Yes. All construction and home repair volunteers must be at least 16-years-old, no exceptions. Some tasks have an 18+ policy (roof work, some vinyl siding shifts, etc.). The age requirement is specified for each shift.
Task restrictions for 16 & 17-year-old volunteers:
Cannot work at heights 6 feet & above (no roof work)
Cannot use power tools
Cannot participate in demolition tasks or crawl space work
Parents of 16 and 17-year-olds must sign the additional minor release waiver.
No, not at all!
Previous experience never hurts, but it isn’t necessary. All construction & home repair sites have a site supervisor that will provide all of the on-the-job training needed for the day’s tasks.
Unless you hear otherwise from a Habitat of York County staff member via email (by 6:45 a.m. the day of your scheduled shift), plan to volunteer rain or shine. Site supervisors can often adjust tasks to accommodate for inclement weather.
We have half-day volunteer options available through our ReStore locations. Head over to the York County Restore site tosee how you can get involved. Occasionally, we may have half-day volunteer opportunities available on construction and home repairs sites. If so, they will be posted on our volunteer calendar.
All necessary tools and safety gear will be provided by Habitat of York County. If preferred, you may bring your own. Please label all personal tools with your name. Although not mandatory, volunteers are suggested to bring their own work gloves, if available.
Water is provided on-site. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a refillable water bottle to reduce waste and ensure proper hydration. Lunch is not provided by Habitat of York County during the volunteer shift. Volunteers can bring a bagged lunch or arrange to have food delivered to the site.
Court-ordered community service may not be completed on Habitat of York County construction sites. However, opportunities to fulfill community service hours are available at the Habitat of York County ReStores. Everything you need to know about community service at the ReStore can be found on the ReStore site.