Volunteer FAQ

Is there a volunteer training? 

Before coming to the build site, you should watch our Safety Basics video. Click HERE to access the safety video. You will also receive training for the job at hand when you arrive to the build site prior to starting your volunteering.

What are your current regulations regarding COVID-19?

In regards to COVID-19 regulations, volunteers are asked to follow local regulations and mandates. Habitat for Humanity of Kenosha recomends referring to the CDC website for more information regarding COVID-19: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

Are there remote ways I can volunteer with Habitat Kenosha?

Yes! There are many opportunities for you to remotely volunteer with Habitat Kenosha. To learn more about theses volunteer options you can visit our REMOTE Volunteer Opportunities HERE

Is there a minimum age for working on the construction site?

No one under the age of 16 is allowed on a Habitat construction site. This is a Habitat International regulation and our affiliate location follows the HFHI policy.

 

Minors aged 16 and 17 may volunteer under the following conditions:

  • Must be accompanied by a parent or under the care of an institution, school, or university.

  • Ratio must be no more than five minors to one adult.

  • The host site has identified age-appropriate activities for the minor volunteers. See restrictions below.

Minors (16 &17) may work on active construction sites but cannot:

  • Work on the roof.

  • Operate power tools.

  • Participate in blitz builds.

  • Work above six feet.

  • Be a part of demolition, excavation or disaster response work.

  • Do heavy lifting.

Do I have to bring my own lunch? 

Habitat for Humanity of Kenosha does not commit to providing meals. During certain special events, we may provide meals, but it is not something that we can guarantee. Volunteers should bring lunch or money for take-out and plenty of water to drink throughout the day. 

What should I wear? 

Construction volunteers should wear clothes that can get dirty and are appropriate for the weather. Heavy-soled shoes (athletic shoes are fine) are also important. No open-toed or open-backed shoes (e.g. clogs, croCs, Birkenstocks, etc.) are permitted. Some volunteers like to bring their own work gloves and tools to the site but that is not mandatory. If you do choose to bring tools please make sure they are clearly labeled.

Will I need to bring any tools?

There is no need for you to bring your tools. We will provide the tools and equipment that are needed on the build-site.

Is construction experience needed in order to volunteer?

No construction experience, no problem! There is a site-leader at the worksite to teach and give training. If you do have construction experience, that's great.

I'm having trouble signing up to volunteer on the website. What can I do?

Make sure you are using an up-to-date version of your browser, such as Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.

Make sure you are not using a shared email address that may have already been registered by someone else, such as a spouse.

If all else fails, please take a screenshot and send it (along with a description of your problem) to volunteer@habitatkenosha.org

I've registered to volunteer on a construction site. Where can I access the necessary waiver?

Habitat for Humanity has electronic waivers in Volunteer Hub. You must sign the waivers prior to Volunteer Hub allowing you to sign up for a volunteer slot at the build site.

What if I need to cancel?

Cancellations do happen, but it is important that they be minimized. Keep in mind that once you make a reservation, our Site Leader plans accordingly. If you need to cancel, please do so as soon as possible through your Volunteer Hub account. This will enable another volunteer to fill the vacancy. You can also email volunteer@habitatkenosha.org and she will remove your sign up from the system.