Do I need construction experience to volunteer on a Habitat build?
NO! All skill levels are welcome. Our trained staff will help you with any task. Please note that construction is a physical task and you should be comfortable being on your feet for extended periods of time.
When is the construction site open?
Our construction site is open for volunteers Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. We start our build day at 8:30 a.m. with a brief Habitat orientation, group prayer, and safety briefing. You must be present for the safety briefing. Please plan to arrive early enough to complete a waiver of liability if you do not already have one. We finish our day at 4:00 p.m. Space accommodations for larger groups can be made by breaking up our work day into two work shifts.
Why must I sign a waiver of liability and photographic release?
All volunteers are required to sign a waiver of liability and photographic release. The wavier releases Habitat for Humanity of Spartanburg from any liability in the event of accident or injury. Quite frequently, Habitat staff members take pictures at the construction site to capture the progress of the home. The photographic release gives our affiliate permission to use pictures captured in our newsletters, website, or other publications.
What will I be doing as a construction site volunteer?
Tasks that are assigned daily vary upon the progression of our building project. All the tasks are construction involved that may include but not limited to: framing, roofing, siding, insulation, drywall, painting, trim work, and landscaping. Our construction site supervisors will not ask a volunteer to attempt any task they feel uncomfortable performing.
Will I need to bring tools?
You should plan to bring your own work gloves. Habitat will supply all other tools and safety equipment for the assigned project.
Will I work in the rain/snow/excessive heat?
Our construction staff will watch the weather closely. If the weather deems unsafe for volunteers to be on the construction site, the volunteer coordinator will contact you with information regarding postponement or cancelations. If you do not hear from the volunteer coordinator, we will continue to work according to plan. Please arrive to the site dressed appropriately for the current weather conditions.
Do I have to watch the safety video?
The safety of our volunteers is of prime importance at Habitat. Construction site volunteers should complete the Volunteering on a Habitat for Humanity Job Site course prior to your scheduled build date. Volunteers that take this course will receive a certificate of completion from our affiliate.
Additional Safety: Volunteers can also watch a Habitat Construction Safety Orientation video for additional safety information.
ReStore volunteers should complete the ReStore Safety and Loss Control online safety course prior to you scheduled service date.
What should I wear to work?
As previously mentioned, please dress for the weather conditions. Habitat recommends to wear clothing that you don't mind getting dirty or paint-splattered. It is a requirement to wear fully enclosed shoes or work boots when volunteering. Flip flops and open toed shoes are strictly prohibited on the construction site.
For more information regarding what to wear, you may use the following resource:
How does Habitat handle lunch?
Volunteers need to bring their own lunch. You may also want to bring a snack for breaks. Water will be provided at the worksite.
Are there any restrictions on age for participation?
You must be at least 16 years of age to volunteer. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign their waiver of liability and be accompanied by a responsible adult when volunteering. Youth volunteers are restricted from using any power tool on the construction site as well as working from a height above four (4) feet.
Will I be able to work with a Habitat homeowner?
Future homeowners are required to complete 250 hours of "sweat equity." There is a chance that when you come volunteer on the construction site you will work with a homeowner. Please take the time to meet them and learn more about their experience.
Do you accept group volunteers?
Yes! We are always looking to partner with churches, businesses, organizations, etc. To register a group, visit our online calendar.
Where is the construction site?
Our construction site location changes frequently as we are expanding our mission to build outside the city limits. To view a map of our locations, visit our online calendar and click on any date.