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Do you have questions about volunteering with Habitat? Take a look at some of the questions others have had when considering volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Missoula.

How old do I have to be (or can I be) to volunteer?

Volunteers must be 16 years old or older. Volunteers under the age of 18 must bring a Minor Release Form signed by a parent, with them to the construction site on their scheduled build day. Minor volunteers may not operate power tools or work at heights above six feet.

When can I volunteer for construction?

The construction sites are open Tuesday through Saturday, from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm and we ask that volunteers commit a full work day. It is important to arrive on time so that you do not miss sign-in, safety instruction, and work crew assignments.

What if I’ve never done any construction before?

All skill levels are welcome. We assume no skills or prior construction experience, and the construction staff will provide plenty of instruction and supervision throughout the day.

What kind of work will we do?

All sorts of work takes place on a Habitat construction site. Please be prepared to assist in whatever the days tasks may be and remember that every job helps to build homes! If you have special skills don’t be shy! Let construction staff know upon your arrival in case you can be of unique 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 to expect on site:

•  We do not discriminate on basis of race, creed, ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.

•  The day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.

•  Be conscious of the safety of others and yourself.

•  Do not continue working on a task that you are unable to do or feel uncertain about.

•  If you have any questions please ask.

•  Hard hats are to be worn when any overhead tasks are being performed.

•  Volunteers must wear protective glasses anytime he or she is operating power tools or nearby an operating power tool.

•  We work year-round and work outside in the rain. We only cancel work when there is dangerous weather.

What to wear:

•  Closed-toe shoes or boots. Tennis shoes are most common on the work site. You will not be allowed to volunteer on site if you wear sandals or flip flops.

•  Comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on or getting dirty. Light clothing is recommended for the hot weather. Layering clothing is recommended for cold weather. Please wear rain pants and jacket when working in the rain.

•  Water bottle/Sunscreen both are always available on the job site but you are welcome to bring your own

•  Lunch and snacks (unless provided by your volunteer group)

•  You may bring personal hand tools if you prefer however, we have plenty of hand tools, work gloves and safety glasses.

•  We ask that you do not bring valuables, including wearing of jewelry, to our worksites.

•  Personal power tools are not allowed on our worksites.

•  There is no smoking, drugs, or alcohol allowed on our worksites.

•  All volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years old. All youth must have a Minor Release Form completed and signed by a parent or guardian prior to volunteering on site.

What to bring:

•  Water bottle/Sunscreen both are always available on the job site but you are welcome to bring your own

•  Lunch and snacks (unless provided by your volunteer group)

•  You may bring personal hand tools if you prefer however, we have plenty of hand tools, work gloves and safety glasses.

Rules and Recommendations

•  We ask that you do not bring valuables, including wearing of jewelry, to our worksites.

•  Personal power tools are not allowed on our worksites.

•  There is no smoking, drugs, or alcohol allowed on our worksites.

•  All volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years old. All youth must have a Minor Release Form completed and signed by a parent or guardian prior to volunteering on site.

What if I need verification for my service hours?

We are happy to provide a signed letter on our letterhead documenting your volunteer hours. Please request a letter for your total hours, after your last volunteer day is complete, by emailing frankie@habitatmsla.org. Allow two weeks from your request to receive your letter in the mail. We cannot guarantee that we can provide your letter earlier, so please plan accordingly.

How do I sign up to volunteer?

Volunteers must schedule their build days in advance. Because it’s important to us that all our volunteers have a productive and rewarding experience, we only recruit the number of volunteers that we can safely and comfortably accommodate on each day. Call the office at 406-549-8210 to schedule. Go Back