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Volunteering on the Construction Site

Helping on a Habitat construction site is one of the most unique, hands-on volunteer opportunities you can experience. It guarantees you the opportunity to change a life, though you might be surprised when it turns out to be your own. 

 

Whether you have never swung a hammer or you're a seasoned professional, we provide the training and tools needed to make a difference that you’ll see and feel at the end of the day. From building new homes to repairing existing ones, all construction volunteers build the strength and self-reliance a family needs to change their lives through homeownership.

questions & answers

I've never held a hammer in my life.  Can I still work on the construction site?

No previous construction experience or knowledge is necessary! Our Construction Manager and Volunteer Construction Leads will teach you everything you will need to know for that day's activities.

how old do I have to be to volunteer on the construction site?

You must be at least 17 years old to work on the construction site (16 if volunteering alongside a parent or guardian). Additionally, you must be at least 18 to work on a roof and/or scaffolding and use power tools. All minors under the age of 18 must arrive with a waiver signed by their parent or guardian.

what days can I volunteer on site?

For our individual volunteers and community groups, our volunteer build day is Saturday. Corporate groups and sponsors may be able to schedule a different volunteer build day during the week.

how do I get there? where should we park and meet?

The address of our current build site is included on our volunteer sign-up. Parking is typically available on the street; exceptions will be noted when you register for a workday. Please pay close attention to any posted street signs.

do I need to bring any tools?

We provide all the tools you’ll need. If you have a favorite hammer or other tools you’d like to use, please be sure to label personal tools with your name.

what should I wear?

Please wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty and sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Most volunteers wear:

  • Sneakers

  • Jeans or shorts

  • Old t-shirt

  • An old sweatshirt

  • Layers and sun protection to be prepared for any changes in the weather!

can I leave early or arrive late?

We ask that volunteers commit to the full time span of any event. That way, everyone receives all the key orientation and safety instructions at the start of the event and helps through cleanup at the end. If you are unable to commit to a full day, some volunteer opportunities offer half day options.

what should I bring?

Be prepared with:

  • a reusable water bottle

  • snacks

  • sturdy

  • closed-toed shoes

  • work clothes

  • clothing layers

  • a hat

  • sunscreen.

  • We will provide tools and safety equipment, but you can bring your own tool belt, gloves, and tools if you wish. If you have a favorite hammer or other tools you would like to use, please be sure to label personal tools with your name.

what about rain or other conditions?

For safety reasons, we will close the site in the event of heavy rain, but we generally work through light showers. We try to call for rain before the end of the business the day before.

how do I bring out a group?

You can find additional information about groups on our Corporate Partnership and our Faith and Community Groups pages.

is lunch provided?

On most build days, we try to provide our volunteers with lunch through either a restaurant or community donation. If you have a special dietary request or restriction, please plan to bring a brown bag lunch.

what if I have another question?

For additional questions or concerns, send an e-mail to the Volunteer/Engagement Coordinator.

Building strength, stability, and

self-reliance through shelter.

Monday-Friday: 9am - 5pm
p: 704-847-4266
office
2447 East John Street, Matthews, NC 28105
mailing address
PO Box 2008, Matthews, NC 28106
store hours
Tuesday-Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturdays: 9am - 5pm
CLOSED SUNDAY & MONDAY
donation hours
Tuesday-Friday: 10:30am - 4pm
Saturdays: 9:30am - 4pm
p: 704-845-2760
address
2447 East John Street, Matthews, NC 28105
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