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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign-up?
The first step in volunteering is to register with our volunteer system. Once registered, you can then sign-up online for our volunteer opportunities. Online registration for volunteer opportunities closes 2 days prior to the event to enable us to prepare for the event. *Groups interested in volunteering should complete the interest form here. Our Volunteer Coordinator will get in touch with you.

Can I just show up?
In order to help us create an enjoyable volunteer experience, we request that every volunteer register online in advance. This will help our site leaders to be better prepared with tools, materials, and projects for everyone. Online registration for volunteer opportunities closes 2 days prior to the event to enable us to prepare for the event.

How old do I have to be to volunteer?
Ages 18+: May volunteer independently.

Ages 16 & 17: May volunteer independently at ReStore. May volunteer along with a parent/guardian/adult (over age 21), in a limited capacity, at a Construction Site. Volunteers ages 16 & 17 are not permitted to participate in roofing, demolition, the use of power tools, or use ladders over 6ft.
Ages 14 & 15: May volunteer at ReStore along with a parent/guardian/adult (over age 21).
13 & Under: While unable to volunteer at ReStore or on a Construction site for safety reasons, there are projects they may volunteer on from home to help promote awareness, raise money, and support our Habitat partner families and volunteers. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator for details at getinvolvedvolunteer@habitatcincinnati.org or #513-482-5614.
For groups with minors (Ages 14-17): At least 1 adult (over age 21) is required to accompany every 5 minors.

What is my commitment?
The commitment is up to you! You may volunteer one time or as many as you wish. You may come as a part of a group, and then decide that you would like to continue volunteering as an individual. We are delighted to work with you to fit your needs and schedule.

What skills are required?
No specific skills are needed, just a willingness to learn and a positive attitude. Habitat provides an experienced site leader on each work site who will provide on-the-job training. Safety is important to us and, therefore, we provide free on-line safety training courses for those interested. Click here for more information.

What do I need to bring?
No tools are necessary, but if you have them you are encouraged to bring basics, such as a hammer, nail apron, tape measure, utility knife and a pencil. Please clearly label all of your tools with your name or initials. When required, we will provide hard hats and safety goggles. Water will be available, but you may wish to bring your own supply. It’s always a good idea to wear a hat and sunscreen when working outdoors. All minors (under age 18) will need to bring their completed Liability Waiver signed by a parent/guardian.

Where do I get the forms to be completed?
We now utilize a fast and efficient online system called Volunteer Hub to register for events as well as complete Volunteer Information and Liability Waiver formsOnce you create an account, sign in, and register for your event, you will be prompted to complete the Liability Waiver online. Minors (under age 18) will be prompted electronically to print out the Youth Waiver, have it signed by a parent/guardian, and bring it with them to the event.   If you have any questions about our system, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator for details at getinvolvedvolunteer@habitatcincinnati.org or #513-482-5614.

What do I wear?
Footwear needs to be sturdy and closed-toe and closed-heel. Boots or sneakers are both considered appropriate footwear. Wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Please prepare for the weather by checking the forecast before you arrive at the work site. If it is sunny, please bring a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. If it is raining, please bring a jacket, raincoat, and/or rain boots. If it is cold, please dress in layers along with a hat, gloves and warm socks.

What will happen when I arrive at the site?
At the beginning of each workday, a Habitat site supervisor will begin the morning with a prayer, introductions, a safety talk and instructions. The group will then break into crews to work on the various building tasks.

How do I cancel my volunteer date?
Log-in to the same volunteer system you registered with to cancel your volunteer date. You may also utilize the link provided in your confirmation email. *Groups that wish to cancel their volunteer day should contact the Volunteer Coordinator directly at #513-482-5614.

Do you provide lunch/snacks?
Please bring your own packed lunch/snacks. Water is available on the site. You are encouraged to bring your own refillable water bottle, labelled with your name on it.

What type of bathroom facilities are on site?
We have Port-o-lets on each build site.

What if someone is not comfortable building?
There is something for everyone on site. Please inform your crew leader if you are not comfortable with the task that you have been assigned.

What kind of tasks will volunteers be doing?
Tasks vary depending on the construction schedule.

Do you accept Court-Ordered Community Service Workers? 
We are unable to accept Court-Ordered Community Service volunteers with violent, sexual, or theft charges. Other Court-Ordered Community Service volunteers may register for shifts in advance through our online Volunteer Hub process and should bring their court paperwork and a picture ID to their first shift. 

 

For more information, or to sign up for any of these volunteer opportunities, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (513)482-5614or email at getinvolvedvolunteer@habitatcincinnati.org.