FAQs for Volunteers
- What if there is inclement weather?
- How do I sign up?
- Why can't I just show up?
- How old do I have to be to volunteer?
- What is my commitment?
- What skills are required?
- What do I need to bring?
- Where do I get the forms to be completed?
- What do I wear?
- What will happen when I arrive at the site?
- How do I cancel my volunteer date?
- Do you provide lunch/snacks?
- What type of bathroom facilities are on site?
- What if someone is not comfortable building?
- What kind of tasks will volunteers be doing?
- Do you accept Court-Ordered Community Service Workers?
- How can I donate to help build more houses?
What if there is inclement weather?
Should we see inclement weather on the day of the build, please check your email for cancellation notices. You will be notified 2 hours prior to the start time.
How do I sign up?
The first step in volunteering is to register on our website (https://habitatcincinnati.galaxydigital.com). This is crucial to our ability to plan for your work day and keep you safe on the site. Once registered, you can then sign up online for our volunteer opportunities. Online registration for volunteer opportunities closes 2 days prior to the event to enable us to prepare for the event.
**Groups interested in volunteering should contact our Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out our Group Interest Form (https://www.habitatcincinnati.org/how-to-help/group-form.html)**
Why can't I just show up?
In order to help us create a safe and enjoyable volunteer experience, every volunteer must register online in advance. This will help our site leaders to be better prepared with tools, materials, and projects for everyone. Online registration is required and closes 2 days prior to the event to enable us to prepare for the event.
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
Ages 18+: May volunteer independently.
Ages 16 & 17: May volunteer independently at ReStore. May volunteer along with a parent/guardian/adult (over age 21), in a limited capacity, at a construction site. Volunteers ages 16 & 17 are not permitted to participate in roofing, demolition, the use of power tools, or use ladders over 6 ft.
Ages 14 & 15: May volunteer at ReStore along with a parent/guardian/adult (over age 21).
13 & under: While unable to volunteer at ReStore or on a construction site for safety reasons, there are projects they may volunteer on from home to help promote awareness, raise money, and support our Habitat homebuyers and volunteers. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator for details at email@example.com or #513-482-5614.
**For groups with minors (ages 14-17): At least 1 adult (over age 21) is required to accompany every 5 minors.**
What is my commitment?
The commitment is up to you! You may volunteer one time or as often as you wish. You may come as a part of a group, and then decide that you would like to continue volunteering as an individual. We are delighted to work with you to fit your needs and schedule.
What skills are required?
No specific skills are needed, just a willingness to learn and a positive attitude. Habitat provides an experienced site leader on each work site who will provide on-the-job training. Safety is important to us and, therefore, we provide free on-line safety training courses when you register online (https://habitatcincinnati.galaxydigital.com/).
What do I need to bring?
Closed toe shoes are required. No tools are necessary, but if you have them you are encouraged to bring basics, such as a hammer, nail apron, tape measure, utility knife, and a pencil. Please clearly label all of your tools with your name or initials. Hard hats and safety goggles will be provided. Water will be available, but you may wish to bring your own supply. It’s always a good idea to wear a hat and sunscreen when working outdoors. All minors (under age 18) will need to bring their completed Liability Waiver signed by a parent/guardian.
Where do I get the forms to be completed?
We utilize a fast and efficient online system called Galaxy Digital (https://habitatcincinnati.galaxydigital.com/) to register for events as well as complete Volunteer Information and Liability Waiver forms. Once you create an account, sign in, and register for your event, you will be prompted to complete the Liability Waiver online. Minors (under age 18) will be prompted electronically to print out the Youth Waiver, have it signed by a parent/guardian, and bring it with them to the event. If you have any questions about our system, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator for details at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-482-5614.
What do I wear?
Footwear needs to be sturdy and closed-toe and closed-heel. Boots or sneakers are both considered appropriate footwear. Wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Please prepare for the weather by checking the forecast before you arrive at the work site. If it is sunny, please bring a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. If it is raining, please bring a jacket, raincoat, and/or rain boots. If it is cold, please dress in layers along with a hat, gloves and warm socks.
What will happen when I arrive at the site?
At the beginning of each workday, a Habitat site supervisor will begin the morning with a prayer, introductions, a safety talk and instructions. The group will then break into crews to work on the various building tasks.
How do I cancel my volunteer date?
Log in to our volunteer portal (https://habitatcincinnati.galaxydigital.com/) to cancel your volunteer date. You may also utilize the link provided in your confirmation email.
**Groups that wish to cancel or reschedule their volunteer day should contact the Volunteer Coordinator directly at 513-482-5614. Please provide at least one week's notice.**
Do you provide lunch/snacks?
Unless you are working with a group that informed you they will provide lunch, please bring your own packed lunch/snacks. Water is available on the site. You are encouraged to bring your own refillable water bottle, labelled with your name on it.
What type of bathroom facilities are on site?
We have portable toilets on each build site.
What if someone is not comfortable building?
There is something for everyone on site. Please inform your crew leader if you are not comfortable with the task that you have been assigned.
What kind of tasks will volunteers be doing?
Tasks vary depending on the construction schedule.
Do you accept Court-Ordered Community Service Workers?
We are unable to accept Court-Ordered Community Service volunteers with violent, sexual, or theft charges. Other Court-Ordered Community Service volunteers may register for shifts in advance through our online volunteer portal process (https://habitatcincinnati.galaxydigital.com/) and should bring their court paperwork and a picture ID to their first shift.
How can I donate to help build more houses?
Individuals can donate by clicking the "Donate" flag at the top right of the page.
Companies and organizations can learn more about sponsorship here: http://habitatcincinnatiorg.presencehost.net/how-to-help/become-a-corporate-sponsor.html
For more information, or to sign up for any of these volunteer opportunities, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 513-482-5614 or email at email@example.com.