Volunteer: Frequently Asked Questions
I do not have any construction skills.
We welcome volunteers of all skill levels to help build houses. We have trained, knowledgeable people on site whenever work is going on that can train you in all aspects of construction. Perhaps you can even share your new knowledge with other volunteers in the future!
Is there a minimum age for volunteering?
16 is the minimum age requirement for working on site and at our ReStore. Volunteers aged 14-16 may volunteer, however, not around power tools. All volunteers must fill out a waiver before service. Special arrangements may be made – please contact Volunteer Coordinator Aliza Mendelowitz for more information.
What’s the ReStore?
The Habitat ReStore is a donation-based retail store. Proceeds from sales are used to support Habitat building projects in the Berkshires. Volunteers age 16 and older assist with customer service, store organization, basic furniture repair, and many other tasks. Retail or merchandising experience is welcome but not necessary.
When is the worksite open for volunteers?
Our worksite is open to volunteers Friday and Saturday. The typical workday runs from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Friday’s and 8:00AM to 3:00 PM, with an hour off for lunch on Saturday’s. Volunteers can work all day, morning (8:00 AM - Noon), or afternoon (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM).
What do I need to bring with me?
Construction volunteers should wear clothes that can get dirty and are appropriate for the weather. You should bring water, however, we will also have plenty available on site. You may also bring your own tool belt, hammer, tape measure, safety glasses and hard hat. Any items you bring to the worksite should be well labeled with your name so you do not lose them.
I do not want to volunteer on the worksite.
Volunteers are also needed to help out in the ReStore, office, or one of our committees. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Aliza Mendelowitz for more information and volunteer opportunities.
How do I register my group to work?
Send an e-mail to our Volunteer Coordinator requesting to schedule your group. Once you have registered your group, each volunteer must review the online safety manual and have a signed waiver of liability.
What will I be doing?
Volunteers perform a huge range of tasks, depending on the stage of construction. On the day you volunteer you could be assisting with interior demolition, framing, porch building, installing windows, insulating, tiling, sheet-rocking, painting, siding, landscaping, site clean-up or anything else that helps get the house built and ready for occupancy. If you would like to follow the updated stages of our construction, please subscribe to our weekly Construction Newsletter: