Construction Volunteering

Construction volunteers work together with our talented construction crew, future homeowners, donors and corporate teams to build homes and community in Lincoln County, North Carolina. No experience is required.

Individuals or groups of 10 or more, please contact our office at 704-748-1800.

Please note: Court ordered community service must be completed at one of our two ReStores.

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the workday schedule?

7:45am - check-in and registration opens - please arrive on time!

8:00am - volunteer orientation and safety overview, tasks assigned, workday begins (for safety purposes, all volunteers must be present for the safety overview)

10:00am - group break - enjoy a snack with new friends!

12:30am - lunch break (lunch is not provided unless otherwise indicated...if you would like lunch provided for your group please contact our office)

Note: work is from 8:00am - 1:00pm during the week and on Saturdays

If possible, please plan to carpool. Being courteous to our new neighbors is vital to ensure our homeowners are welcomed to the community.

What should I do when I arrive?

Please locate the volunteer registration 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 workday is questionable, we will notify you by phone and email of any delays or cancellations before 7am.

What should I bring?

HFHLC provides 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 those tools with your name.

We have bottled water available for all volunteers, however, you are encouraged to bring a personal water bottle and any special dietary snacks. Even though we have sunscreen and bug spray at the site, you may consider bringing your own products if you have sensitive skin.

When is lunch?

We work until 1pm during the week and on Saturdays. Most of our volunteers get lunch after their work day during the week. If you require a lunch during the workday please plan to bring your lunch (or plan for your group to provide it). We break for lunch around 12:30pm. If you plan to have lunch delivered, please schedule delivery for 12:15pm. Our volunteer coordinator will be happy to coordinate lunch for your group if the request is made well in advance of the build day.

What is the bathroom situation?

We have a porta potty on each construction 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 on-site, increasing the total number of people. If you have a large group, please contact our office 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?

Please arrive on time. Familiarize yourself with your route from home to the worksite and contact our office if you have any questions regarding directions.

Do I need to have construction experience to volunteer?

No construction experience is required! We will train you to safely complete all 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.