volunteer with us
Mon Valley Habitat for Humanity is a volunteer-driven organization. We welcome anyone and everyone to join us as we build safe, decent, affordable homes in partnership with individuals & families in need. Even if building isn’t your “thing”, we have other volunteer opportunities that will help benefit our organization and its cause. Check out the ways you can have an impact on the community!
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additional info & FAQs
Mon Valley Habitat for Humanity welcomes volunteers who are required by a court to do community service. You may volunteer on the construction site and in the ReStore. We do not offer office opportunities for Community Service hours. We look forward to working with you and believe you will find work here challenging and rewarding.
IMPORTANT: You may not fulfill court ordered community service hours with MVHFH if you were assigned hours for any offense related to burglary, aggression or violence, sex-related crimes, weapons charges, or crimes involving minors.
Individuals must be at least 14 years old to volunteer in the ReStore, and at least 16 years old to volunteer on the construction site.
Some construction site tasks have an 18+ policy (roof work, some vinyl siding shifts, etc.). The age requirement is specified for each shift. Task restrictions for 16 & 17-year-old volunteers:
Cannot work at heights 6 feet & above (no roof work)
Cannot use power tools
Cannot participate in demolition tasks or crawl space work
No, not at all!
Previous experience never hurts, but it isn’t necessary. We have a construction manager that will provide all of the on-the-job training needed for the day’s tasks. So don’t be shy to ask questions!
Unless you hear otherwise from a Habitat staff member via email (within 24 hours before your scheduled shift), plan to volunteer rain or shine. We can often adjust tasks to accommodate for inclement weather.
We typically have volunteers on the construction site for the full shift. If a full shift can’t be completed, we take those on a case-by-case basis.
We have half-day volunteer options available through our Habitat ReStore. Just let us know in the “additional comments” when responding to volunteer opportunities.
All necessary tools and safety gear will be provided by Mon Valley Habitat. If preferred, you may bring your own. Please label all personal tools with your name. Volunteers are suggested to bring their own work gloves as well.
Water is provided on-site. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a refillable water bottle to reduce waste and ensure proper hydration. Lunch is not provided by Mon Valley Habitat during the volunteer shift. Volunteers can bring a bagged lunch, go off-site during the lunch break or arrange to have food delivered to the site. If you are a scheduled volunteer group on the construction site, we try and arrange a provided lunch; if a provided meal is confirmed, the group’s point of contact will be notified.
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Make sure you are not using a shared email address that may have already been registered by someone else, such as a spouse.
If all else fails, please take a screenshot and send it (along with a description of your problem) to [email protected].
You’ll be representing Habitat for Humanity, so please dress accordingly; wear comfortable, casual clothes that you can work in and don’t mind getting dirty.
- SHOES – Sensible closed toe shoes in good repair with no frays or holes. No flip flops, sandals, wedges, heels, slides or other open toed shoes. Cloth shoes like Toms are discouraged. If you arrive with inappropriate footwear, you will not be permitted to work that day.
- SHIRTS – Shirts should have sleeves. Tank tops, spaghetti strap or shirts displaying drug, alcohol or offensive writing or inappropriate writing are not accepted.
- PANTS – Shorts/pants should be modest. Avoid anything too revealing/tight-fitting, very loose/baggy, ripped.
No sweats, loose-hanging jewelry, anything with offensive/explicit images, slogans or language, or anything that allows your undergarments to show.
- Defiance/refusal to perform requested tasks
- Confrontational behavior toward staff, volunteers, customers or others performing community service
- Leaving site without signing out
- Neglecting or refusing to adhere to clothing requirements
- Talking on cell phone while working
- Hiding out/avoiding doing work
- Foul language/swearing and lewd or explicit conversations
- Using illegal drugs while on site or prior to shift
- Consuming alcohol while on site or prior to shift
- Misrepresentation of reason for community service/criminal charge
- Being charged with a misdemeanor that is not accepted by Habitat for Humanity while serving your mandatory community service hours
You can help a family help themselves
Families and individuals who partner with us build their own home alongside volunteers, pay an affordable mortgage and are grateful for your help.