Frequently Asked Questions
Do we need construction experience to volunteer?
What should we expect volunteering with Habitat?
Can I bring a Group?
Are there age restrictions for youth?
What should I wear?
What should I bring?
What happens if there is inclement weather?
How physically demanding is the construction?
How do we sign up?
What can volunteers expect from Habitat?
What can Habitat expect from volunteers?
Expect to have some fun, learn new things and work hard. We meet on site each morning and start the day with orientation and training, including a safety talk. We will work in the morning and break for lunch at noon. (Please pack a lunch.) Work resumes in the afternoon until cleanup. Our skilled site supervisors are there all day to lead you.
Absolutely! Our construction sites provide many volunteer opportunities for groups of 10-15 people. Additionally, groups of 1-5 can volunteer in our HabiStore. To sign up a group, please contact Van Buren County Habitat for Humanity at firstname.lastname@example.org or (269) 302-0211.
Yes, for safety reasons there are some restrictions:
- Chaperones are required for youth under 18 years old
- 16-17 year olds may assist on most construction sites, but may not use power tools or work from a height of six feet or more
- 14-15 year olds may paint and landscape on the construction site
- Youth under 14 years may not volunteer on the construction site, but there are still many youth volunteer opportunities
For more details, please contact our office at (269) 302-0211 or email@example.com.
- Dress modestly in layers appropriate for the weather with a water resistant outer layer
- Bring a hat to shade you from the sun or a winter cap to fit under a hard hat
- Assume the house is not air conditioned or heated
- Shirts must be worn at all times
- Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes
- Wear clothes that can get dirty or get paint on them
We work in light rain, but if there is heavy rain or lightning we will break and allow the weather to clear. If inclement weather persists we will try to move to an indoor site.
We do work while it is snowing, but we advise all volunteers to use their own best judgment regarding road conditions
- Safe Work Environments: Whether at a construction site, the ReStore, or a special event, we work hard to keep you safe. Safety orientations kick off every construction day, and safety equipment is provided.
- Productive Work Days: Everything you need (tools, supplies and work plan) will be waiting for you, and by the end of the day you’ll see tangible results of your labor.
- Learn New Skills: No experience is necessary—we mean it! Our site supervisors are trained to teach you everything you need to know.
- Patience, Perspective and a Sense of Humor: We work hard and we have fun doing it!
- Prompt Arrival: A prompt start to each volunteer shift ensures we can finish our homes on schedule. Plus, having everyone on hand for orientation makes our work sites safer and more efficient.
- Safety: Please use tools and equipment as instructed and adhere to safety procedures. Closed-toed shoes are required, and each volunteer must sign a liability waiver before working.
- Commitment: If you sign up to volunteer, we count on you, and so do our homebuyer families!
- Flexibility: Sometimes weather doesn’t cooperate, a task doesn’t go exactly according to plan or we need to refocus our efforts on a special project. Either way, we’ll make it work and hope you will too!