We build and repair homes almost exclusively with volunteer labor.
Whether you’re a skilled craftsperson or you’ve never picked up a hammer, building with Austin Habitat is a life-changing experience both for you and our homeowners.
Ways to Volunteer
You don’t have to be part of a group or team to volunteer with Austin Habitat. Each individual volunteer plays an essential role in achieving our mission of building homes, communities and hope. Join our team of more than 11,000 volunteers that help us build and repair homes, strengthen and revitalize communities, and support a more sustainable environment. Check out our Volunteer Calendar to choose the project that interests you most, sign a waiver online, and register to volunteer. We can always use another set of hands!
Do you need to complete mandated community service? Mandated volunteer hours can be fulfilled at our ReStore.
Volunteering as a group is a great team-building activity. For groups of 5 or more people, check out our Group Volunteering page to learn more and sign up. See where you can volunteer on our Where We Build page.
Youth Volunteer Opportunities
Austin Habitat is proud to provide opportunities to our future leaders to learn and engage in community-building activities. Due to safety concerns and child labor laws, children under 16 are not allowed on active construction sites, but there are still plenty of ways for them to get involved with Austin Habitat’s mission. Check out our Youth Volunteering page for more information.
Be a Sponsor
Habitat homes are built through the generosity of our donors and volunteers. The building materials are purchased with financial support from corporate, community and faith-based partners. As a sponsor, your team or corporation gets priority in volunteer scheduling. See Corporate Partnerships or Faith Partnerships for more information.
If you are interested in volunteering, Team Habitat Days, or home sponsorships, please complete our Group Volunteer Application.
- Individuals: Please select a date on the Volunteer Calendar that works best for your schedule. Once you sign up for the volunteer opportunity, you’ll be prompted to sign a liability waiver. The waiver must be signed each calendar year.
- Groups (with more than 4 volunteers): Please contact your group leader for your specific volunteer date and location. If you have not yet scheduled a volunteer day, please contact email@example.com to schedule your day.
Yes, you are required to create a user acount on VoluteerHub, read the volunteer orientation, and watch the online safety training.
If you’re working on new construction, please arrive by 7:45 a.m. ReStore volunteers need to arrive by 9 a.m.
Our staff works tirelessly to get families into their homes on time, and ask all volunteers commit a full day, (8 A.M. – 4 P.M.) when volunteering; Shifts and early/late departures break project momentum.
No! Our site leaders and regular volunteers will lead you in construction tasks.
Wear weather appropriate attire and closed-toe shoes. Be prepared to get a little dirty!
Bring along a water bottle. We’ll have water for you but like to reduce waste.
Volunteers must be 18 or older to work on home repair projects. Volunteers 16 or 17 may work on new construction site or at the ReStore, if accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 21. We have plenty of other ways for youth to volunteer. Check out our youth opportunities.
We build rain or shine! If weather conditions are extreme or unsafe, we will update the Volunteer Calendar and a recorded message concerning delays or site closures will be available on our Volunteer Hotline at 512-448-5287 by 7:00 a.m. When possible, group leaders will also be contacted by phone and email. Please note Austin Habitat follows the inclement weather policy of Austin Independent School District during the workweek. Check out our Inclement Weather Policy.
Yes, there are portable toilets out on construction sites.
We are unable to provide coolers.
Lunch is not provided by Austin Habitat. Please bring your own lunch to eat on-site during the 11:30 a.m. lunch break.
Absolutely! We can always use help at the ReStore and are always looking for volunteers to bring lunch out for crews working and Site Hosts who serve as on-site greeters and manage the sign in area on Saturday mornings. For more information about these opportunities, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking instructions are included in the description of each listing in the Volunteer Calendar.
Yes, but only at our ReStore locations.
Please contact our Volunteer Services department either at email@example.com or 512-472-8788 x101.