Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley is always looking for volunteers!! We heavily rely on the efforts of our volunteers and welcome all who are willing and able to work, regardless of skill level. No matter who you are, no matter your experience level, you are always welcome to volunteer with us here at Habitat for Humanity.
We are currently working on rehabs all located in Elgin every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, from 8:30am to 4:00pm. Volunteers are asked to arrive on time at their scheduled site on their scheduled day and stay for the entirety of the build day. If you can only work a partial day, we ask that you come first thing in the morning and then leave early if you need to. For safety reasons, we ask volunteers NOT to show up in the middle of the day.
A Habitat representative will begin each work day with an orientation and safety talk. The group will then break into crews to work on various tasks such as demolition, framing, insulation, hanging drywall, painting, siding, landscaping, flooring, etc. We generally allow a maximum of 12 volunteers on each build site. This ensures that everyone has a task to work on during the day and is enjoying each minute of their time to the fullest extent.
Skill Requirement: No specific skills are needed except a willingness to learn. Each build site has an assigned Project Director. The Project Director will direct the day’s work and provide necessary instruction. Additional assistance of experienced, regular volunteer Crew Leaders will be on-site to teach you every step of the way.
Age Requirement: To help ensure a safe work environment, construction volunteers must legally be at least 16 years old. Teens 16 and 17 may work on a construction site with parental permission. For school or youth groups, students must be accompanied by an adult representing the organization. Those volunteers under 18 must not use power tools, climb ladders, or work on scaffolding or the roof. What to Bring: Volunteers are asked to bring their own water bottle, sunscreen, and a sack lunch (unless other arrangements have been made). Habitat provides all of the tools, but you are welcome to bring your own so long as they are clearly labeled with your name. Please wear closed-toed shoes, preferably boots or other thick-soled shoes. Dress weather-appropriate, and please, no yoga pants or spaghetti-strapped tank tops.
Release of Liability: Each volunteer must sign a Release and Waiver of Liability form agreeing to take personal responsibility for any accident or injury on the work site. Volunteers aged 16 or 17 must have a parent or guardian sign a Minor Release and Waiver of Liability.
Sample Work Day Schedule:
8:30am -- Volunteer Safety and Orientation
9:00am -- Begin Working
12:00pm -- Lunch Break
1:00pm -- Resume Working
3:30pm -- Clean-Up
4:00pm -- End of Work Day
Interested individual volunteers can register for a build day right away on our VolunteerUP construction calendar: http://www.volunteerup.com/Login.asp?w=i&o=175. Those who are interested in setting up a group build day for their church, company, sports team, community organization, or any other group, please contact us directly.
Good Match For
Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 16
- 8:30-4:00 Wednesday and/or Friday and/or Saturday