Volunteering on the construction site and in our office is currently suspended at this time until further notice due to the regulations put in place by the State of Virginia and our Board of Directors. We will continue to monitor the situation and re-open volunteering when it is safe to do so. We hope to welcome you on-site in the next few months!
Thank you – the Central Valley Habitat for Humanity Team
As a local non-profit, we run on community support. By volunteering with us, you can change the lives of families here in the valley.
By joining us, you join a network of over 500 local volunteers that work in all aspects of our organization! We have multiple construction sites running 6 days a week (3 days a week for volunteers) including most Saturdays during the year.
Construction not what you’re interested in? Join one of our 7 committees, serve a rotation on our Board of Directors, complete yearly landscaping at our office, or help us ready direct mail campaigns! We have a place for everyone to make a difference.
Click the button below to head to our Volunteer Sign-Up Calendar on SignUP.com to see the available spots through the end of 2020.
Discover your inner carpenter
Construction Site volunteers
The majority of our construction is done by skilled and unskilled volunteers, if you don’t know how to swing a hammer, we’ll teach you!
Volunteer on Tuesday and Thursday mornings or most Saturdays as a group or individual. We have opportunities for both!
Individuals can come volunteer on-site after signing up for a specific opportunity, or if you have a lot of time to give, contact us about becoming a long-term volunteer or On-Site Volunteer Supervisor.
We have most Saturdays during active construction reserved for volunteer groups! Get together a group of friends, an office, a boy scout/girl scout troop, a church group…the sky is the limit! We cap our on-site opportunities at a maximum of 10 people. Visit our volunteer calendar to reserve a Saturday!
Why Should you volunteer with us?
By choosing Central Valley Habitat for Humanity, you’re helping build homes for local families in need.
sign-up for volunteer emails
The quickest and easiest way to find out when we need volunteers is by signing up to join our email list and then visiting our online Volunteer Calendar.
We want to make sure we have the right amount of volunteers on-site, so in order to get first pick of volunteer opportunities, please join our volunteer email list and then visit our online calendar.
Construction volunteers must sign up for their build days in advance. It’s important to us that all our volunteers have a productive and rewarding experience, so we only schedule the number of volunteers that we can safely and comfortably accommodate on each day (maximum of 10 for groups unless otherwise approved by contacting email@example.com).
When we have recruited the maximum number of volunteers that we can host on a particular day, we will no longer recruit additional volunteers.
Are there any age restrictions for construction volunteers?
Volunteers must be 16 years old or older to work on active construction. Volunteers under the age of 18 must bring a waiver signed by a legal guardian with them to the construction site on their scheduled build day, even when attending with a larger group. Volunteers under age 18 may not operate power tools or work at heights above six feet. There is no upper age limit for volunteers.
When can I volunteer on the construction site?
The construction sites run in daily shifts on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings from 8 AM – 12 PM. We may have multiple construction sites running, so unless you have a preference we will send you to the site where you are most needed. It is important to arrive on time so that you do not miss sign-in, safety instruction, and work crew assignments. All volunteers must sign up for their volunteer shift in advance. Volunteers who show up to the site without pre-registering may be asked to leave if we are at our volunteer capacity for the day.
What if I’ve never done any construction before?
We welcome volunteers of all skill levels and we provide all the training that you need! We assume no skills or prior construction experience, and the construction staff will provide plenty of instruction and supervision throughout the day.
What to Bring on Your Volunteer Day
- Water bottle (we have water on site)
- Lunch and snacks (unless provided by your volunteer group)
- Optional: gloves, hard hat and safety glasses if you have them (if not, you can borrow ours)
- Optional: personal tools (hammer, measuring tape, etc.). Please leave your personal power tools home, as they are not allowed on the construction site.
Rules & recommendations
- Smoking, drugs, and alcohol are not allowed on our construction sites, in the office or at the ReStore.
- We recommend you do not bring valuables, including jewelry, when you volunteer with Habitat.
- All volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years old. All youth must have a waiver form completed and signed by a legal guardian prior to volunteering on site.
Can I fulfill my court-appointed or school community service requirement with Habitat?
Volunteers needing to complete mandated Community Service hours for class, court or other reasons are welcome to complete these hours on one of our construction sites.
We recommend completing your hours at one location to make it easier to track your hours.
Sign up for a volunteer shift.
