Volunteer With Us

Volunteer with us on a construction site, in the ReStore, on a committee or for an event! We accepts groups and individuals that want to make a difference. We have something for everyone, regardless of skill level. 

Discover new skills & serve the community

By joining us, you join a network of local volunteers that work in all aspects of our organization! Our committees, Board of Directors, Construction Site, and ReStore all rely on volunteers.

Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, give back to the community, meet new people, or find a new passion!

 

How to Sign Up to Volunteer

Step 1: Fill out the Volunteer Eligibility & Waiver Form Every Year

In order to volunteer with us, you will need to fill out either an adult form (over 18) or a minor form (16-18). This form gives us information about what you’re interested in with our organization and acts as your waiver of liability form for the year. A new form will need to be filled out each calendar year.

Step 2: Sign-Up for POINT app & Select Your Day

We organize our volunteers through POINT app, it allows volunteers to stay up-to-date with an organization and see all their upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Volunteers can create an account on either the computer or by downloading the app from the Google Play or Apple App Store or scanning the QR code with your phone camera and tapping the link that appears. To sign-up, you can use the app or visit this page again to see our latest opportunities.

Don’t want to download the app? That’s okay! You can use POINT online from a computer to sign-up for your volunteer shifts from right here on our volunteer page. You will be redirected to POINT’s website to create your account.

Downloading the app has many benefits, including:

  • When you download the app, it makes it really easy for you to see all of the details of our events. Plus, you get push notifications for cancellations, edits, and reminders
  • You can easily track all of your hours in one place and add hours that aren’t on the POINT app.
  • You can add calendar reminders to your phone calendar from the app reminding you about your volunteer shift!

 

ReStore Volunteer Opportunities

Construction Volunteer Opportunities

Office Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Resources

Construction Site and ReStore Safety Videos

All volunteers will be directed in safety, but please watch our safety videos before showing up for your volunteer shift on the construction site or at our ReStore.

How to Use the POINT App to Sign-Up

Our volunteers sign-up for volunteer shifts using POINT, an app available on Android and Apple, or online. Watch the video below or read the how-to articles to learn how to sign-up!

Volunteer FAQ’s

Are there any age restrictions for construction volunteers?

Volunteers must be 16 years old or older to work with our organization. Volunteers under the age of 18 must bring a waiver signed by a legal guardian with them to the construction site or ReStore for their scheduled volunteer shift, 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 have shifts available depending on the phase of construction. All shifts can be found on POINT. We may have multiple construction sites running, 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 or worked in the ReStore before?

We welcome volunteers of all skill levels and we provide all the training that you need! We assume no skills or prior construction or ReStore experience, and the Habitat staff will provide plenty of instruction and supervision throughout the day. 

What to Bring on Your Volunteer Day
  • Water bottle (we have a limited number of bottled water available)
  • Close-toed shoes
  • A face mask
  • Lunch and snacks (unless provided by your volunteer group)
  • Sunscreen – if working outdoors
  • 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?

, you 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, such as the ReStore, to make it easier to track your hours.

You will need to be screened by our Executive Director before signing up to volunteer. 

Complete the appropriate Eligibility and Waiver Form and indicate that you are signing up for community service. Call our office at (540) 828-6288 M-F 9 -1 or after 1 by appointment to expedite your screening. Once your form is reviewed by staff, if we haven’t received a call we will contact you. 

Do not sign-up for shifts until you have been approved, any shifts prior to screening will be removed.

Sign up for a volunteer shift after receiving approval.

Please arrive at least 5 minutes early for your scheduled shift. Find the supervising Habitat staff member and inform them you are there to complete community service hours. Be sure that you are checked in on POINT with the staff member. We recommend you keep your own copy of your hours as well, you can see hours volunteered in your POINT account. You will receive a letter

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 the safety videos linked above and in your volunteer shift information.

What kind of work will we do?

All types of building tasks and operational tasks are performed on a Habitat construction site and in the ReStore. More details can be found on specific volunteer shifts. 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. Unless you receive a cancellation email or phone call, please report to the assigned location. You can also call our office or check your POINT account for cancellations.

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, you can still volunteer in our ReStore! Our store is handicap accessible and disability-friendly. 

What if I need verification for my service hours?

You will receive a letter by email mid-month that is a verified PDF stating your total hours completed with us from our Community Outreach Coordinator. 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.

Our Committees

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.

Volunteer Committee

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

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.