frequently asked questions everything a volunteer needs to know
frequently asked questions
is there a minimum age to volunteer?
Yes. Volunteers must be 16 years or older to volunteer on construction sites, with our neighborhood revitalization program, or in our ReStore. Volunteers aged 16-17 will be required to have a waiver form signed by a parent before they will be able to volunteer. That form can be found here.
Do I need construction or relevant professional experience to volunteer?
No! We'll always have trained employees on our construction and volunteer sites that will have a skillset relevant to the task at hand. They'll provide guidance and training for you once you're on the volunteer site.
Are construction shifts rain or shine?
Yes. On the off chance there is a construction site cancelation, your group leader will be contacted by someone from Habitat. If no one from Habitat contacts you, the project will continue as planned.
What do I need to bring with me to the construction sites?
Volunteers should wear close-toed shoes and weather appropriate clothes to the construction site. Lunch is not provided by Habitat, so Volunteers should either bring their own lunch, or money to buy lunch from a nearby business. Volunteers aged 16-17 should also bring a minor waiver form that has been signed by a legal guardian. Our construction sites are equipped with water for volunteers, as well as all the construction tools and materials that will be needed.
can I bring my own tools with me to the construction site?
Of course! While we'll have tools on site, you're more than welcome to bring your own. However, Habitat is not responsible for lost or misplaced items.
Can I complete my court ordered community service with Habitat?
Yes! Our ReStore has volunteer opportunities for those needing to fulfill court ordered service. However, certain charges are an automatic disqualification for any interested in volunteering with the ReStore. These charges include, but are not limited to: assault/battery, arson, larceny, theft, criminal domestic violence, hate crimes, weapons-related charges, and any violent offenses. Those with court-ordered hours should contact our ReStore Volunteer Coordinator (803.217.3212) to see if you qualify to fulfill your court ordered service with Habitat for Humantiy.
Our Volunteer Calendars are updated regularly, and are planned up to two months out. Please check back to see if new opportunities have been added. ***opportunities on these calendars are mainly for individual volunteers if you are interested in group opportunities go HERE