Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County

If I’ve never volunteered with Habitat before, how do I get started?

Please visit our VolunteerHub page and create an account with us. Once your account is made, our Volunteer Coordinator, Shelly, will conduct a a criminal background check and invite you to sign up up for your first volunteer shift! For any questions, please call our office at 360.715.9170 ext. 1016 or email Shelly at volunteer@hfhwhatcom.org.

Where do I go to volunteer?

The address for every work party will be given to you when you sign up to volunteer for a given project (based on your interests). If you need directions or have any questions, please call our Affiliate Office at 360.715.9170, or email us at volunteer@hfhwhatcom.org.

When should I arrive?

Volunteer build days are typically scheduled weekly Wednesday – Saturday. Every workday begins with a brief introduction and a training session at 8:30 a.m., and finishes around 3:30 or 4 p.m. Please arrive by or before 8:30 because we need to check in volunteers, explain the day’s work to be done, and discuss safety issues. …

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What should I wear?

Dress appropriately for the weather and the work being done. Wear long pants and other clothing that fits well and that you don’t mind damaging or getting dirty. We advise dressing in layers. Wear work boots, hiking boots, or sturdy tennis shoes. Please do not wear sandals, flip-flops, or any kind of open toed shoes.

What tools/supplies does Habitat provide, and what should I bring with me?

We provide all tools and necessary safety gear you will need, including hard hats, safety glasses, ear plugs, and gloves. Drinking water, first aid kit, and portable restroom facilities are available onsite. All you need to bring is your passion, enthusiasm, and a sack lunch (nothing that needs refrigeration). If a sponsor is providing lunch …

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Do I need construction experience?

Absolutely not! We welcome all volunteers whether they have lots of experience or none at all. All construction work is supervised by a professional construction manager. Staff and crew leaders are on hand to explain and oversee each step, to ensure work is being done correctly and safely, to answer your questions, and to help …

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Who can volunteer on the construction site?

We welcome everybody regardless of experience, ability, gender, religion, or political views. First-time volunteers must complete a liability waiver, criminal background check, and a brief orientation and safety training. Volunteers 16 to 18 years old are allowed on the job site but cannot use power tools or be above 10 feet (for example, on ladders …

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