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Volunteer

Without the help of our dedicated and caring volunteers, we would not be able to build as many affordable, quality homes for families in our community.  Every year, we work with an average of over 200 volunteers who put in thousands of hours of service toward supporting our mission.  

You don't have to swing a hammer to help your community!  We have ongoing opportunities at our construction sites and at our ReStore, but we also need help year-round with special events, landscaping, cleaning, and office projects.  Check out each section below for more details. 

 

Eager to get started? Apply today!  

Waukesha ReStore

 

The ReStore offers a variety of volunteer opportunities including:

  • Customer service

  • Merchandising

  • Store maintenance

  • Product pricing

  • Donation intake (unloading merchandise)

  • Store promotion (mailings, flyer distribution)

  • Artistic & DIY projects

Light-duty and heavy-duty volunteer work is available. Have retail or cashiering experience, or very sociable and want to interact with people? Consider volunteering as a cashier. Have some muscle? Help process incoming donations. Good at cleaning household goods? Help keep the store neat and tidy.  For more details on volunteering at the Waukesha ReStore, click here.

 

Construction

New Home & Rehab Home Construction Volunteers

Volunteers complete almost every aspect of a Habitat home's construction. We work with volunteers of all experience levels, whether you are a retired carpenter, have never used a hammer, or anywhere between! Volunteers must be 18 years old to work on the build site or 16 to volunteer with a parent/legal guardian.

Volunteers should come dressed for the weather, wearing closed-toe shoes, long pants*, and a short- or long-sleeved shirt. Masks are currently required when inside. Masks are optional for outdoor work on the construction site. Remember to bring a water bottle!

*Shorts are authorized; however, build days include plenty of kneeling on rough surfaces

Have experience? Become a Crew Leader!

Are you knowledgeable about home construction/carpentry and have extra time to make a difference? Become a crew leader! Crew leaders assist with the construction of homes and work with the construction manager to lead and teach new volunteers and volunteer groups. Crew leaders work once per week or more on the build site. Now that Habitat is building more homes than ever in Waukesha County, more crew leaders are needed to help with all of the sites!

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, opportunities for construction volunteers are limited.

Please contact the Marketing and Volunteer Manager for further details.  

 

Volunteer Groups

 

Volunteer With Your Group, School, Church, or Business 

Volunteering with Habitat Waukesha is a great team-building experience for organizations, schools, clubs, families, groups of friends, and more!  Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, opportunities for volunteer groups are limited. Please contact the Volunteer & Development Manager for further details. 

Our construction sites are currently not open to the public or groups. Please contact the Marketing and Volunteer Manager for details.

 

Youth Volunteer Groups
Do you have a group of youth that want to give back to their community? Youth can volunteer with Habitat by making lunches for our build site volunteers, working at our ReStore, hosting a fundraiser to benefit Habitat, doing a building or art project, and spreading the word about our organization throughout the community! We are always open to working with our youth and would love to hear your ideas. Volunteers must be 18 years old to work on the build site or 16 to volunteer with a parent/legal guardian.

 

Contact our Marketing and Volunteer Manager at erin@habitatwaukesha.org today to learn how your group can get involved!

Community Service

Please note, if you are completing court-ordered community service, additional information is required prior to beginning your service.  For complete details, please review our Community Service Volunteer Policy document. 

 

Court-ordered service hours may be completed at Habitat Waukesha ReStore, however, we do not accommodate all offenses.

Your charged offense must be shared with our Volunteer team for community service placement consideration.  

Please contact our Marketing and Volunteer Manager for assistance.

Office Work

 

There are many ways to volunteer that don't include physical labor. Use your talents to help grow the organization and give back to your community!  If you would like to get involved in any of these additional volunteer activities, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page and mention what you'd like to get involved in the text box provided. 

Board of Directors

Directors lead Habitat on strategic planning, grow the organization's network, make policy decisions, and make yearly financial contributions.

Event Volunteers

If you have fundraising or event planning experience or interest, we'd love your assistance! Help Habitat organizes and run various events and auctions throughout the year, spread the word about Habitat's work to the community, and raise funds for many projects each year.

Data Input/Management

Habitat works with thousands of volunteers, donors, applicants, businesses, and organizations every year. Work in the Habitat office to input and manage the data system.

Marketing

Have a passion for communication and marketing? We can always use more help with getting the word out. Help with Social Media, graphics, print, and video.

Cleaning

Providing cleaning services for our office and retail spaces is always appreciated.

 

AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps is a federal agency that provides national service programs designed to engage thousands of Americans each year in intensive service to meet community needs in areas of public safety, education, human needs and the environment. Learn more about AmeriCorps.

In partnership with local Habitat organizations, Habitat places AmeriCorps members to serve in a variety of roles to increase Habitat’s ability to build homes, engage communities, build capacity and increase productivity. Learn more about Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps.

AmeriCorps service opportunities with Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County

click here.

Are you a member of the Saints?

SIGN UP FOR YOUR NEXT SHIFT HERE

Are you a returning individual volunteer?

SIGN UP FOR YOUR NEXT SHIFT HERE

Are you a member of a group who already has a volunteer day scheduled?

REGISTER HERE

We encourage each volunteer to consider their vaccination status and CDC - COVID 19 Risk Factors when deciding whether to volunteer.

Of particular note:

  • Masks / face coverings are recommended but not required for indoor locations. 

  • If you have been recently exposed to someone who has tested positive with COVID or have recently tested positive we ask that they reach out to erin@habitatwaukesha.org to discuss our protocols further before volunteering.

  • Daily wellness checks should be self-performed before coming to Habitat. If anyone answers “yes” to either of these questions, please stay home for the day.

    • If you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, have you had exposure to anyone with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 within the last 14 days?

    • Regardless of vaccination status, are you currently experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms (including fever, sore throat, respiratory illness, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell)

  • All volunteers, staff, AmeriCorps, and partner families should stay home if they are sick.

  • If, with-in 10 days, of you volunteering with Habitat you test positive or are exposed to someone who tests positive. We ask that you share that information with the volunteer manager at erin@habitatwaukesha.org.

Donate

There are many ways to contribute a tax-deductible donation to Habitat Waukesha. Learn how you can help support our mission and help families with affordable housing. 

ReStore

Help support the store that builds homes! Our ReStore is always accepting donations - and we love to see appliances, cabinets, and more! 

Our Sponsors

We couldn't do what we do without the support of our generous sponsors. Learn more about those that help keep Habitat Waukesha's mission going—and how you can help, too!