When You Arrive

When you arrive on our build site, you’ll be greeted by the Site Host who will have you do the following things:

  • Sign in as a volunteer to log your hours.
  • Sign a waiver if you haven’t done so with us in the last year. You can sign the Release and Waiver Form prior to coming on site if you like.
  • Go through the day’s safety procedures and outfit yourself in the necessary safety gear.

Parking at Build Sites

We kindly ask that you do not park in front of mailboxes and that you spread your vehicles out along the road so neighbors still have some street parking available. Thanks for helping us be good neighbors!

Age Requirements to Volunteer

The official rules from Habitat for Humanity International for youth under the age of 18 are:

  • Children under 14 are not allowed on the build site regardless of tasks being conducted.
  • Youth ages 14-16 can do landscaping and other non-construction activities (MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT)
  • 17-year-olds can do tasks that don’t involve power tools, climbing ladders, scaffolding, etc. (MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT)

Please check the tasks of the day before bringing people 14-17 to the build site. Or, get involved in a number of other ways if you are too young to build! Other needs on the build site are:

  • Prepare and bring a meal to bring to the volunteers on the build site.
  • Prepare and bring snacks for morning or afternoon – you can make some cookies or bars to bring out to the site (or make a bunch and we’ll freeze them to use in the future).
  • Have a fundraiser at your school or church for Habitat. Be as creative as you want: offer to babysit and have the pay go to Habitat, offer to rake leaves of a neighbor and have the pay go to Habitat, have a bake sale, collect coins at your church and you can pick out an item for the house to buy, or come up with something us completely.

Our Volunteers

We have incredible volunteers – some of whom are on the build site every day. We call those volunteers our Go To Crew. To all our volunteers, whether a Go To Crew member or a one-time volunteer – thank you so much! We couldn’t fulfill our mission without you.

Need Some Info to Get Started?

Check out our toolbox for individuals and groups for ways to get started with volunteering and supporting Habitat for Humanity.

Mileage Reimbursement for Volunteers

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Are you over 55? If so you can be reimbursed for your travel to and from a volunteer activity through the Catholic Charities RSVP program. Print a Common Good RSVP Volunteer Enrollment Form and return it to the address on the form. When you sign in at a volunteer sign, make sure you also record your mileage and sign the RSVP form. Unsigned hours will not be reimbursed.

Any questions can be directed to Michaal Maas with Catholic Charities at mmaas@ccwinona.org.

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