volunteer in the restore

Please note that due to COVID-19, we are currently unable to accept volunteers in our ReStores.  Please send an email to volunteerservices@sandiegohabtiat.org if you'd like to be notified when volunteers can return.


Volunteers are the heart of the ReStores and there are plenty of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups to get involved at our locations in San Diego, Escondido, National City, and Carlsbad.  We'll find the task that is perfect for you!  No experience necessary!

Whether it's an entire day or just a few hours, one person, or a large group, the ReStore is a great place for volunteers to help support affordable housing efforts!  Proceeds from the ReStore help build homes right here in San Diego County!



The ReStores are open Tuesday - Saturday.  Volunteers can assist in the following ways:

         Assisting truck driver on donation pickup routes
         Assisting in the warehouse (inake of donations, engaging customers, and more!)
         Helping with administrative tasks in the office


For more details about ReStore volunteer opportunities, please read these job descriptions.

If you are interested in volunteering on a regular basis, please contact Chris Orkwis at chris.orkwis@sandiegohabitat.org or at 619-283-4663 x140.


  • Volunteers must be at least 14 years old to volunteer at the Restore.
  • Volunteers aged 14-17 must bring a Minor Permission Form signed by a parent/guardian.
  • Groups with any volunteers aged 14 or 15 must bring 1 chaperone for every 5 volunteers under 16.
  • Individual volunteers aged 14 or 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For those volunteers under 16 years old, please contact Volunteer Manager Chris Orkwis at chris.orkwis@sandiegohabitat.org for a youth activity.



We allow groups of 5-10 volunteers to work a 4-hour shift in the ReStores.  Please contact Volunteer Manager Chris Orkwis at chris.orkwis@sandiegohabitat.org if you would like to schedule a group volunteer shift.



If you are a court-ordered volunteer, please click here for detailed information about how to volunteer in a ReStore.


Before you attend your first volunteer shift, please watch this brief orientation.  Here you will find the information you need to prepare for your shift.  

  • Full day and half day shifts are available and are flexible to fit your schedule.
  • ReStore volunteer days are Tuesday – Saturday (closed Monday).
  • No experience is required!
  • The day begins with an orientation and tour of the ReStore.
  • Wear closed toed shoes and comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
  • ReStore warehouses aren’t heated or cooled, so dress accordingly.
  • Pack your own lunch and bring a water bottle.
  • Tools and safety equipment are provided if needed.