General Volunteer Information

To view current volunteer opportunities, click here.

AGE REQUIREMENTS

  • No one under 14 years of age is allowed on any build site.
  • Volunteers who are 14 and 15 years of age can work on Landscape Day (usually Week 9 of the build).  They cannot be on site when power tools are being used (usually Weeks 1 through 8).
  • Volunteers who are 16 and 17 years of age can do general construction, but cannot do excavation, demolition, use power tools or work at heights above six feet. They can do general carpentry.
  • Anyone under 18 years of age must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. A Minor Waiver will be sent to the minor after registration. The minor must give the signed waiver to the House Leader on site at the time of the event. The minor may also email the Volunteer Coordinator (dwalker@nwmetroatlantahabitat.org) for a blank copy of the Minor Waiver.
  • Anyone 18 years or older may register for any volunteer opportunity through the year.

GROUPS

Want to bring a group to volunteer? Complete this form to indicate your interest.  Someone from our staff will be in touch with you soon.

TASKS

Duties may include, but are not limited to: wall framing, siding, interior and exterior trim, painting, cleaning, and landscaping.

All tools and supplies will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own hand tools if you want to.

No tools, skills or experience is necessary. You can volunteer as an individual or bring a group out.

TIME

We host construction volunteer opportunities mostly on Saturdays from mid February to mid November.  Sometimes events are held on Thursdays.

Construction days are almost always from 7:45 am to 4 pm.

PARKING

On-street parking is available at most locations. We ask that you are mindful of not blocking driveways or mailboxes to respect our neighbors.

WEATHER

We make every effort to keep events open. We will continue to build outdoors in the case of light rain. In the case of heavy rain or other inclement weather, we may need to cancel your volunteer event. The Volunteer Coordinator will make every effort to reach out to you in advance via email if you are scheduled for an affected event.

VERIFIED HOURS

Are you doing hours for court? – Email our Volunteer Coordinator (dwalker@nwmetroatlantahabitat.org) for more information.

Will you need your hours verified for school or other program? Log into our volunteer management system, view your profile, and print out your hours.

OTHER QUESTIONS?

Please email our Volunteer Coordinator (dwalker@nwmetroatlantahabitat.org)

SPECIAL CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITIES

We have many different types of volunteers.

Build Site Volunteer: This is the typical volunteer experience you think of when you hear Habitat for Humanity.  It's a full day of construction work that ranges from raising exterior walls to painting and landscaping.  It requires a day long commitment (7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and usually occurs on Saturdays.

Construction Committee: This is a group of committed volunteers who regularly work on construction sites and tasks. House Leaders, Crew Leaders and "gray ghosts" come from this core group of volunteers who meet at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the Affiliate's office.

Events: From time to time the Affiliate participates in or holds special events. Volunteers are needed both ahead of time and at these functions (e.g., sponsor appreciation, community exhibits, fundraisers, local fairs, etc.).

Safety Leader: Help us keep our build sites as safe as possible. Do you want to support a Habitat build, but cannot perform the level of physical labor required? The safety leader is a mandatory volunteer position. The safety leader is responsible for verifying (check-in and sign-in) volunteers at the beginning of the day. He or she distributes and monitors the use of wristbands and safety protection (e.g., ear plugs, gloves, goggles, etc.). In addition, the safety leader walks the build site to ensure adequate hydration and look for hazards.

Photographer: At special events, dedications, and sometimes on build days that are not sponsored by a specific group, we appreciate having a volunteer dedicated to taking photos. Habitat can supply the camera, so consider indulging in your photography hobby as a volunteer for us.

Family Selection Committee:  The Family Selection Committee meets monthly to review and make recommendation for approval of the families who have made application for homeownership. Due to the sensitive nature of the information presented, this is a closed committee. Committee members must be willing to go through orientation and public background verification. The committee also works with staff and the Homeowner Support committee to develop programs to support homeowner success.

Homeowner Support Committee: The Homeowner Support Committee serves both our newly selected homeowners as well as existing homeowners who are interested in continuing education. Members of this committee serve as mentors to newly approved homeowners by offering support to them as they navigate the process of contributing sweat equity and attending financial responsibility classes. Committee members must be willing to go through orientation and public background verification. This committee works directly with staff to develop continuing education programs and seek support from the community at large for resources and programs that would benefit Habitat homeowners. This committee meets monthly.