Volunteer With Habitat

Join us in building a stronger Central Florida.

Volunteers are the heart and muscle behind our mission to ensure everyone has a safe, comfortable place to call home. Volunteer as an individual or a group to take part in this vision. Build days are limited, so learn more about scheduling yours today via the buttons below. 

Habitat for Humanity Greater Orlando & Osceola County is following local, state and national health and safety protocols.  

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Individuals

Volunteer with Habitat – while gaining networking experience. Come out and meet others while volunteering at a community event, our new construction sites or more.
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Groups

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

Volunteer announcements

We’d like to announce the addition of David Bunzel to our team as our new Volunteer Coordinator. While he may be one of the newest team members, he’s no stranger to our mission.

Read more about David and his work with Habitat for Humanity in this blogpost.

We’re looking for Crew Leaders! These special volunteers come out to the build site regularly to guide less-experienced volunteers. It’s a modest monthly commitment, and you’ll receive training.

A great Habitat Crew Leader doesn’t need professional experience or tremendous skills. You just need a positive, friendly attitude and the patience to guide those new to a construction site. Please email Volunteers@habitatorlandoosceola.org if you’re interested. 

Change lives as a Homeownership Mentor. Homeownership mentors help local families become financially prepared to qualify to buy a home.

Please note: New Mentor Orientations are held quarterly in January, April, July and October. Invitations will be sent two weeks before the orientation. Mentors who complete their trainings will be invited to our monthly meetings held on the 1st Wednesday of the month from 6-7 p.m. Please fill out our interest form for an invite to our next orientation.

Volunteer FAQ

What COVID-19 (coronavirus) precautions are being taken on build sites?

Habitat Orlando & Osceola is following local, state and national health and safety protocols. This means limited availability on our build sites, among other guidelines. 

Volunteers will be sent our construction site health and safety guidelines before their booked build day. 

When can I volunteer?

For group volunteers: Contact our Development Department to sponsor your build day. Sponsoring your Team Build helps us continue our mission to provide Central Floridians safe, affordable homes.  

 If you are unable to give at this time, please contact our Volunteer Department. 

For individual volunteers: Check back for more information. 

Where can I volunteer?

Our build site days will take place at homes in our current development in the Pine Hills neighborhood of OrlandoWe host volunteers in our warehouse and in our office located in Orlando. We also partner with organizations in Orange and Osceola County for opportunities beyond the build site volunteer days.  

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 on ladders 
  • 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, landscaping, and so much more. You will find out your task prior to your build day. Tasks may change due to the ever-evolving nature of the construction schedule. You will receive onsite training for all tasks. 

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 usually 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. Check out this list of places to grab lunch.

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.

What is expected from a Habitat Orlando & Osceola volunteer?

Habitat Orlando & Osceola 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