What do I need to complete to volunteer on the construction site?
All volunteers must bring a signed waiver to the construction site their first shift and complete the online safety course before coming out to the site. These materials need to be renewed every year.
To sign up for a date to volunteer click here. A confirmation email with more details will be sent after you are confirmed for a shift. If a time and date is not showing on the calendar, it is already booked.
Contact the Volunteer Manager Isaac Ring at 719.475.7800 ext. 102 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
No. We receive completion certificates from the website where you completed your quiz, so we are aware of who has completed the quiz and who has not. There is no need to print out confirmation.
No. You do not need significant construction or volunteering experience before signing up. Many of our volunteers have never picked up a hammer before coming out to the Habitat for Humanity site. All you need is a passion to make a difference and a willingness to get your hands dirty on the construction sites.
We frequently work with volunteers with limited construction experience.
Site supervisors will provide day-of training and supervision.
You must be 16 years or older to volunteer on the construction site. Minors 16 and 17 years old will need to complete our youth wavier with parents in order to be allowed on the site on their own.
Anyone 15 and under is welcome to explore other options with our Habitat ReStore. Parents should be prepared to volunteer with their children for those opportunities.
The size of your group depends on the number of slots that are available on the calendar. Each shift is limited to 10 volunteers.
At the latest, all volunteers will be updated two days before they are scheduled to volunteer. Check spam and junk folders in the case you do not receive the email.
Each year a new waiver has to be filled out by volunteers. A waiver is valid until the end of December, then a new one needs to be completed in January of the next year. If you have completed one safety course, you are welcome to select another from the list of safety courses on the training website. The suggestion is one safety course per year.
What months do you build?
The need for affordable housing never sleeps, which means we build all year long! Construction sign-ups are open three months from today. Each week new days open up for potential booking. To schedule more than three months in advance, see our Adopt-A-Day opportunities.
How do I sign up a group of people?
To sign up for a date to volunteer click here. Groups can sign up two ways 1) a main point of contact signs up for the number of volunteers in the group or 2) each group member signs themselves up on the calendar.
If a main contact signs up everyone, they are responsible for communicating all the information and location details to the other group members. This means there will be no direct line of communication between Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity and your group members.
If each group member signs themselves up, each team member will get notices of reminders, location details, and potentially cancellation notices. However, if the group member waits to long to sign up, then they could lose the slot to someone outside the group that wants to volunteer.
For more information, see here: Directions for Booking a Group of Volunteers
You should receive a confirmation in your email inbox almost immediately after signing up for the shift. Check your junk mail folder if you do not receive it. If your email was inputted incorrectly upon sign up, this could also affect the receipt of a confirmation email.
On the Construction Site
How do I get to the construction site?
See the contact tab for detailed directions to each site. New construction sites, developments, and streets take a while to register on city maps, and consequently Google or iPhone maps.
We can update you on the project about two weeks before your scheduled build day, but most common projects are fencing, foundation, framing, landscaping, painting, roofing, and installing vinyl siding.
I do not have a car. Can I still volunteer?
Of course! Our administrative office and the Habitat ReStore are centrally located in Colorado Springs. Construction volunteer locations change each year. You can see our current volunteer locations here. Maybe there is one close by!
The city also provides limited public transportation opportunities. See here for details.
For our larger developments like Country Living, there is plenty of parking. Take a look at the picture of the build site you are assigned for more details on where to park. You can see our current volunteer locations here. For repairs and in-fill builds, we encourage you and/or team members to carpool. Many times we will be building in neighborhoods. This means that we need to be respectful of neighbors needs for parking. Avoid parking in fire lanes, in front of driveways, and right in front of the job site. Many times we need the space for deliveries or contractors when they work on a site.
Please plan to arrive ten or fifteen minutes ahead of shift time to sign in and receive a Habitat briefing. Safety briefings are mandatory, so we ask that you arrive on-time. If you are late to the construction site, you may be asked to leave. This policy is to respect the time of staff and volunteers who have arrived at shift start.
Will there be a bathroom on site?
Yes. Depending on the size of the site there is always one bathroom available, two for the larger sites. Most often these are portable toilets.
The ReStore has bathrooms inside the ReStore.
Yes. A water jug will be kept in the shade nearby (a porch, most likely) to stay hydrated, especially for sunny days.
Dress for the weather! Check the weather for the Construction siteHere. Be prepared to get dirty and have fun! Close-toed shoes only on the construction site. Work or hiking boots are preferred, but athletic close-toed shoes will work. Be prepared to work on projects that will be inside or outside. We recommend dressing in layers to prepare for the cold winds or calm, warm days. We also recommend light weight pants and long-sleeved shirts to protect the skin from irritating weeds, insulation, or chemicals. No open-toed shoes including sandals, flip flops, dressy shoes. The more tread the better to prevent slips and falls.
Please bring a waiver, interest sheet (optional), water, snacks, sunglasses, sunscreen, and hat. For cold days, we recommend bringing hot chocolate or coffee in a thermos to stay warm.
Yes! The lunch break is from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. Please feel free to bring a lunch and stay on the site for the break. Otherwise, you are welcome to leave the site, grab a lunch, and return in time for the afternoon shift at 1:00 pm.
No. Habitat will supply all the tools needed for your build day. Please return borrowed tools for the next crew of volunteers. If you are interested in bringing your own tools, feel free to bring them, but remember we will most likely not need them and/or they would need to be inspected to ensure they meets safety standards. You also run the risk of your tools getting broken or lost. The basics include: safety glasses, pencil, utility knife, hammer, tape measure, work gloves, hard hats, and a tool belt. Don’t forget to put your name on them!