Please arrive at least 5 minutes early for your scheduled shift. Find the construction site manager and inform them you are there to complete community service hours. Be sure to sign in and out. Before leaving, have the manager sign off on your hours on a provided Community Service Log, which will remain on site. We recommend you keep your own copy of your hours as well. All hours must be signed off on the day the hours were completed. Without a manager’s signature, these hours will not be counted toward your requirement.
What else should I know?
Throughout the Central Valley, Habitat works in partnership with neighborhoods that have their own unique identity and in many cases their own unique challenges. We encourage and ask all of our volunteers to embrace our community partners and neighbors as you build with us on site. As you work with us, please remember to remain mindful of your environment and utilize sound judgment at all times. If you have any concerns or questions, please communicate with the staff members working on the site.
What safety information should I know?
The safety of our volunteers is paramount to us. We also encourage volunteers to view this construction site safety video from Habitat for Humanity International.
What kind of work will we do?
All types of building tasks are performed on a Habitat construction site. Please be prepared to assist in whatever the day’s tasks may be. Remember… every task performed helps to build homes! While tasks often include using power tools or working at heights, volunteers will not be expected to do any task that makes them uncomfortable or does not fit their age restrictions.
What to Expect on the Habitat Construction Site
- We do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.
- 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.
- If you have any questions please ask.
- Hard hats are to be worn when any overhead tasks are being performed. Bring a hard hat if you have one. If not, one will be provided.
- Volunteers must wear protective glasses anytime he or she is operating power tools.
- We work year-round and work outside in the elements. We only cancel work when there is dangerous weather.
What should I wear to volunteer?
- Comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Light clothing is recommended for the hot weather. Layering clothing is recommended for cold weather. Please wear rain gear when working in the rain.
- Closed-toe shoes or boots. You will not be allowed to volunteer on site if you wear sandals, flip flops or slip-on shoes. All shoes must be tied properly.
It’s raining! What do I do?
Construction will often continue during rain, depending on the stage of construction. Usually, we will have enough work to do indoors to continue working in inclement weather. If concerned about the weather, please call our Construction Manager Buddy at (540) 421-4031. You can also check our Instagram and Facebook page for site closings/updates.
What if I get injured (or am injured already)?
We take the safety of our volunteers extremely seriously and pride ourselves on our safety record. Central Valley Habitat for Humanity staff are trained in First Aid and CPR and can attend to minor cuts and scrapes. Please notify staff of any pre-existing conditions or allergies and of any necessary precautions, such as a bee sting kit, inhaler, etc. We ask that all injuries, no matter how minor, be reported to the site manager. If a serious injury occurs, a staff person will assist you in getting emergency medical care.
If you have an existing injury or have limited mobility please contact our Community Outreach Coordinator Kirsten Lambert at firstname.lastname@example.org in advance to see if we have a safe volunteer task that day.
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 our Community Outreach Coordinator Kirsten at email@example.com. Please include the site location, volunteer date and total hours. We must be able to verify your hours to complete this letter so please make sure to sign in/out at your volunteer location. 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.
construction not your thing?
Join a Habitat Committee
We have seven committees to choose from, as well as the option to serve a term on the Central Valley Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors.
Each committee plays an important role in providing safe, decent and affordable housing to local families. See something you’re interested in? Contact us and let us know!
Family Support Committee
Family support committee works with our families to help guide them through the Habitat process. This includes making sure they get in sweat equity hours, learning what their needs are, and more.
Building and Site Committee
Building and Site committee is made up of realtors, construction volunteers, engineers, and more. They assist in where we’re at in the building process, finding lots, and problem-solving.
Family Selection Committee
Family selection is a tight group of previous Executive Directors, managers, and individuals with experience in credit reports that carefully examine applications to help find our future homeowners. Individuals that would like to join this committee will be vetted by Habitat staff.
This committee works on scheduling volunteers, volunteer appreciation, and how to make the Habitat volunteer experience a positive one to keep them returning to our site.
Banquet committee spends the year planning our annual fundraising banquet held each May. This involves months of planning for meals, live and silent auction, calling sponsors and donors, and organizing the event.
Church Relations Committee
Church relations committee is made up of members from local faith organizations, pastors, church representatives, and Habitat staff. This committee works on connecting with churches by creating faith-related events and initiatives, recruiting faith volunteers, and planning faith build projects.
Resource Development Committee
Resource Development committee works to find financial resources and opportunities for CVHFH. This may include fundraising events, contacts, and more.