Volunteers are the heart and backbone of Habitat.
Time and time again, our community has demonstrated its generosity through countless hours of volunteering. Through this collective effort families have been able to move into their very own homes – Thank You Volunteers!
Helena Area Habitat for Humanity still aims to seek passionate individuals and organizations to join us in our fight against substandard housing in Lewis and Clark County.
Helena Area Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, color, cultural heritage, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, physical condition, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status or any other status protected under local, state or federal law.
Guidelines for Construction Volunteers
- The day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.
- We do not have set break times, but feel free to take a break whenever needed.
- Be conscious of the safety of others and yourself.
- Do not continue working on a task that you are unable to do or feel uncertain about.
- Always ask questions.
- Hard hats are to be worn when any overhead tasks are being performed.
- Volunteers must wear protective glasses anytime they are operating power tools.
- We work year-round and work outside in the rain. We only cancel work when there is dangerous weather.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
Volunteers must be 16 years old or older. Volunteers under the age of 18 must bring a youth waiver signed by a parent, with them to the construction site on their scheduled build day. Minor volunteers may not operate power tools or work at heights above six feet.
When can I volunteer for construction?
The construction sites are typically open to volunteers on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm (although exceptions can be made in certain cases). We give priority to groups and individual volunteers who can commit to the full day. It is important to arrive on time so you don’t miss sign-in, safety instruction and work crew assignments.
What if I have never done any construction before?
All skill levels are welcome! We assume no skills or prior construction experience. The construction supervisor will provide plenty of instruction and oversight throughout the day.
What kind of work will we do?
All sorts of work takes place on a Habitat construction site. Please be prepared to assist in whatever the day’s tasks may be and remember that every job helps to build homes! If you have special skills, don’t be shy! Let construction staff know upon your arrival in case you can be of unique assistance. While tasks often include using power tools or working at heights, volunteers will not be expected to do any task that make them uncomfortable.
Should I bring anything?
We recommend bringing a water bottle, some sunscreen, and a lunch and some snacks (unless lunch is provided by your volunteer group). If you have any personal tools you’d prefer to use over the ones we provide, feel free! For example: a hammer, tape measure, carpenter’s pencil, work gloves, safety glasses, etc. We do ask that you do not bring any power tools from home, we have plenty on site for you to use.
What should I wear?
Closed toe/ heel shoes or boots are required. Volunteers who do not come to the site with the proper foot wear will not be able to participate. Wear clothes that are appropriate for the weather conditions and that you don’t mind getting dirty or stained. We recommend wearing layers so that you can be comfortable throughout the day.
What is NOT allowed on site?
We strongly discourage you from bringing valuables, including jewelry, to our worksites. Personal power tools are not allowed. There is no smoking, drugs, or alcohol allowed on our work sites.
How do I sign up to volunteer?
Please visit our volunteer calendar to sign-up for a volunteer day. The calendar can be found under the “get involved” tab on our website’s homepage.
Volunteers must schedule their build days in advance. Because it’s important to us that all our volunteers have a productive and rewarding experience, we only recruit the number of volunteers that we can safely and comfortably accommodate on each day. Therefore, volunteers must reserve a spot for themselves before their build day. When we have recruited the maximum number of volunteers that we can host on a particular day, we will no longer recruit additional volunteers.
If you are interested in volunteering at the ReStore, please fill out our volunteer application here.
What if I need verification for my service hours?
We are happy to provide a signed letter on our letterhead documenting your volunteer hours. Please request a letter for your total hours, after your last volunteer day is complete, by emailing email@example.com. Allow two weeks from your request to receive your letter in the mail. We cannot guarantee that we can provide your letter earlier, so please plan accordingly.