- Click the “Volunteer Now” button above. This will take you to the volunteer registration/log-in. Once registered you’ll be able to see our up-to-date volunteer calendar and reserve your spot. Details of the workday such as location, time and what to bring are on the sign-up page.
- Print the Liability Waiver. Fill it out and bring it with you to the workday (Minors must have a parent/legal guardian co-sign the Liability Waiver).
Want to bring a group? Contact the Volunteer Coordinator by email: email@example.com or by phone: 941-748-9100 ext 104. Be sure to include what group you’re with, group size, what project your group is interested in, and possible dates.
A Brush With Kindness
Help without Hammering
Habitat ReStore on Cortez & Habitat ReStore on Hardin
Committees & Special Projects
How do I sign up to volunteer?
It’s important to us that all our volunteers have a productive and rewarding experience, so we only recruit the number of volunteers that we can safely and effectively supervise on each day. For that reason, volunteers must schedule their workdays in advance. Individual volunteers may sign-up for workdays through our online volunteer scheduling calendar (VolunteerUP). If you are interested in coordinating a group workday, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 941-748-9100 ext 104
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
For safety and insurance reasons, volunteers must be at least 16 years old to work on an active construction site. Minor volunteers may not operate power tools or work at heights above six feet. Opportunities for minors between the ages of 14-15 may include certain Brush with Kindness projects or other non-construction activities such as landscaping, painting or assisting at the ReStore or in the office. All minor volunteers must have a parent or legal guardian co-sign their Liability Waiver.
Where are the current Manatee County worksites located?
Our current construction site, Hope Landing, is located in Ellenton. The Brush With Kindness projects occur at a variety of locations throughout Manatee County, including Bradenton, Palmetto, Ellenton and more. Addresses and directions can be found on our online volunteer scheduling calendar, and you will also receive a confirmation email with this information upon signing up.
On what days, and at what times, are the worksites open?
Typically, our construction workdays are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8:00am to 12:00pm. On occasion, we will temporarily operate on a different schedule to accommodate the construction needs. The workdays listed on our online volunteer calendar will always reflect the most current schedule. Office and ReStore opportunities are available Monday through Saturday and are generally available all day.
What do I bring with me when I volunteer?
If this is your first time, make sure to bring a completed Liability Waiver. Wear closed-toed shoes and weather-appropriate clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. We will provide tools, safety gear, hand sanitizer and light refreshments for break. We provide jugs of tap water; please bring a refillable water bottle to help us reduce waste from paper cups.
What do I do when I arrive at the work site?
First, find the sign-in sheet and sign in. If it is your first time, turn in Liability Waiver before the workday begins. We will begin the workday with a brief safety orientation and task overview. Mid-shift, we’ll have a short break with light refreshments. About 30 minutes prior to the end of the workday, we’ll begin clean-up. Please stay to assist until the worksite is clean and all tools and materials have been put away.
What type of construction work will we do?
This will depend on the stage of the current build, but throughout the process, all sorts of work will take place. Please be prepared to assist in whatever the day’s tasks may be and remember that every job helps to build homes. Tasks may include preparing foundations; framing walls; installing roofing, windows, doors, and exterior siding; painting interior walls and exterior siding; installing interior trim, hardware, fixtures, cabinets, and countertops; and cleaning and organizing the construction sites. If you have special skills, don’t hesitate to let crew leaders know upon your arrival in case you can be of special assistance. While tasks often include using power tools or working at heights, volunteers will not be expected to do any task that make them uncomfortable.
What if I have no construction experience?
We welcome volunteers of all experience levels. Crew leaders will be on-site to provide instruction and supervision throughout the day. This is a great way to learn a new skill!
What if it rains?
For safety reasons, we may close the project sites in the event of inclement weather. We will notify volunteers by email who have scheduled their workday on VolunteerUP.