Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering
Please read the following frequently asked questions. If you have other questions or concerns, please contact any of the Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Chicagoland listed on this page.
I am interested in volunteering. How do I get started?
If you are interested in volunteering, Volunteer Orientation is a
good place to start! You will learn more about Habitat and find out all
the ways you can get involved in construction and non-construction
roles. Contact one of the local affiliates to get an orientation on
how you can volunteer.
Do I have to commit to a full day?
Construction and home restoration volunteers must commit to a full
day. ReStore volunteers can volunteer for a shift that is 3-4 hours, or a
full day, depending on the ReStore schedule. Time commitments for
non-construction positions vary; you can learn more by contacting your
What if I want to volunteer with a group?
Habitat welcomes groups! If you have a group of five or more, contact your
nearest affiliate to learn more about group volunteering. Groups of
four or fewer people may self-schedule to volunteer together.
I volunteered with a group and want to return on my own. How does that work?
Habitat welcomes those looking to get involved as individuals! If you are
looking to sign up for a one-day construction opportunity, contact your
nearest affiliate in the Chicagoland area.
Which dates do you have available?
The schedule is determined on an ongoing basis, so please be flexible
with your requested dates. Please confirm that you will be able to
sponsor your workdays before making a request.
I don’t have any construction skills. Can I still volunteer?
Absolutely! All skill levels are welcome. Affiliate staff is there to help volunteers and will give you all the onsite training you need.
Should I bring tools or other supplies with me?
If you do not own tools, you can still volunteer All necessary tools
and safety equipment will be available on-site; however, it can be
helpful to bring your own. Suggested tools include: a tool belt with
hammer, tape measure, screwdriver, utility knife, pencil and pliers. Be
sure to label tools with your name, so they don’t get mixed up with the
tools provided by Habitat.
Should I bring anything else?
It's recommended that volunteers bring a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.
How old do you have to be to volunteer?
That depends on the opportunity you wish to pursue. Construction and
home restoration volunteers must be at least 16 years of age; 16- and
17-year-olds must be accompanied by someone who is 21 years or older. To
volunteer at the ReStore or on a landscaping project, volunteers must
be at least 14 years of age and accompanied by someone who is 21 years
or older. Age requirements for other non-construction positions vary.
I am retired and still want to volunteer. Are there ways for me to get involved?
Habitat loves retired volunteers! Able-bodied adults interested in volunteering may want to join a regular construction crew or consider one of the many other volunteer opportunities available.