FAQs and Volunteer Tips
Frequently Asked Questions
I want to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. How do I get involved?
It’s easy! We offer several ways to sign up to volunteer. Register any hour of the day at habitatomaha.org/volunteernow. There you can create an account and register for a date that fits in your schedule. If you are looking to bring a group of volunteers, please contact us at (402) 884-5782 or email@example.com.
Is there an orientation I can attend?
Yes! The day of your volunteer date a staff member will be there to greet you and fill you in on Habitat Omaha and our mission. This is a great opportunity to learn more about how you can help, important information about volunteering, and the work of Habitat for Humanity of Omaha.
What kind of work will I do at the construction site?
Though we’ll try to let you know what you’ll be doing before your work day arrives, weather and other factors make predicting construction work a challenge. Some examples of what you might do include the following:
- Installing insulation and drywall
- Light cleaning
- Loading and unloading materials
Whatever job you’re assigned, make sure you’re comfortable with it. If you are unable to complete a task, or feel uneasy (not everyone wants to be on a ladder), tell your crew leader–we’re happy to find a job that better suits you!
Do I need construction experience to help build?
No! It’s great if you have construction skills but certainly not necessary. Your crew leader for the day will ensure that you receive training for the task at hand. Before you know it, you’ll have picked up handy new skills you can use next time you volunteer. For those who do have expertise in some aspect of construction and would like to put your skills to optimal use, please contact Jenny at firstname.lastname@example.org. Though we can’t guarantee that we’ll have work in that area on the day you’d like to volunteer, we’ll certainly do everything we can to put your skills to good use.
What should I wear?
If you’re volunteering on a construction site or at one of our Habitat for Humanity ReStore locations, wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, torn, or even ruined. Closed-toe shoes are a must, so put on your sneakers or work boots. Dress weather-appropriate and avoid baggy clothing. If the weather is cold, be sure to dress in layers and bring a hat and gloves. Too much clothing is better than not enough. If you’re volunteering at our office, staff members wear business casual. We just ask that you refrain from wearing overly revealing or offensive clothing.
What should I bring?
Lunch, a snack, and a bottle of water to get you through the day. Tools. You are welcome to bring your personal tools. Please make sure to label them! We suggest bringing:
- Hammer (at least 16 oz.)
- Tape measure
- Nail apron or tool belt
- Safety glasses
- Hard hat
If you don’t have the above items, don’t worry. The tools you need will also be available at the construction site. Other items like sun block, a hat and sunglasses all will come in handy.
What will I do at Habitat ReStore?
Habitat ReStore volunteers can help with the following:
- Light cleaning
- Loading and unloading trucks with donated items
- Customer service
- Answering phones
To volunteer at Habitat ReStore, visit habitatomaha.org/volunteernow and schedule yourself for a shift, or call (402) 934-1033.
What will I do at the office?
Office volunteers will most likely be asked to help our departments with filing and light house cleaning. If a special event would arise, we would ask these volunteers to help with registration and hospitality.
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
Construction and Habitat ReStore volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. Rock the Block volunteers must be 14 years of age or older. If you are younger than 14, don’t give up. Contact us, because other opportunities do come up for all ages. For more information about volunteering with Habitat Omaha contact the Volunteer Department at email@example.com.