Safety and Training

Safety is our top priority for all Our Towns Habitat Volunteers, and we need your commitment to work safely—for your own safety and the safety of those around you. At the beginning of each build day, construction site supervisors will review all safety rules with you, but we also encourage you to review the information on this page prior to volunteering, to help you come to the site prepare to be safe.

What to wear:

  • Closed-toed shoes (tennis shoes, work boots, etc.) No flip-flops, sandals or slippers.
  • Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing (which may get dirty or covered in paint – be prepared in case your clothing is permanently damaged on site).
  • Optional: a hat and/or sunglasses.

What to bring:

  • A completed and signed waiver of liability. All minors must have their waivers signed by a parent or guardian.
  • A refillable water bottle.
  • Sunscreen.

Habitat will provide:

  • All tools and supplies – including work gloves, hard hats and safety glasses. If you bring any of your own tools or equipment, please label them with your name.
  • Snacks for the mid-morning break at 10 a.m.
  • A water cooler.
  • A first aid kit in case of emergency.

Consider reviewing our Construction Task Descriptions to get a better idea of the work you will be doing at your build.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age to volunteer in construction, and at least 18 to climb ladders or operate power tools. Please see our Age Requirements for further details.

Please take some time to watch these brief safety orientation videos before joining us to build.

Inclement weather policy:

Construction volunteers should show up rain or shine once they have committed to a particular day. Rarely, poor weather or unforeseen delays will interrupt our schedule or a particular task.  We will make every effort to reach volunteers ahead of time to notify them if their task assignment has changed.

Cancellations or delays will also be posted on our VolunteerUp! calendar. Please contact Volunteer Program Manager Cathy Petriano for more information.