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Volunteer FAQ

FAQs

 

Do I need to have construction skills?

No, we do not require previous construction experience — just a willingness to work hard, learn, and be flexible. But if you do have construction experience (like carpentry, electrical, dry-walling, etc), we encourage you to utilize it on site with us!

 

Is there a minimum age for volunteering?

All construction volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. Youth ages 16 and 17 are not permitted to use power tools or work more than 10 feet off the ground. They must also volunteer with a supervising adult age 21 or older.

ReStore volunteers ages 14-15 may do so with a supervising adult age 21 or older. Age 16+ may volunteer independently at our retail stores.

 

What will I be doing on the construction site?

It all depends on the state of construction of the home we are building. You might be doing demolition, hanging drywall, painting or landscaping. You will be trained for the task of the day by our experienced construction team. We work with small groups to assure everyone has a job to do.

The most important thing to bring is your flexibility. Though some tasks may seem less glamorous than others, we assure you that all are equally important to the completion of the home.

 

What is the time commitment expected from volunteers?

We work from 8:30am to 3:30pm. We ask volunteers to arrive promptly at 8:30 to review safety instructions. In order for our projects to be successful, we need volunteers to commit to the entire day.

 

What should I bring to the construction site?

We ask you to pack your own lunch. Water is available on-site. We will provide all safety equipment and tools. Wear closed toe shoes and clothing you don’t mind getting dirty. Sunscreen and dressing in layers is also recommended.

 

What about cancellations for inclement weather

We build rain or shine as long as there is a roof overhead. If weather is extreme and we need to cancel a build day, we will attempt to contact scheduled volunteers via email or phone. If you are unsure of the status or are uncomfortable traveling in bad weather, our construction site supervisor’s cell phone is available in the emails we send with directions and confirming your participation. Please let us know if you will not be able to participate in your scheduled build day!