Construction volunteers work side - by - side with our talented construction crew, homebuyers, donors, and volunteers to build homes and community in Lincoln County, North Carolina. No experience is required.
Please note: Court-ordered community service must be completed at one of our two restores
Frequently Asked Questions
What's the workday schedule?
7:45 a.m. - Volunteer check-in and registration opens. Please arrive promptly so we can begin on time!
8 - 8:15 a.m. - Volunteer orientation and safety overview, tasks assigned, workday begins. For safety purposes, all volunteers must be present for the safety overview.
10 a.m. - Group Break. Enjoy a snack with new friends! (refreshments provided)
* We work until 12:00 p.m. during the week and finish up at 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays*
Please plan to carpool, if possible. Being courteous to our new neighbors is vital to ensure our new homeowners are welcomed to the community.
What should I do when I arrive?
Please locate the Volunteer sign-in station. Checking in is your first priority when you arrive on the site.
What if there is inclement weather?
If the weather forecast for your scheduled work day is questionable, we will notify you by phone and email of any delays or cancellations before 7 a.m.
What should I bring?
Habitat Lincoln provided all necessary tools and materials for your workday. If you choose to bring your own gear (such as work gloves, a hammer, tape measure, tool belt or nail apron, etc.) please label any tools you bring with your name.
We will have big water coolers and cups on site, so please bring your own water bottle. You may want to bring sunscreen or bug spray. We have these items on site, but if you have sensitive skin it is advisable that you bring your own products. Bring any special snacks or beverages that you might like throughout the day.
When is lunch?
We work until 12 p.m. during the week and 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Most of our volunteers get lunch after their work day during the week. If you require a lunch during your work day please bring your own (or plan for your group to provide it) and a cooler, if needed. We will break for lunch around 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays and will need everyone to be ready to start working again at noon. If you plan on having someone deliver lunch to you on site, please ask for delivery by 11:15 a.m. Our volunteer coordinator will be happy to provide a lunch for your group but please let her know ahead of time so that she has that ready for you.
What is the bathroom situation?
We have porta- potties on every site.
What is the minimum age for volunteers?
Construction volunteers must be at least 16 years old and volunteers under 18 will not be allowed to use ladders or power tools. Volunteers who are 16 or 17 must have the minor liability waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Youth volunteers may assist with painting and landscaping only when the construction site is not active.
How many volunteers can work on a house at a time?
In general, the ideal number of volunteers working together on one site is 6-10. Homeowners and construction staff will also be onsite, increasing the total number of people on site. Our experience has shown that the volunteer experience is diminished when there are too many people on site. If you have a larger group, please contact our volunteer coordinator to make arrangements.
What should I wear?
Wear good work shoes - boots are the best, sturdy sneakers are fine. No sandals, open-toed shoes or light canvas shoes such as Keds. Bringing a hat is always a good idea. Wear clothes that can get dirty. Avoid loose fitting or baggy clothes.
How should I prepare?
Do I need to have construction experience to volunteer?
No, we will train you to safely complete all the tasks for the day. If you feel unsafe or uncomfortable with any task or tool, be sure to ask for help or to be reassigned to a different task.