Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana is a rewarding and fun experience, however we recognize that it can be scary to try something new. We promise that our volunteer events are easy, rewarding, and can even be educational. The best way that we can think of to dispel some of the uneasiness, felt by many prospective volunteers, is to explain the whole process. In today’s blog we will give a clear overview of what a new volunteer can expect when they lend Habitat a hand.
Individual Construction Volunteers
To get started, an individual construction volunteer would log onto our website and fill out our individual volunteer sign-up form. After filling out the form, wait for our volunteer coordinator to reach out to you. Once we have enough interested individual volunteers to hold an event we will begin planning and outreach. After the event has been established and planned, our team will welcome you onto a construction site. Each volunteer will have to sign a waiver and check-in with our staff before being allowed to start working. There will also be a short intro before the event begins so that we can introduce Habitat staff and hold a short training if needed. We will take some pictures throughout the event and post them on our website and social media. We will also share the pictures with the volunteers if requested. There is no requirement for how long a volunteer is required to stay. However we do not run our events longer than four hours. No volunteer will ever be asked to do anything that they do not feel comfortable with. All skill levels and expertise are welcome and can make a significant impact in the lives of their neighbors.
If you have a group of volunteers interested in construction, a representative from your group should fill out our group volunteer sign-up form, also located on our website. Our volunteer coordinator will then reach out to your group’s representative to find a date and time that works with your group and our team. After the event has been scheduled, we will send over our volunteer waiver so that you can get them filled out ahead of time. We always bring extras to the event. Although if the waivers are filled out ahead of time, it speeds up the sign-in process. There will also be a short intro before the event begins so that we can hold a short training if needed and so everyone knows which people at the event are Habitat employees. We will take some pictures of the event and use them on our website and social media. We will also share them with the volunteer group representative if requested. No volunteer will ever be asked to do anything that they do not feel comfortable with. All skill levels and expertise are welcome and can make a significant impact in the lives of their neighbors.
ReStore volunteers should also fill out our individual volunteer sign-up form or group volunteer form if interested. For individuals, our ReStore welcomes volunteers on a rolling basis. Meaning you will be contacted much quicker to set up a time for you to volunteer at the store. For groups, please keep in mind that our ReStore can only handle small groups of 5 or less. Ideally, we are looking for volunteers who would be willing to participate at the store regularly, but will never turn away someone willing to lend a hand. ReStore work is gonna be less physically demanding than construction volunteering, but just as meaningful and rewarding. Upon showing up at the store, you will be greeted by a Habitat staff member. They will have you fill out a volunteer waiver and give you a short tour of the store. They will then explain what they would like to have your help with and get you started on the work. ReStore work can be anything from sorting donations, cashiering, or organizing and displaying new products. ReStore volunteering is a great way to get involved with the public and make a difference in our community!
Get involved today! Take a couple of minutes to fill out the appropriate sign-up form that are both linked above. Be sure to check out the rest of our site to read about all of the different ways that you can get involved through monetary donations, vehicle donation, and volunteering. Also, be sure to like us on Facebook to stay up to date on volunteer opportunities and read our other blogs as they come out. Thank you for supporting Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana! We hope to see you volunteering soon!