Volunteer Construction

Orientation for Construction Volunteers

Due to site limitations, at this time we are unable to accept “walk on” volunteers. Please help us by calling ahead to be placed on the work schedule.   Thanks for your assistance. We look forward to seeing you at the work site!

A Typical Habitat Build Day

Volunteers do not need to have any experience or any special skill to be part of a Habitat building crew. Training is provided. A work day is 8am – 2pm.

Before you leave home:

Eat breakfast! Habitat does not provide morning food. Dress appropriately with clothes that are not baggy. Tie long hair back and remove jewelry. Hats, sunscreen and sunglasses are always advisable. Bring work gloves (or we can provide them) and wear sturdy shoes (no sandals). Tools are provided, but if you are welcome to bring your own hand tools. Be sure to label them with your name.

When you get to the site:

At the site, you can expect to meet great people, work side by side with the family who will be the future homeowners, and have fun making their dream come true. You will not be asked to do anything that makes you uncomfortable, such as roof work or operating power tools.

Lunch Break: Lunches are provided. If you are interested in sponsoring a lunch, call us at 265-0057.

Registration: From our website, click on the “Volunteer Now” button on the home page.  You will see a calendar showing active GAHH projects. Click on “Sign In” at the top right of the calendar. After you register, you can sign up for a specific project and date by clicking “SignUp” in one or more calendar boxes.  . If you have questions, contact us at 265-0057.

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Summary of Guidelines for construction volunteers:

Thank you for coming out to build with us!

At the construction site, you can expect to meet a lot of great people, have fun, and be a part in making a dream come true. You will not be asked to do something you are not comfortable with, such as getting on a roof, or operating power tools. The work will be broken down into small manageable tasks, and you do not need any special skills in order to be a part of Habitat for Humanity.

• Wear appropriate clothing – no baggy clothing, especially if operating power tools.  Tie long hair back and remove jewelry.  Hats, sunscreen and sunglasses are advisable year-round in the New Mexico sun.  Bring work gloves and wear sturdy shoes.  We can provide hard hats if there is risk of objects falling from above.  You are welcome to bring your own tools if you wish; be sure to label them!  Some of habitat’s best tools were “donated” by volunteers.

• Housekeeping is everyone’s responsibility. Keep your area clean and orderly.  Put away tools, materials, and equipment in their designated area when finished.  Return all nails to containers.  Take all nails out of scrap boards.

• Lifting – Always lift using safe lifting practices.  Use your legs, not your back.  If in doubt, get help.

• Pay attention – Remember that things may be going on above you. And when you are working on the second floor, remember that things are going on down below!

• Do not throw construction materials, tools, or yourself off of roofs.

• Take breaks for a drink of water every half-hour.  Take a sit-down break if you feel tired, especially in the afternoon after you have been working all day.

• Be aware of heights and please do not go up on roofs if you are afraid of heights or ladders.  When on a roof, please make sure you have secure footing and watch where you are going.  Secure ladders to the wall, or have someone hold them at the bottom.

• Report all injuries and accidents to a staff member.  There is a first aid kit at the office trailer.

• No children at the work site.  This can be a dangerous place.  No one under 14 is allowed to work, or even “hang around” the site.  There is no safe place for day care on the site.

• Site “amenities” include port-a-potties and water to replenish your water bottle.  There is no refrigerator for storing your lunch.

• Another way to help Habitat is financially.  Send a check or money order to our office. Contributions are tax-deductible, and a receipt will be provided.

Have fun! And thanks for your help.