Frequently Asked Questions - Volunteering with Habitat Denver
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Habitat Metro Denver. We have answers to many questions about volunteering with us. If you still have questions after reviewing these, please contact the volunteer department at the email address or phone number provided below.
What does a volunteer day look like?
On your volunteer day, we will greet you for sign-in several minutes before the scheduled start time for the day. Then a staff member will provide a short overview of Habitat and a safety orientation. Please note that safety is very important to us and your presence at the safety orientation is mandatory.
After orientation, supervisors will break the group into smaller teams, if necessary, and they will teach everyone the tasks for the day. If there is ever anything you are asked to do that you are uncomfortable with, the supervisor will be happy to help you get comfortable with the task or find another task for you.
Do I need construction experience?
Nope! All of our projects are built primarily with inexperienced volunteers who have a willingness to learn. Our construction supervisors will teach you what you need to know.
Is there an age requirement?
Yes. For new construction, home repair and renovation projects, all volunteers must be at least 16 years old. 16 and 17-year-old volunteers are not allowed to be on high ladders or use power tools and must have a parental waiver and medical release signed. Please note: Even if accompanied by a parent, children under 16 are not permitted on our construction sites.
For the production shop, age requirements vary based on the day. Some days are designated for volunteers 18 and older, while others are for volunteers 14 and older. Please check the age requirements before you sign up.
What is the time commitment asked of volunteers?
All volunteers are asked to commit to the full scheduled day for any project you sign up for. The time commitment varies based on the project and is noted in the details for each project.
Can I volunteer if I cannot arrive on time?
It is very important to arrive on time so you hear the safety orientation. If you arrive after the safety orientation, you will not be able to stay and volunteer.
What if I have physical limitations?
Information about volunteering with physical limitations can be found here.
What should I wear?
- Sturdy, closed-toe shoes (hiking shoes or boots, leather boots or a solid pair of athletic shoes) are required for volunteers.
- Wear clothing that can get dirty, ruined and/or paint-covered.
- During the warmer months you can wear shorts or long pants, whatever you are most comfortable in.
- During the winter, be sure to wear warm socks, layers, a hat and a warm coat that can get dirty.
- We have work gloves available on site, but please bring a pair if you have them.
What should I bring?
- A sack lunch (many sites are not near fast food options)
- A water bottle
Optional items include:
- An OSHA-approved hard hat and safety glasses. All volunteers are required to wear a hard hat and safety glasses, but we provide them on site.
- A tool belt and hand tools labeled with your name. Please do not bring your own power tools.
What if there is inclement weather?
If it is raining or snowing, please check our weather updates webpage for delays or cancellations. The website will be updated by 7 a.m. on your build day.
Can I bring a friend?
We would love for you to bring a friend. Please note that all volunteers must sign up in advance to ensure proper supervision, enough tools and adequate work space. If you want to schedule a group volunteer day, please visit our Group Page.
What if I can’t make it to a day that I signed up for?
As soon as you know that you will not be able to fulfill your commitment, please sign in to the VolunteerHub account that you created when you registered to cancel. The more advance notice we are given, the more likely it is that we’ll be able to recruit additional volunteers.
Are there other ways to help Habitat?
Yes! In addition to volunteering on our construction sites and in the production shop, volunteers may also volunteer in our ReStores, serve on committees, and volunteer for special projects. Learn about all of our opportunities here. You can also help by making a monetary contribution. Our largest source of income comes from local individual donations. If every volunteer donated $10, we could build one more home each year!
Can court-ordered community service be done at a build site or in the production shop?
No, but we would love to have you complete your court-ordered community service at one of our ReStores.
How do I sign up to volunteer?
Please sign up here. The first time you sign up, you will need to create an account. If you want to sign up again, just sign in and sign up for the day you’d like to volunteer. Once you sign up, you will receive a confirmation email with all the build day details.
Still have questions? Contact the construction volunteer coordinator at 720-496-2716 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is a Habitat ReStore?
The five Habitat Metro Denver ReStores sell donated home improvement and home furnishings to the public at a discount. One hundred percent of our profits support our mission to create strength, stability and self-reliance for local low-income families through affordable housing.
What does a ReStore volunteer day look like?
Volunteers in our ReStores unload donations, organize inventory, arrange furniture, help customers and load up sales. Volunteers on our trucks support our drivers as they pick-up donations in the metro area.
What is the age requirement?
All volunteers must be at least 16 years old. 16 and 17-year-old volunteers must have a minor waiver that includes parental waiver and medical release signed by their parent/guardian.
When can I volunteer?
ReStores have two volunteer shifts per day:
Monday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 2 - 6 p.m.
ReStore trucks shifts are Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Please arrive at the ReStore a few minutes before your shift begins. Be sure to arrive on time so you hear the orientation and safety training. If you arrive during or after the talk you will not be able to stay and volunteer. Volunteers commit to working the entire shift.
Volunteers who come in for a morning shift may stay into the afternoon shift. Just let the ReStore staff know that you will be staying into the afternoon.
What should I wear?
The ReStore is a warehouse environment and volunteers should dress appropriately. Volunteers must wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes (tennis shoes are fine but no crocs or flip-flops). Dress is casual with a t-shirt and jeans or t-shirt and shorts in the summer.
The ReStores can be dirty and dusty, so chances are you will leave here less pristine than when you came!
What are the physical requirements?
It is not uncommon to lift up to 50 pounds at a time or to help move couches, large windows, and appliances. There will be a safety orientation in the morning.
If you have any medical concerns (pregnancy, back problems, etc.) or cannot handle the physical demands, the ReStores may not be a good fit for you.
Do I get a break during my shift?
Volunteers working one shift can take a 30 minute break. Volunteers working two shifts in a row can take a 10 minute break in the morning, a 30 minute lunch and a 10 minute break in the evening.
We have a community kitchen for volunteers to use. For your 30 minutes lunch break, you may bring your lunch or go out. Please tell a staff member when you are taking a break. Break or lunch cannot be taken at the beginning or end of the shift.
Can I do school, work, benefits or court-ordered community service at the ReStore?
We welcome volunteers doing all kinds of community service hours. If your hours are court-ordered, you cannot volunteer if your ticket is related to theft, aggression or adult crimes involving minors. Learn more about our court-ordered community service program.
What if I can’t make my shift?
We count on your commitment to volunteer. However, if you are not able to make your shift, please cancel at least 24 hours before your shift begins so we can replace you. Volunteers who miss shifts are allowed three no-shows before they are ineligible to volunteer.
What if there is inclement weather?
If it is raining or snowing, please check our weather updates webpage for delays or cancellations. The website will be updated by 8 a.m. on your volunteer day.
Who do I contact if I want to schedule a group?
If you want to schedule a group volunteer day, please visit our Group Page.
Still have questions? Contact the ReStore volunteer coordinator at email@example.com.