Information for Construction Volunteers
With the exception of our weekday individual volunteers, who may simply arrive on site without pre-registering (assuming you’ve already completed and submitted the Volunteer Form), all volunteers must be registered to work on any of our build days, either directly with the RVHFH office with the Volunteer Manager, or through their group coordinators directly.
Before You Come
BE ON TIME: Our day begins at 8:15 AM and runs until 3:30 PM. Please be prepared to stay and work the entire time.
PARKING: Parking can be limited at various build sites; therefore, we recommend carpooling whenever possible.
REQUIRED SAFETY TRAINING: Before coming to work on-site, please take time to review our Habitat for Humanity Safety videos. Follow the online instructions and, when ready, click on the image that says “CLICK HERE TO TAKE VOLUNTEER COURSE”. Enter your Employee Access Code: W8NAEBTG and select “Submit”. Then, select the following recommended course: Volunteering On A Habitat for Humanity Job Site. Once complete, you are welcome to explore and/or take additional courses that may interest you.
What to Wear
Please wear work clothes; long pants are recommended. Dress in layers and wear heavy shoes/boots (absolutely no sandals, slide-ons, or mules). Be prepared, as you will get dirty! We also recommend bringing sturdy work gloves and protective goggles, if you have them. These are available on-site; however, some of our volunteers find that they prefer to bring their own because they fit better.
What to Bring
We highly recommend that volunteers bring their own lunch unless we’ve notified you that it will be provided. Water will be provided, but you are welcome to bring other beverages of your own. A refillable water bottle is always a good idea. Alcoholic beverages are NOT permitted on any RVHFH worksites. Here’s a checklist of recommended items to bring with you:
- Sturdy work shoes or work boots
- Refillable water bottle
- Work gloves
- Safety goggles (if you have them)
- Signed waiver – Adult
- Signed waiver - Youth
What You’ll be Doing
You will be involved in all the essential components of home construction including: foundations and masonry, framing, sheathing, roofing and siding, wallboard, painting, trim and inferior finishes, site work, trenching, grading, raking and seeding, clean up and storage of materials, trash, and recycling. Every job is as important as the next in completing our goal. You will receive clear instructions on how to complete each task so don’t worry if anything you’re assigned is new to you!
Volunteers may bring their own hand tools if you wish. Personal power tools cannot be used on site without the approval of the Site Supervisor. RVHFH has a supply of power tools that will be required on-site. Volunteer’s use of power tools is at the sole discretion of the Site Supervisor.
What if Something Comes Up?
WEATHER CANCELLATIONS: In case of inclement weather or other cancellations, please call 908-704-0016 any time after 7 AM on the morning of your workday to see if there has been a cancellation. Once the recorded greeting begins, press “4” and wait for the Volunteer Message to play.
WAIVER FORM: Please complete and sign the Adult Waiver Form and bring it with you to the jobsite. By Federal law, 16 – 17 year old teenagers must have their parent’s permission and signature on the separate Minor Waiver Form. Anyone under 16 years old is not allowed on a construction site.
REQUEST FOR CANCELLATION: If you are coming with a group, please notify your coordinator about the cancellation. Individuals: If it is necessary for you to cancel, please call the RVHFH Office at 908-704-0016 x12 as soon as you are aware. Our success is built on a volunteer work crew (10+ people) on-site each day. Contacting us early will help us to schedule another group or individuals as needed. We appreciate your commitment in helping families build a new home and brighter future, and we ask you to honor this commitment.
RVHFH OFFICE – (908) 704-0016
Thank you for supporting RVHFH. We are able to build simple, decent houses for low-income families because people like you are donating their time and skills to help someone else build a better life.