Yes. All construction volunteers must be at least 16-years-old, no exceptions and must be accompanied by a parent/guardian during the entire volunteer shift (construction & ReStore).
Task restrictions for 16 & 17-year-old volunteers: (include but are not limited to):
- Cannot work at heights 6 feet & above (no roof work)
- Cannot use power tools
Parent or guardian of minor volunteers must sign the additional minor release waiver.
No, not at all!
Previous experience never hurts, but it isn’t necessary. Our experienced construction crew will provide all of the on-the-job training needed for the day’s tasks.
Unless you hear otherwise from a Habitat Cabarrus staff member via email (by 6:45 a.m. the day of your scheduled shift), plan to volunteer rain or shine. Site supervisors can often adjust tasks to accommodate for inclement weather.
We have multiple construction volunteer opportunities for this year.
The majority of Habitat’s volunteers donate their time on the construction site, building homes alongside our partner families and construction staff on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. No experience is necessary to volunteer — we are a teaching organization!
For a complete list of tasks with descriptions click here.
We are flexible! A normal site workday is 9-1 but we can make your time work at the ReStore or on-site. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
All necessary tools and safety gear will be provided by Habitat Cabarrus. If preferred, you may bring your own. Please label all personal tools with your name. Although not mandatory, volunteers are suggested to bring their own work gloves, if available.
Water is provided on-site. Lunch is not provided by Habitat Cabarrus during the volunteer shift. Volunteers can plan to eat after their 9-1 shift.
Court-ordered community service may not be completed on Habitat Cabarrus construction sites. However, opportunities to fulfill community service hours are available at the Habitat Cabarrus ReStore. Everything you need to know about community service at the ReStore can be found on the ReStore site.
Habitat Cabarrus builds year-round in ALL types of weather. We are equipped to work through rain, snow and high/low temperatures depending on the stage of construction. Because volunteer safety is our top priority we follow specific policies. We appreciate volunteers working with us to ensure the construction site remains safe.
Always assume your scheduled workday is happening unless you are contacted directly and told otherwise. Habitat Cabarrus reserves the right to cancel a volunteer day as late as the day of the scheduled project.
Cold Weather Policy:
- Habitat reserves the right to cancel any volunteer activity due to unsafe travel conditions due to ice or snow.
- Construction Site Manager will close the site early if the temperature becomes dangerously cold or dips below 20 degrees.
- A “Buddy System” will also be implemented to ensure no one is building alone; monitor each other for signs of danger such as uncontrolled shivering, slurred speech, clumsy movements, fatigue and/or confused behavior.
Hot Weather Policy:
- Construction work will not be performed if the temperature reaches 100 degrees.
- Construction Site Manager will close site early if the heat/humidity becomes dangerous (94+)
- Water is always available on site, and frequent breaks will be implemented.
- A “Buddy System” will also be implemented to ensure no one is building alone; monitor each other for signs of heat-related illness such as muscle cramping, headaches, nausea or vomiting, light headedness, dizziness, rapid pulse, fatigue and/or confused behavior.
Please note that safety is always our first priority. Weather-related issues and other unforeseen factors beyond our control occasionally require us to change a scheduled volunteer date. We only cancel/reschedule when conditions require such action.
We appreciate your understanding and flexibility should this occur on your build day.
Please contact the Volunteer Services team at email@example.com.