Volunteer

Volunteers are at the heart of Habitat for Humanity of Durham. Each year, 7,000 to 8,000 volunteers provide more than 25,000 hours of service to build and renovate 40+ homes. This gift of time saves Durham Habitat more than $325,000 in labor costs each year.

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What Can Volunteers Expect From Habitat?

Volunteer with saw

  • Safe Work Environments - Whether on a construction site, the ReStore, or at a special event, we will keep you safe. Safety orientations kick off every volunteer construction day, and safety equipment is provided.
  • Productive Work Days - Everything you need (tools, supplies, and a work plan) will be waiting for you, and you'll be able to see tangible results of your work.
  • Leadership - No experience is necessary, and we mean it. Our staff and volunteer crew leaders are trained to teach you everything you need to know.
  • Patience, Perspective, and a Sense of Humor - We work hard, and we have fun doing it!

 

What Does Habitat Expect From Volunteers?

Volunteers2Prompt Arrival - Promptly starting each volunteer shift ensures we can finish our homes on schedule, and having everyone on hand for orientation makes our work sites safer and more efficient.

Safety - Please use tools and equipment as instructed and adhere to safety procedures. Closed-toed shoes are required, and a volunteer liability waiver is required before volunteering.

Commitment - If you sign up, we count on you, and our families count on you!

Flexibility - Sometimes weather doesn't cooperate, a task doesn't go exactly according to plan, or we need to refocus our efforts on a special project. Either way, it's cool.  We make it work!

Habitat Success Stories

Pearlie's home was so damaged that neighbors thought it was abandoned. Habitat partnered with the City of Durham to replace Pearlie's roof, a damaged wall, and exterior siding. Pearlie said, "It lifts my spirits. Habitat volunteers are beautiful people."

Pearlie