Youth present special safety concerns on our build sites. The following policies ensure their safety. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Youth under age 16 are not allowed on any site while construction activities are in progress.
A parent/guardian must complete a Houston Habitat Minor Release and Waiver Form to enable youth ages 16 and 17 to volunteer and submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Youth ages 16 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult and may participate in most construction activities, but are not allowed to use power tools or perform roof work. Note that other restrictions may be imposed on site.
No! Volunteers of all skill levels are welcome. Skilled leaders explain and supervise each task.
Plan to volunteer rain or shine. If weather conditions require cancellation, a late start or an early end, schedule changes will be posted by 6:00 a.m. on the day of the build on our weather hotline. Just call 713-671-9993 and select option 4 for current build day status.
We ask that volunteers arrive between 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. Work will begin at 8:00 a.m. and last until 2 p.m. We encourage frequent hydration breaks and we break for lunch around 11 a.m.
Dress with safety in mind and remember that construction sites are dirty! Clothes should fit comfortably, but should not be baggy (long sleeves should be buttoned) and should not have obscene or controversial messages or be overly tight or revealing. Shorts should be no less than mid-thigh length. We recommend athletic shoes, work shoes or work boots. ABSOLUTELY NO OPEN TOE, OPEN HEEL OR HIGH HEEL SHOES. Jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, rings, dangling earrings, etc.) should not be worn.
All of the safety gear and hand and power tools needed for each volunteer will be provided. We provide gloves, but you may wish to bring your own as sizes and preferences vary. You may bring your own hand tools only (no power tools!), but please be sure to clearly label them to prevent them from being commingled with others.
We provide cold, bottled water on-site. Volunteers are responsible for their own lunches. Please check with your group coordinator (if applicable) to see if a group lunch is being provided. If not, please feel free to bring a sack lunch.
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If you have not signed up to volunteer with us before, you must create an account first. Then you can register for your build/event.
If you already have an account, login, then register for your build/event.
Make sure you use a unique email address. You will not be able to register if you share an email address with someone else who has already signed up to volunteer with Houston Habitat.
Online registration ensures that each volunteer has agreed to waive claims for liability, allows us to track the number of hours volunteers contribute and allows us to keep volunteer information organized and secure.