Frequently Asked Questions About Volunteering

What types of volunteer opportunities exist?

We need your help to make the vision of affordable housing a reality for hardworking families in San Diego County. You can help us by volunteering in the following ways - help build or rehabilitate a home at a construction site, coordinate a group build day, volunteer in the ReStore,  or assist with office needs and administrative duties.
 

Can individuals volunteer?

Yes.  Young or old, newcomers or experts, laborers or office workers, all faiths or no faith, we all join together to make affordable homes a reality in San Diego for families in need. There are volunteer needs at various times during the week, as well as on Saturdays. 
 

Can groups volunteer?

Yes.  Please visit the Volunteer Group page for more information about how to schedule your group for an orientation and build day.
 

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

Due to insurance restrictions, volunteers must be at least 16 years of age (sorry, no exceptions).  Younger volunteers may work in the ReStore if working with a parent/guardian.  Contact Rhea Stumm at rhea.stumm@sandiegohabitat.org to discuss.

Both individuals and youth groups are encouraged to lend a helping hand. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a Minor Permission Form signed by their parent or guardian allowing them to do volunteer work. To comply with legal requirements and to provide proper supervision, there must be a minimum of one adult chaperone for every five youth under the age of 18.
 

Do you accept Court-Ordered Community Service Volunteers?

Yes, but on a limited and restricted basis.  San Diego Habitat is unable to accommodate court-ordered volunteers who have committed any violent or theft-related offenses.  Please click here to read San Diego Habitat's Community Service Policy.  San Diego Habitat community service volunteers serve at the ReStore.

To begin the volunteer process, contact Volunteer Manager, Rhea Stumm, at rhea.stumm@sandiegohabitat.org to complete necessary application and to obtain approval.  Please do not sign up for volunteer service outside of this process.

All court-ordered community service volunteers will be required to submit a copy of their original court paperwork and ID along with an application that will be provided by the Volunteer Manager, and be screened and approved BEFORE beginning their community service.  Hours worked prior to approval will not be verified.

If you have questions, please contact Rhea Stumm at rhea.stumm@sandiegohabitat.org.
 

What are the construction days and hours?

We build on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  Construction hours are from 8:15am to 3:30pm. Midweek volunteers are very critically needed at both the ReStore and construction sites. 
 

Do I need prior construction skills to volunteer on a construction site?

No.  All we ask is that you bring a willingness to learn and a desire to assist us in achieving our mission of building affordable housing. We have house leaders skilled in home construction and working with volunteers with various skill levels. Come and learn how to build a house!
 

Do I need to bring anything to the construction site?

It is recommended that you wear clothing that you don't mind getting dirty, as well as sturdy closed-toed shoes such as work boots or sneakers.  Bring your own sack lunch, a water bottle, sunscreen, and a hat to protect you from the sun.  Most people like to layer their clothing, as it may be cool in the morning and much warmer as the day goes on.  Tools and safety supplies will be provided, but you may bring your own if you'd like.
 

I’m ready to volunteer!  How do I get started?

It’s easy to start helping TODAY!  Please visit Volunteer Hub, our volunteer management website, to register and sign up for any upcoming volunteer orientation!  
 

More Questions?

If your question was not addressed here, or if you would like to schedule a group build day, please submit this form, or contact Rhea Stumm, Volunteer Manager, at rhea.stumm@sandiegohabitat.org.