volunteer

Volunteers are the heart – and muscle – behind Habitat Orlando & Osceola’s mission. 

With your help, whole neighborhoods improve and transform. Through this transformation, families achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life.

Volunteer groups help us build and repair homes. Every hand makes a difference. No prior experience is needed to volunteer with us. Check out our volunteer FAQ below for the answers to some common questions.

individuals

Volunteer with us – while gaining networking experience. Come out and meet others while volunteering on a Neighborhood Revitalization project, our new construction sites or more. 

groups

We welcome your group to volunteer on our construction sites or a neighborhood revitalization project. From raising walls to minor repairs, there is a task for everyone. 

crew leader

These team members do more than guide their fellow volunteers on the build site. Crew leaders share our passion for providing affordable, safe homes to local hardworking future homebuyers. 

volunteer FAQ

When can I volunteer?

Build days take place from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays until Aug. 31 – the end of our summer hours. 

Those hours will change starting Sept. 1. Volunteers will be needed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. 

 

Where can I volunteer?

Our build site days are taking place at two of our communities: Arbor Bend in Apopka and Silver Pines Pointe in Orlando. Neighborhood Revitalization projects take place throughout the Greater Orlando and Osceola County area. 

Individual volunteers can choose a location, while groups will be assigned a build site after signing up

Are there any age requirements to volunteer?

Yes. All volunteers must be at least 16 years old, no exceptions. Some tasks have an 18+ policy. Task restrictions for 16 & 17-year-old volunteers:

  • Cannot work at heights 6 feet & above
  • Cannot use power tools

Only individuals age 16 or older are allowed on the build site, no exceptions. 

Is construction experience needed in order to volunteer?

No, not at all! Previous experience never hurts, but it isn’t necessary. All construction sites have a site supervisor that will provide all of the on-the-job training needed for the day’s tasks.

What kinds of tasks are done by volunteers?

Construction volunteers typically help with one or more of the following job tasks: framing walls, installing siding, hanging drywall, caulking, priming, painting, kitchen and bathroom remodels, landscaping, and so much more.

Will there be water and food provided?

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 during the volunteer shift. Volunteers can bring a bagged lunch, go off-site during the lunch break or arrange to have food delivered to the site.

Are construction shifts rain or shine?

Unless you hear otherwise from a Habitat Orlando & Osceola staff member, plan to volunteer rain or shine. Site supervisors can often adjust tasks to accommodate for inclement weather.

Do I need to bring tools with me?

All necessary tools and safety gear will be provided by Habitat Orlando & Osceola. If preferred, you may bring your own. Please label all personal tools with your name.

Can I complete my Court-Ordered community service with Habitat Orlando & Osceola?

At this time, we are no longer approving court-ordered community service.

I’ve registered to volunteer. Where can I access the necessary waiver?

Adult Waiver (for volunteers 18 years or older). Minor Waiver (must be signed by the parent or legal guardian of a 16 or 17 year old volunteer).