Volunteering on the work site is a fun, hands-on opportunity for individuals and groups to build homes alongside future Habitat homeowners. Construction volunteers do carpentry, roofing, siding, interior trim, painting, landscaping and more. No experience is required! New volunteers receive coaching from more experienced volunteers and from Habitat staff.
Construction Days and Hours
Construction is happening on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Construction hours are normally from 8:15am to 3:30pm. Midweek volunteers are critically needed at both the ReStore and construction sites.
Saturdays are reserved for groups financially sponsoring their build day. Non-sponsoring groups that prefer Saturday will be placed on a waiting list.
What to Bring
It is recommended that you bring sturdy, closed-toed shoes, work gloves, a hat, sunscreen, water, lunch and a willingness to work and learn. Tools are provided but you may bring your own if you desire. Necessary paperwork will be provided and can be filled out at the build site, but you may also fill out this Adult Waiver Form and bring it with you. A waiver form needs to be on file with the construction supervisor at the time of your scheduled build day.
What will I be doing?
To get a better idea of what activities you might be performing on your volunteer day, please read this Construction Volunteer Job Description.
Minimum Age Requirements
The minimum age to volunteer on a construction site is 16. Both individuals and youth groups are encouraged to lend a helping hand. Volunteers aged 16 and 17 must have a Minor Permission Form signed by their parent or guardian allowing them to work at the build site. To comply with legal requirements and to provide proper supervision, there must be a minimum of one adult present for every two youth under the age of 18.
GET STARTED TODAY!
Visit our Volunteer Up website to create your login information and register for an upcoming volunteer orientation.
Group Build Days
San Diego Habitat for Humanity partners with a diverse range of corporate, community, faith, youth and educational groups to build common ground by sharing our vision of a world without poverty housing. Volunteer days are an excellent way to engage your group in a meaningful experience on the construction site.
Groups with up to 15 volunteers are scheduled Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday with Saturday workdays often booked months in advance. Group opportunities are available at eh construction sites on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to those that financially sponsor their build day.
Corporate Volunteer Days can be used as a reward for hard-working employees; an annual community service project; a team building experience; or simply a fun way to get to know your co-workers. Submit the Group Interest Form and we can schedule your group right away!
For other ways to financially support the local building efforts of San Diego Habitat for Humanity click here.
Faith & Community Groups
San Diego Habitat has many ways for faith and community groups to partner with us. Tell us about your group by submitting the Group Interest Form today.
Youth and School Groups
Youth volunteer groups are among our most enthusiastic and energetic. We invite youth 16 years of age and older to volunteer on the construction site We ask that youth groups have a one to five, adult to youth volunteer ratio. If you'd like to join us on a construction site, please have your adult contact submit a Group Interest Form today.
Ready to get started?
Complete the Group Interest Form and our Volunteer Services staff will be in touch with you to coordinate your group.