volunteer with Habitat
Volunteer with Habitat Orlando & Osceola to become the heart – and muscle – behind our mission.
The health and safety of our staff, volunteers and future homeowners are our top priority at Habitat Orlando & Osceola. We have closed our build sites until further notice due to COVID-19. Please see the FAQ section below for more information.
Volunteer with Habitat – while gaining networking experience. Come out and meet others while volunteering on a Neighborhood Revitalization project, our new construction sites or more.
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.
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.
What COVID-19 (coronavirus) precautions are being taken on build sites?
The health and safety of our volunteers is our top priority. Out of an abundance of caution, we are closing our build sites due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak until further notice.
When our build sites reopen, we will continue to implement the basic protective measures recommended by the World Health Organization. All our build sites are equipped with hand washing stations, hand sanitizer, sanitation stations for safety glasses and hard hats, and disposable gloves for volunteers to wear under Habitat work gloves, which will be regularly washed.
When can I volunteer?
Build sites are currently closed. In the future, build days will take place from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.
Where can I volunteer?
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.
Read more about volunteer expectations here.
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?
What is expected from a Habitat Orlando & Osceola volunteer?
Habitat for Humanity Greater Orlando & Osceola County works hard to create an environment that supports the diversity of all people. Habitat Orlando & Osceola recognizes that people work best when they know what is expected of them and, in turn, Habitat Orlando & Osceola expects volunteers to conduct themselves in a way that will protect the interests and safety of all Habitat staff, partner families, and volunteers.
Read more of our Volunteer Expectations.