Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us. The safety of staff, homebuyers, and volunteers remains our number one priority. We will continue to follow CDC guidelines, so we ask those who are unable to comply with the information below to wait to rejoin us.

Due to the increase in the severity of the Delta variant of COVID-19 and the updated recommendations of the CDC and health officials, all volunteers will be required to be fully vaccinated to participate on our worksites. Volunteers who are not able to comply with our safety protocols will be asked to join us at a later date.

View the Volunteer Calendar 

How to Register as a Volunteer & Sign-up for Volunteer Shifts:

  • Before you can volunteer, please read the on-site safety protocols below. Next, you will need to complete the volunteer application and create an account through our volunteer system, Giveffect. 
  • If you had an account with us previously through CERVIS, you can merge your previous account data by creating a new account in Giveffect with the same name and email address. If you are uncertain if you had an account or cannot remember your account information for CERVIS, you can email volunteer@durhamhabitat.org for more information. 
  • For step-by-step instructions on how to complete the volunteer application and create an account in our system, please check out this volunteer user’s guide for Giveffect. 

GROUP INQUIRIESInterested in bringing a group? Please fill out our Group Volunteering Interest Form or contact volunteer@durhamhabitat.org for more information.  

COMMUNITY SERVICE INQUIRIES: Please note, our location is not accepting court ordered community service hours. We encourage anyone seeking community service opportunities to visit the Habitat Restore: trianglerestores.org/volunteer  

Construction Volunteer Phased Re-Opening Plan: 

 Phase 1 (Complete)

 Phase 2 (Complete)

 Phase 3 (In Progress):

  • Due to the increase in the severity of the Delta variant of COVID-19 and the updated recommendations of the CDC and health officials, all volunteers will be required to be fully vaccinated to participate on our worksites. Volunteers who are not able to comply with this policy will be asked to join us at a later date. 
  • Volunteers are required to pre-register through GiveffectVolunteers who do not sign up in advance will be asked to join us at another time. (We accept volunteers age 16+).
  • A maximum of 6 (Wed-Thurs)/10 (Fri-Sat) volunteer spots will be available per site for exterior work, up to 4 people for interior work.  
  • Crews and volunteers will continue to follow CDC guidelines (updated 07/30/21). 
    -Volunteers working outdoors will not be required to wear masks, social distance is suggested. 
    -Volunteers working indoors will be required to wear a mask. Indoor work” will be classified as any work that is done in a space where there are four walls and a roof (or completed floor) above your head. Anytime there are 2 or more people working in an indoor space, masks will be required.
    -Anyone not wishing to wear a mask will be encouraged to do outside work only. 

 Phase 4 (Estimated Mid-July Start): 

  • Larger groups allowed on worksites. 
  • CDC guidelines and safety protocols will be reviewed and adjusted as needed. 

As we move into our phased reopening, please be aware of the following safety protocols:  

We will continue to prioritize safety on Durham Habitat worksites. Volunteers who are not able to comply with these safety protocols will be asked to join us at a later date 

  • All volunteers will be required to be fully vaccinated to participate on our worksites. 
  • Crews and volunteers will continue to follow CDC guidelines (updated as of July 30th): Volunteers working outdoors will not be required to wear masks, and social distancing is encouraged. Volunteers working indoors will be required to wear a mask. 
  • No one should come to site if they have been exposed to or are displaying any symptoms related to COVID-19; including, a cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, body aches, chills, fever or new loss of taste or smell. 
  • Volunteers are required to pre-register through Giveffect. This is so we know how many volunteers are working on each site in the event contact tracing is necessary.  (We accept volunteers age 16+). 
  • There will be no shared water or food, and we request that all volunteers bring their own water bottle which can be refilled on site. No cups will be provided.
  • There will be hand and tool sanitizer available at each worksite. 

Groups:

  • Durham Habitat is currently accepting group reservations by completing the Group Volunteering Interest Form 
  • Groups of 10 or more may be split between two worksites.  
  • Group reservations must be finalized 48-hours in advance or they are subject to cancelation.  
  • For any additional inquiries, please email volunteer@durhamhabitat.org 

 Inclement Weather:

Our construction crews work rain or shine! In extreme conditions we would take local guidelines into consideration and may choose to close a construction site to protect the safety of staff and volunteers. If you have day-of questions regarding work site safety, please contact the Volunteer Manager or call our weather line 919-682-0516 ext 7.

 

 

Habitat Success Stories

Lal is a Burmese refugee who came to Durham after stops in India and Thailand. Lal partnered with Habitat and the Durham Literacy Center to renovate a historic home in East Durham. "There is no more fear," Lal said. "We won't have to move again because the home belongs to us."

Lal