Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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FAQs

Thanks for signing up to build for Habitat. We look forward to seeing you on site!  Please see below for important logistical information.  Feel free to contact Garrett Trent, the Volunteer Manager, at any time with questions or concerns.

Office:  (434)-293-9066   |   Mobile: (434)-251-6855   |   volunteer@cvillehabitat.org

What specifically will I be doing?

Our construction schedule varies depending on weather conditions and the unpredictable pace of building with a volunteer labor force.  It’s often difficult to let you know in advance the type of work you’ll be doing.  Whether framing, drywall, painting, siding, finish work, site cleanup or landscaping, every task contributes to getting our Partner Families into simple, decent affordable housing.

Where is the jobsite?

Habitat is building in various locations around Charlottesville. Locations and directions to the job site will be given the week of the volunteer day you have signed up for.

What should I bring to the job site?

All tools and safety equipment will be provided, though you are welcome to bring your own hand tools if you wish (make sure to label clearly!). Water will be provided, but please bring a reusable bottle if you have one.  Don’t forget to pack a lunch!  Habitat can not be responsible for your personal property so leave any valuables at home and consider leaving your cell phone in the car.

What should I wear to the job site?

Closed toe shoes are required! Boots are recommended, but any thick sole shoe will do. Consider leaving your jewelry at home and wearing glasses instead of contact lenses for additional safety. Pull back long hair and choose clothing that is comfortable, but not too loose that it will easily catch on things. Barring extreme weather, we usually work rain or shine, so please bring a waterproof outer layer.  In the summer, we suggest wearing long pants and sleeved shirts to protect from scrapes, scratches, and sunburns.  Insect repellent, sunblock, sunglasses and a hat are also good ideas. In colder weather, be sure to dress in layers, prepared for both indoor and outdoor work.

What should I do when I arrive?

When you arrive, you will be asked to sign in, provide emergency contact information, and make yourself a name tag.  If you haven’t completed it in advance online, you will also be asked to complete a liability waiver.  Once volunteers are signed in, we will give a brief orientation about the project and then introduce you to the construction staff who will break you into groups to accomplish the various tasks scheduled for the day.

What happens if there’s bad weather?

With the exception of severe weather, we usually work rain or shine. Safety is always our first concern. If you are volunteering as part of a group, the Volunteer Manager will be in communication with your group’s point person with updates. Individuals and others in doubt  can always consult our website (www.cvillehabitat.org) or call our office (434-293-9066) for recorded cancellation information, updated at least an hour prior to start time.