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Volunteer

We rely on thousands of volunteers every year to carry out our mission of transforming communities and improving lives. Find the volunteer opportunity that is right for you!

About

We have a variety of volunteer opportunities at Habitat for Humanity and are certain that we can find something that is just right for you. If you are interested in volunteering, but not sure what area you’d like to help us with, we have a full listing of all of the different volunteer opportunities available to you.

All volunteers must fill out a variety of forms before they can even set foot on a worksite. These forms help us keep track of all of our wonderful volunteers as well as taking the necessary precautions should something go awry onsite. 

Why volunteer with Habitat for Humanity?

Your skills can help our organization provide affordable housing solutions for deserving families in the community. There are tasks for skilled and unskilled construction professionals, retail, stocking and deconstruction work at the Habitat ReStore, office assistance work at our main office, and family service and other committee work. We also have opportunities for those who enjoy cooking to provide lunch or snacks for our construction volunteers. Most of these tasks only require a willingness to learn and an ability to work with others.

Learn new skills…and brush up on some that have gotten rusty

One of the best things about volunteering with Habitat is learning new skills. If you can provide the labor, we can provide you with the expertise and guidance needed to help rehab a home, repurpose materials at the ReStore, or learn new skills in the office. If you are a professional who is looking for new ways to use your expertise in your field, serving on a Habitat committee is a great way to help your community and yourself.

Forms

Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity requires that every volunteer have the following forms on file at each worksite. 

2017 ADULT Registration Form Liability Waiver

2017 MINOR Registration Form Liability Waiver

Minor forms require the signature of a parent/guardian and minors must be accompanied by an adult over age 18. No one under age 14 can be onsite when construction is taking place. Every volunteer will need to have the above forms on file at every different worksite where you volunteer. Print, complete these forms  and sign them (you can photocopy it here in our office if you’d like) and bring one to each worksite where you volunteer with Habitat. Blank forms are also available at each worksite.

FAQ

How do I sign up to volunteer?

It is required to sign up to volunteer through Jodi Isom, our Volunteer Services Manager.  Jodi can be reached via email at [email protected] or (920) 967-8882.  You can also sign up to receive weekly email updates that are sent every Friday and list all volunteer opportunities and announcements.  To sign up to receive weekly email updates, check the bottom of this page.

When are construction workdays?

Our construction season runs year round! Work days for construction are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7:45am to 4:00pm. Home rehab and home repair projects allow us to work year round.

What if I’m signed up and I need to cancel?

If you need to cancel for any volunteer position with the Fox Cities Habitat offices, please contact Volunteer Services Manager, Jodi Isom, at (920) 544-7856 or via email at [email protected].

If you have a cancellation for the Habitat ReStore, contact the staff at (920) 830-8400.

What about weather conditions/rain?

Please look at the task you’re signed up to help with.  If it is an interior task (insulation, ceiling or wall sheetrock, underlayment, painting, interior finish work, cleaning, etc.) we will work regardless of weather conditions.  If the construction task is an outside task, we may call off the workday due to rain or inclement weather. 

Please call Jodi Isom at (920) 544-7856 for updated site information.

What do I need to bring to a worksite?

Typically we ask all volunteers to bring the following when they volunteer onsite:

Registration form and liability waiver

  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife
  • Work gloves
  • Tool belt
  • Safety glasses
  • Pencil
  • Water bottle or coffee container

What is provided to me when I volunteer onsite?

Habitat provides coffee, water and lemonade onsite.  We also provide lunch for all full workdays (7:45am – 4:00pm workdays).  For half days, no meal is provided.  If you have food allergies or dietary restrictions, you may want to bring your own lunch. 

Are there age restrictions for construction volunteers under age 18?

Yes, our insurance company mandates our age policy. 

  • No one under age 14 can be on a Habitat worksite when construction is going on. 
  • Youth ages 14-15 can help with painting, landscaping or cleaning with a parent along. 
  • Youth ages 16-17 can help with general construction tasks and must have one adult to every three youth. 
  • No one under age 18 can work on a roof, go on a ladder or use power tools. 

There is a special registration/liability form required for volunteers under age 18.  Contact Jodi Isom for more details about getting teens involved in volunteering.

What if I’m interested in volunteering at Habitat ReStore?

Harriet Robson coordinates all volunteers at Habitat ReStore.  Contact Harriet at [email protected] or (920) 967-8901.

What if I know someone who is building with Habitat (i.e. a Habitat homeowner)?  Can I help build their home specifically?

Certainly!  Habitat homeowners are allowed to have friends and family help build their home.  Special volunteers spots are reserved for homeowners and their friends and family on their own build.  Contact the homeowner directly or Jodi Isom.

What is the Habitat Senior Crew?

Our Senior Crew is a group of highly dedicated volunteers that commit to volunteering regularly with Habitat.  They serve as the leadership volunteers on our worksites.  They are mostly over age 55 and retired, but not always.  

Is it required to attend a Volunteer Orientation?

We require volunteer orientation for volunteers who intend to be “regular” with Habitat.  If you are just signing up for one workday, whether as an individual or group, you do not need to attend a volunteer orientation.  However, if you have volunteered several times or you intend to volunteer somewhat regularly, we would like you to attend one of our sessions. 

Online Volunteer Orientation

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity. We want you to not only have a rewarding volunteer experience but to have the opportunity to learn more about how we transform communities and improve lives through our housing solutions.

For our audio and visual learners, click the video to learn about how we work. Want to work at your own pace? Below the video is a download for a PowerPoint version.

Please contact Volunteer Services Manager, Jodi Isom, with any questions or for more information.

Volunteer Orientation PowerPoint 2015