Habitat for Humanity homes are built almost entirely (90%!) by volunteers, both skilled and unskilled. Our skilled on-site construction team provides all tools, safety equipment, instruction and preparation for the site. No construction experience is required, just a willingness to learn and work hard! However, if you do have construction skills, be sure and let us know so we can make sure they are utilized.
Even if you have never picked up a hammer before, you will end the day having helped build an integral part of one of our homes. Construction tasks vary from week to week so please just come ready to work hard and have fun! Volunteer days on the construction sites are Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. We have a large need for weekday volunteers. Please consider volunteering with us on a weekday.
Requirements for Construction Volunteers
On-site construction work is the most popular of Habitat's volunteer opportunities. Habitat for Humanity offers many opportunities for you to help with all aspects of home building.?? Please note that all volunteers on the construction site must be at least 16 years of age or older.??If you are under the age of 18 you must be accompanied by an adult 21 years of age or older.
- We ask for a full-day commitment of all volunteers from 8:00 a.m. ? 4:00 p.m. When people show up late or leave early it makes it difficult for our supervisors to properly train volunteers or accomplish the construction goals for the day.
- No previous construction experience is required, just a willingness to learn and work hard.
- All volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.
- It is required that every group of five students be accompanied by one adult (over 21 years of age).
- Complete and sign a Release and Waiver of Liability Form.
- Read and sign the Work Crew Safety Form.
- Volunteers ages 16 and 17 must have a parent or guardian complete and sign the Minors Release and Waiver of Liability Form.
You do not need to be an expert in construction to help out on a work site. There are many tasks that require only a willingness to learn and work with others.??We make every effort to incorporate all willing volunteers regardless of skill level.??Both skilled and unskilled construction volunteers are welcome!
- Skilled construction volunteers provide leadership, professional expertise, and craftsmanship. We especially need people who are willing to lead teams of unskilled volunteers during the work day.
- Unskilled construction volunteers are needed that are flexible, hardworking, self-motivated and willing to help in all phases of construction and tasks with which they are comfortable.
Every morning on-site, our construction site supervisor will outline the tasks to be done that day, and, with the help of the skilled volunteers, teach everyone how to do those tasks.??We will be working on different tasks each day, depending on what stage the home(s) being built are in.??We ask that our construction volunteers commit to working a full day (8:30-3:30), and in return, we promise that you'll have a lot of fun, meet some great people, learn about construction, and feel good about the time spent helping others.
Thank you for your interest - we look forward to seeing you on-site!
There are opportunities for individuals and groups to volunteer on a construction site. Click on the category below that best describes you.
Construction Volunteers: Individuals
The Occasional Volunteer
Occasional volunteers are on site to help build houses. An Occasional Volunteer may be new to Habitat or a long-time volunteer who schedules their volunteer days at personal convenience. This is your traditional hard-hat wearing, hammer swinging, paint-brush yielding, shovel embracing volunteer who commits to an 8 hour day on our construction sites. No construction experience is necessary because we?ll teach you everything you need to know.
The Regulars consists of priority-status volunteers committed to building for Habitat one day or more per month, usually on a Saturday. As such, they occupy a position between Occasional Volunteers and Crew Leaders. Members commit to spend a minimum of one day per month working at a build site. They receive priority sign-up privileges, meaning they can schedule their volunteer dates more consistently than Occasional Volunteers. This is a great way to learn to build houses the Habitat way, and to share skills with other volunteers. Regulars usually start out as Occasional Volunteers and once they realize the rewards they gain from working on a home they commit to volunteering regularly.
A Crew Leader is a Lumpkin County HFH volunteer who regularly assists at the construction sites by supervising small groups of Occasional volunteers in construction tasks. They teach and work directly with sponsors, unskilled volunteers, and homeowners.
Crew Leaders commit to volunteering two days per month. For more information on becomming a Colunteer Crew Leader, contact the Lumpkin County Habitat.
Rusty Nails are a wonderful group of people who volunteer on weekdays, Tuesday through Friday. They are men and women of all ages who happily dedicate regular time to building, but are not interested in working on Saturdays when the site is full of new volunteers.
In addition, they often receive specialized construction tasks from the Site Supervisor. These are the volunteers who manage to keep our builds on schedule with their regular service. No previous construction experience is necessary because you will learn a lot on the job. Rusty Nails generally volunteer at the construction sites at least once per week, although most work with us much more often!
While we welcome volunteers of all skill levels we are also in need of professional volunteers. If you have any professional skills and are interested in volunteering your time please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add you to our list of Professional Volunteers.
Construction Volunteers: Corporate Groups
Lumpkin County Habitat for Humanity partners with a diverse range of corporate, community, faith and educational groups to build common ground by sharing our vision of a world without poverty housing. Such groups make major contributions to the construction of affordable, decent housing in our communities. On-site construction work is the most popular of the Lumpkin County HFH volunteer opportunities for groups and we make every effort to incorporate all willing volunteers. We build on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with Saturday construction workdays often booked months in advance.
Groups with up to 10-15 volunteers are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to sponsor organizations. We generally have more groups that want to volunteer than funds to build homes!
Please see below for more information on how corporate, faith, educational and community groups can become involved with volunteering on our construction sites and more, or simply submit the Group Registration Form.
Working on a Habitat for Humanity construction site can be a great team building experience! Research shows that it takes six times longer to function as an effective, productive team when you have not had time to meet in person and share a common experience.
Company Team Build
A Habitat Company Build Day is an excellent way to engage your employees/members in a meaningful group experience. Company Build Days can be used as a reward for hard-working employees; an annual community service project; a team building experience for new employees; or simply a fun way to get to know a different side of your co-workers.
For a suggested donation of $2,500, up to 15 participants can spend a Saturday building a house as a team. Weekday (Wednesday, Thursday or Friday) build days are also available for a donation amount of your choice. For more information please call Tel: (864) 864-7584 or send an email to:
For other ways to financially support the local building efforts of Habitat for Humanity of Lumpkin County, call (864) 864-7584
Faith, Community and Educational Groups
Habitat for Humanity of Lumpkin County has many ways for faith, community and educational groups to partner with us.
To schedule your group work day on a Habitat for Humanity construction site please complete the following form:
Submit a Group Registration Request Form and indicate your interest.
There are more ways to be involved with Lumpkin County HFH. For information about our Faith Builder Partnerships and other ways to be involved with the Lumpkin County HFH, please contact the Lumpkin County HFH at (864) 864-7584.
Students must be 16 years of age and one adult (over 21 years of age) must be present for each group of five students that work on our construction sites.
Use the Contact Us form to start a discussion about opportunities for educational groups.