure storage at any of our sites.
How can I become a regular volunteer?
If you're interested in becoming a regular volunteer, please register for a build day and talk with your construction site manager about your interest when you volunteer.
What if I want to organize a group to volunteer?
If you wish to bring a group out to volunteer, we suggest that you check out our Team Habitat page as Team Habitat participants receive priority scheduling over other groups during busy periods.
How far in advance can I schedule a volunteer day?
Groups are able to schedule anytime in the current calendar year, with the calendar for the following year opening in late fall. Individuals and Habitat partner families can reserve space on the calendar up to one month ahead of time. Groups are prioritized, with first priority given to Team Habitat groups. We suggest booking 3-6 months in advance for warm weather months.
I have to cancel! What do I do?
Login to your volunteer account and you will see your reservation–follow the prompts to cancel. There is also a link to cancel in your build day confirmation email. If you can’t login, please email us at email@example.com and we will cancel the reservation for you.