Volunteer on the Construction Site

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Contact Mechelle Thompson at (919) 542-0794 x228 if you have questions or concerns

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Thank you for your willingness to partner with Chatham Habitat!

Our construction sites are open on  Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday and by appointment on other days for groups of 10 or more.

Requirements

We ask that you review our safety guidelines, print out and fill out a volunteer waiver(pdf), and sign up for a time slot using Volunteer Hub. You may also contact the construction staff directly by e-mail or phone. Review the on-line construction schedule and maps to determine where you will be working.

You must be at least 16 years old to volunteer on the construction site. Minors who are 16 or 17 years old are welcome but they are not allowed to use power tools or work on rooftops. They must also printout and and fill out a waiver for minors (pdf).

Construction Tasks

Tasks vary and may include painting, drywall, framing, carpentry, roofing, electrical, plumbing, site clean-up, and landscaping. No experience is necessary – we’ll train you and assign you to a task you feel comfortable with.

You’ll most likely work alongside our construction staff members and other volunteers, including members of our Habitat partner families.

What You Need

Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.  We also recommend sunscreen if you will be working outside. We provide tools but feel free to bring your own if you wish. We advise that you place your name and phone number on them.

The Construction Day

The construction day begins promptly at 9:00 am and ends at 3:30 pm, though this is subject to change during the summer. Please arrive by 8:45 am for the initial briefing, when a staff member discusses the day’s projects, provides training, and assigns tasks. We prefer that you volunteer for the entire day but we are willing to work with your schedule.

A lunch break is usually held at noon. We provide water throughout the day but you will need to bring your own food and utensils. If you are part of a group, check with your coordinator to find out if lunch will be provided.

In Case of Rain

Much of our construction can occur even if there is a light drizzle, especially if the day’s tasks are indoors. However, heavy rain, extremely wet conditions, or lightning are not safe for our volunteers. The construction staff determines if a workday is canceled. If you are not sure, call Harvey Harman at (919) 650-8091 or Jeremy Coerper at (919) 434-4030.

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“We love to donate time and money to Chatham Habitat. Our Partner families are people who want to help themselves. We want to help them, as we know it will transform their lives and the lives of their children. All you have to do is come to a homeowner dedication and it will change you too!” -Andy & Candida Cruickshank, longtime donors and volunteers