volunteer with us
Habitat Lehigh Valley is a volunteer-driven organization. Volunteers are an essential and integral element of Habitat Lehigh Valley’s mission. There are many opportunities for volunteers on and off the construction site.
There are many opportunities for volunteers on the construction site:
Regular Construction: We have regular construction opportunities on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8:00am to 2:00pm. No experience is necessary. Volunteer activities can include carpentry, insulation, drywall, painting, cabinetry, landscaping, and more. The minimum age is 16.
Core Construction Team: The core construction team is a group of regular volunteers that are on the jobsite on a consistent, weekly basis. The commitment necessary to be a core volunteer is volunteering 10 hours per month or coming out to 2 volunteer days per month (whichever comes first). If you are interested in joining the core construction volunteer group, email firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate a shadow opportunity with one of our experienced volunteers.
Blitz Builds: During a Blitz Build Habitat works with volunteers to get a future Habitat home under roof in 11 days. No experience is necessary; you only need a willingness to learn and a positive attitude. Activities will include framing, hammering, clean-up, wrapping, siding etc. Minimum age is 18.
How to Volunteer on the Construction Site
NOTE: BUILD SEASON RUNS YEAR ROUND.
Become a volunteer in two simple steps:
Create a Volunteer Hub account, and take our safety quiz
Online Safety Certification
All individuals or groups volunteering on the construction site at any time must complete the Online Safety Certification.
Click the link to go to the Safety Training website
Enter the Employee Access Code: W8NAEBTG and press Submit (This is the code for all Habitat volunteers)
Select this course: Volunteering On A Habitat for Humanity Job Site
The course loads and starts automatically. Watch and listen carefully!
When the presentation has ended you will be prompted to take a Quiz.
When you get to the slide titled “Quiz,” pause the slideshow to review the course before starting the quiz. Once you start the quiz, you CANNOT review the course. Upon completion of the quiz, you’ll be given your accuracy score, indicating Pass or Fail. The Habitat affiliate will not be given your score, it will only be notified when a course is passed. This course is meant to be informational and educational by providing you with basic knowledge to help you as a Habitat for Humanity volunteer.
If you Fail, you may log in again and re-take the course at a later time
If you Pass, you will be directed to a course completion screen
On the course completion screen, enter your First Name and Last Name in the appropriate fields. In the Location field, enter the Habitat affiliate name followed by the State: HABITAT LEHIGH VALLEY, PA.
Create a volunteer account
All open volunteer opportunities are posted on our online volunteer schedule. Your volunteer account will enable you to sign up for volunteer opportunities that you would like to participate in; If you find an opportunity that interests you, we require that you sign up for the opportunity to reserve your spot.
To create an account, go to our online volunteer schedule page and register an account.
Court Ordered Community Service Volunteers
In addition to the steps above, read the Community Service Policy and Guidelines. Submit a signed Community Service Acknowledgement, which signifies that you understand and agree to the Policy and Guidelines.
ReStore Volunteer Crew
- Assist customers with the sales process
- Have a good understanding of items available for sale
- Assist in keeping merchandise organized on the sales floor
- Help keep aisles clear and safe
- Determine acceptability and complete donation receipt to give to donor
- Assist with staging and merchandising of items
- Keep drop-off area/warehouse clean, safe, and organized
- Ability to do moderate/heavy lifting
- Sort and package donated items
- Assist to tag merchandise with price labels
- Assist to place merchandised items on sales floor
- Create decorative displays
- Assist customers with the sales process
- Donation Center
- Customer Service
- Paint Mixing
Days of Operation: Monday thru Friday Office Hours: 8:30-5:00pm. Volunteers can assist in filing, data entry, and book keeping in our office. If you would like to be an office volunteer, email email@example.com.
Are you passionate about the work that we do in our community? Would you like to learn more about how we work with our Partner Families and community partners? Would you like to share the Habitat Lehigh Valley story with others in our community? If so, we have an opportunity for you!
Our affiliate frequently receives requests for Habitat Lehigh Valley to attend community events to come out, set up a table, and share information about our program and volunteer opportunities. Habitat Ambassadors will represent Habitat Lehigh Valley at these events to educate the community about what we do, answer questions, and advise on how to support, volunteer or/and donate to Habitat. We are looking for 12 volunteers to become members of the newly appointed Habitat Ambassadors Team. We will train you, provide you with talking points, share our brochure materials and answer your questions. Then, as we are asked out into the community we will coordinate with you, according to your availability and interests. Ambassadors will usually work in teams of two or three. Ambassadors will be responsible for providing their own transportation to speaking engagements as well as picking up any required display materials from the Habitat affiliate. If you’re interested please submit a completed application.
Organize and provide food for build volunteers as a Food Service Coordinator. Below is an idea of the types of food items is needed for build site. If you are interested in this, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Build Day Meals (5 – 15 People)
|Breakfast 8 am||Breakfast bars, muffins, fruit, coffee, hot chocolate, oatmeal, breakfast sandwiches, pastries, etc.|
|Lunch 11 am||Meat sandwiches, hamburgers/hotdogs, chicken, chili, stew, pizza, lasagna, burritos, barbeque, chips, salad, potato salad, fruit salad, cookies, brownies, etc.|
|Snacks||Fruit, chips, crackers, pretzels, protein/granola bars, trail mix, etc.|
|Drinks||Water, ice, fruit juice, tea, coffee, soda, lemonade, iced tea, Gatorade, etc.|
Additional Items to Bring
- Paper towels
- Hand sanitizer
- Cream/Sugar (for coffee)
Habitat Lehigh Valley is always looking for dedicated individuals to participate on our various committees. For a full list of committees and roles available, please contact Jessica Elliott, Executive Director, at 610-776-7737 x308 or email@example.com