Yes. All construction volunteers must be at least 16-years-old, no exceptions. Some tasks have an 18+ policy (roof work, some vinyl siding shifts, etc.). The age requirement is specified for each shift.
Task restrictions for 16 & 17-year-old volunteers:
Cannot work at heights 6 feet & above (no roof work)
Cannot use power tools
Cannot participate in demolition tasks or crawl space work
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.
Unless you hear otherwise from a Habitat Charlotte staff member via email (by 6:45 a.m. the day of your scheduled shift), plan to volunteer rain or shine. Site supervisors can often adjust tasks to accommodate for inclement weather.
If you’re not sure about the task(s) assigned to a volunteer shift for which you’re interested in registering, take a look at these brief descriptions of on-site tasks.
All necessary tools and safety gear will be provided by Habitat Charlotte. If preferred, you may bring your own. Please label all personal tools with your name. Although not mandatory, volunteers are suggested to bring their own work gloves, if available.
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 by Habitat Charlotte 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.
Court-ordered community service may not be completed on Habitat Charlotte construction sites. However, opportunities to fulfill community service hours are available at the Habitat Charlotte ReStores. Everything you need to know about community service at the ReStore can be found on theReStore site. Please note: Community service hours cannot be completed during Books Drives.