Build Site Volunteering - Frequently Asked Questions

What days of the week do we build?

Is there a cost?

How long is the build day?

What time do we arrive on site?

Will there be someone there to greet us?

Can someone arrive late/leave early?

What should we wear?

Hard hats/work boots?

Do you provide lunch/snacks?

What if someone has dietary restrictions?

What type of bathroom facilities are on site?

Where do I send the money?

What dates are available?

Do volunteers need previous experience?

What if someone is not comfortable building?

Age restrictions for Volunteers?

What kind of tasks will volunteers be doing?

 

  •  What days of the week do we build?
  • Habitat builds from Monday - Saturday and the occasional Sunday.
  •  How much does it cost?
  • For individual volunteers, there is no cost to build. However, we encourage you to consider fundraising for your build day amongst your friends, family and colleagues. We will be happy to provide you with all the tools necessary, including a customizeable fundraising page, to help you reach out to our networks.
  •  How long is the build day?
  • The day starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.
  •  What time do we arrive on site?
  • Please arrive on the build site promptly at 8:00 a.m. There is a mandatory safety speech at 8:30 a.m. and if you miss this speech, you will not be permitted to build.
  •  Will there be someone there to greet us?
  • A representative from Volunteer Services will greet you upon arrival to register you.
  •  Can someone arrive late/leave early?
  • It is very important that volunteers arrive on time in order to register and go through the orientation process. If you need to leave early please be sure to let your Crew Leader and a Habitat staff member know. (advance notice would be helpful)
  •  What should we wear?
  • Loose, comfortable and old clothing is ideal. Please dress for the weather and be prepared to get dirty!
  •  Hard hats/work boots?
  • Habitat for Humanity provides these for all of our volunteers, however, if you have your own CSA approved steel-toe work boots and hard hat, you are welcome to bring them.
  •  Do you provide lunch/snacks?
  • Please bring your own packed lunch. Coffee, water and light snacks are available on the site. You are encouraged to bring your own refillable water bottle.
  •  What type of bathroom facilities are on site?
  • We have Port-o-lets on each build site.
  •  What dates are available?
  • Build shifts can be booked online through our Volunteer Hub. All available dates are listed on the Volunteer Hub calendar.
  •  Do volunteers need previous experience?
  • No experience is required to volunteer in any capacity with Habitat for Humanity Toronto.
  •  What if someone is not comfortable building?
  • There is something for everyone on site, please inform your crew leader if you are not comfortable with the task that you have been assigned.
  •  Age restrictions for Volunteers?
  • Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older to participate on a Habitat build site.
  •  What kind of tasks will volunteers be doing?
  • Tasks vary depending on the construction schedule.

 

    "I found Habitat Toronto is a very friendly organization for low income families. No interest, no down payment, training for home ownership, the best thing is you can own a house even if you are on a low income.

    We thank God and thank the staff of Habitat for Humanity Toronto who give us this opportunity. It's our dream; it's the goal of our life."