Do I need to be a general contractor to volunteer?
No, construction experience required. We invite all volunteers of all skill levels to our construction sites or our Restore. However, because some activities can be physically demanding, we require every volunteer to complete a safety waiver.
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
Due to safety regulations, construction volunteers must be older than 16 to be present on the build site; and 18 or older to use power tools, to be on scaffolding or to stand on a ladder.
Sixteen- and 17-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult, guardian or school supervisor 21 or older and must have our youth waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
Where do I find directions to the build site or ReStore?
When you register for an opportunity to volunteer, you will be provided an address with a map to either the build site or the ReStore.
Where do I park my car?
If you can, we encourage you to carpool to our construction site, as parking is often limited. Please be sure to pay attention to parking signs at the build site and at the ReStore.
How long is the build day?
A typical build day is eight hours. We ask that you plan to volunteer for the entire day. If you are seeking a partial day volunteer opportunity, we encourage you to sign up to volunteer at our ReStore.
What time should I arrive?
Times vary depending on the location of the job site. Please be sure to arrive on time; when volunteers arrive late it is hard to ensure everyone receives safety training and to accomplish building tasks outlined for the day. When you sign up for a volunteer opportunity you will receive a reminder with the date and times.
What if it is raining or snowing?
We build in all weather, including rain or snow, but if we feel it would be unsafe for volunteers to be on the site or at the store, we will cancel your volunteer opportunity. We will make every effort to provide you advance notice and post any cancellations on our Facebook page by 6:30 a.m. on your build day.
What should I bring? What should I wear?
If you are volunteering on a construction site, please plan to bring:
Lunch (unless you are part of a sponsored team build or other group build for which lunch is provided)
Wear layered clothing appropriate for the weather
Wear closed-toed shoes (work boots are preferred)
We request you leave your power tools at home. Feel free to bring your own work gloves, hard hat, safety glasses and tool belt; but these are not required and are available at our build site. All of our volunteer sites are a drug- and alcohol-free environments.
We allow cell phones on the work site, but request they are used minimally. Think texting while holding a power tool
-- not a great combination. But, if you do have your phone and are posting to social media, we'd love it if you could tag us: FlatironsHabitatforHumanity on Facebook, and FlatironsH4H on Twitter and Instagram.
Why do I need to sign a volunteer waiver?
Everyone is required to accept the waiver at the time of online registration. (Click here to download a copy.) The safety waiver outlines assumption of risk and release liability before you volunteer. Flatirons Habitat for Humanity is required to record your participation for legal and insurance purposes.
I want to bring friends, is that OK?
All volunteers must pre-register, which helps us to ensure everyone has a meaningful experience. If you are looking to volunteer as a group, please complete the team build inquiry form.