Frequently Asked Questions

 

How do I sign up to volunteer?

To sign up to volunteer at a build site, click here. To volunteer at the Habitat ReStore, call the ReStore to schedule your first day of volunteering at 262-898-2929. 

It’s important to us that all our volunteers have a productive and rewarding experience, so we only schedule the number of volunteers that we can safely and comfortably accommodate on each day. When we have recruited the maximum number of volunteers that we can host on a particular day, we will no longer recruit additional volunteers.


Are there age restrictions?

Volunteers must be 16 years old or older at the build sites. Volunteers under the age of 18 must bring a waiver signed by a legal guardian with them to the construction site on their scheduled build day. Minor volunteers may not operate power tools or work at heights above six feet. There is no upper age limit for volunteers. You can be 14 years of age or older to volunteer at the ReStore.


When can i volunteer on a build site?

The construction sites are open Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until 12 p.m. It is important to arrive on time so that you do not miss sign-in, safety instruction, and work crew assignments. All volunteers must sign up for their volunteer shift in advance. Volunteers who show up to site or the ReStore without pre-registering may be asked to leave if we are at our volunteer capacity for the day.


We welcome volunteers of all skill levels and we provide all the training that you need! We assume no skills or prior construction experience, and the construction staff will provide plenty of instruction and supervision throughout the day. 

What if I’ve never done construction before?


The safety of our volunteers is paramount to us. All volunteers must complete the online safety course prior to joining us on site. We also encourage volunteers to view this construction site safety video.

what safety information should i know?


All types of building tasks are performed on a Habitat construction site. Please be prepared to assist in whatever the day’s tasks may be. Remember... every task performed helps to build homes! While tasks often include using power tools or working at heights, volunteers will not be expected to do any task that make them uncomfortable.

What kind of work will we do?


  • We do not discriminate on basis of race, creed, ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.

  • Be conscious of the safety of others and yourself.

  • Do not continue working on a task that you are unable to do or feel uncertain about.

  • If you have any questions, please ask.

  • Hard hats are to be worn when any overhead tasks are being performed. Bring a hard hat if you have one. If not, one will be provided.

  • Volunteers must wear protective glasses anytime he or she is operating power tools.

  • We work year-round and work outside in the elements. We only cancel work when there is dangerous weather.

What to expect on site:


  • Comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Light clothing is recommended for the hot weather. Layering clothing is recommended for cold weather. Please wear rain gear when working in the rain.

  • Closed-toe shoes or boots. You will not be allowed to volunteer on site if you wear sandals, flip flops or slip-on shoes. All shoes must be tied properly.

what should i wear to volunteer?


  • Water bottle (we have water on site)

  • Snacks (unless lunch provided by your volunteer group)

  • Sunscreen

  • Optional: gloves, hard hat and safety glasses if you have them (if not, you can borrow ours)

  • Optional: personal tools (hammer, measuring tape, etc.). Please leave your personal power tools home, as they are not allowed on the construction site.

What to bring:


  • Smoking, drugs, and alcohol are not allowed on our construction sites, in the office or at the ReStore.

  • We recommend you do not bring valuables, including jewelry, when you volunteer with Habitat.

  • All volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years old. All youth must have a waiver form completed and signed by a legal guardian prior to volunteering on site.

Rules/ recommendat-ions:


Construction will often continue during rain, depending on the stage of construction. Usually we will have enough work to do indoors to continue working in inclement weather. If the build site will be closed due to weather, you will be notified no later than 8 am the day of your build. You can also check our Instagram and Facebook page for site closings/updates.

It’s Raining! What do I do?