Here are some frequently asked questions about volunteering! Please contact us if you have any additional questions or concerns.
Frequently Asked questions
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
Construction site volunteers must be at least 16 years old.
All minors, regardless of volunteer activity, are restricted from high risk tasks, such as working on ladders or using power tools. All minors will be prompted to print off and have a parent or guardian sign a minor permission form upon signing up for an event. These forms cover volunteer activities for 365 days from their completion. Please check opportunities carefully for specific age-related restrictions.
What should i wear to volunteer?
Close-toed shoes are required to volunteer and hard-toed boots are recommended. You will be turned away if you wear open-toed shoes, such as flip-flops. We recommend dressing in layers including long pants, such as jeans; a t-shirt that you would not mind getting dirty; and a hat and sun-block.
What should i Bring to volunteer? Is it okay to bring tools?
Bring a water bottle, hat, sun-block, and lunch, unless your group is arranging for lunch to be delivered. Lunch break is only 30 minutes and having everyone stay on site makes it easier for us to get back to work in the afternoon. You can bring hand tools and gloves if you would like.
We have all the personal protective equipment you will need onsite, as well as all of the tools we need for the work we have planned that day. We ask that you do not bring power tools to site as our superintendents would need to inspect each tool for safe operation.
What will I be doing when I volunteer at a construction site?
The stage of construction determines what you will be doing. Volunteers assist in all phases of construction, from framing to finishes. Do not worry if you have never participated in building a home before. Our superintendents and volunteer crew leaders will teach you everything you need to know and make sure you feel comfortable in the task you are assigned.
What is the time commitment for volunteering? Do I need to commit to volunteering every month?
There is no minimum commitment for volunteering. There are many opportunities for you to get involved, and we encourage you to get as involved as you would like.
What happens in the event of rain?
Our Construction and Volunteer Services staff monitor the weather prior to every build. If the tasks for the day can be done in the rain or are indoors, we will continue as scheduled. If the work is outside or unsafe because of rain conditions, we will inform all volunteers of any changes or cancellations to the event a day or two prior.