Have more questions about volunteering with Habitat Chesapeake? We’ve got your answers!
What is the age requirement to volunteer on the construction site?
Everyone on the construction site must be at least 16 years of age. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone, 21 years of age or older. One chaperone can oversee up to four individual volunteers under the age of 18.
What should I bring with me to volunteer?
On the construction site, Habitat Chesapeake will provide all tools, including protective eye- and ear-wear, necessary for your volunteer day. Gloves are not provided so if you prefer to wear work gloves, we recommend bringing your own. Each construction site will have water coolers but please bring a reusable water bottle as we work to cut back on paper cup waste to stay "green".
What should I wear to volunteer?
For construction and ReStore volunteers, get ready to get dirty! Closed shoes, both around your toes and heels, are required at all times. Please wear clothing that you won’t mind taking home covered in some dirt or paint. Don’t forget to consider the weather as well. Wear layers in the colder months and rain gear on the gloomier days. In the warmer months, sunscreen and a hat are great accessories to throw in your bag before leaving home.
Volunteers in our offices are asked to wear work-appropriate, business casual attire.
What time do I need to arrive on the construction site?
Our construction sites open at 8:15. Volunteers are expected to arrive no later than 8:30.
Are volunteers provided lunch?
No, we encourage individuals to bring a packed lunch. However, those volunteering as part of a Team Build will be provided lunch.
For all volunteers, we recommend eating breakfast before you arrive at the site. Around 11:30 am, we break for a 30 minute lunch.
Do I need to have prior construction experience?
Absolutely not! Volunteers of all skill levels are welcome. Our trained and skilled staff, AmeriCorps crew leaders and Red Hats will provide guidance and support for all tasks throughout the day. We encourage volunteers to try new tasks and learn new things but you will never be forced to perform a task you are uncomfortable with, such as climbing a ladder or using a power saw.
What kind of commitment do we ask of our volunteers?
Habitat Chesapeake offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities with various levels of commitment, from as little as a few hours to more long-term commitments. We are happy to work with you to find a volunteer position that is just right for you.
What days can I volunteer?
Individual construction volunteer opportunities are available on Fridays and Saturdays. Certain programs, such as Team Build, offer volunteer days throughout the week, including Wednesdays and Thursdays.
ReStore volunteer opportunities are available almost every day of the week.
Depending on the department, our office volunteers are typically scheduled during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.
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