A Typical Volunteer Experience
Our sites work from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (Tuesdays-Saturdays). Please arrive at your work site at 8:00 am to sign-in and turn in your waiver form. There will be a short safety briefing after all volunteers have signed in. We do not require a formal orientation for volunteers, but do require them to be present for the safety briefing. Please keep your transportation nearby at this time, as you may be asked to work on a home within the surrounding neighborhood.
Following the safety briefing, you will be assigned to a home/project. This home/project may not be within walking distance of the meeting place for the safety briefing, but it will be in the same neighborhood, so please be prepared to possibly drive to a site nearby. We build new homes from the floor system to the roof, as well as work on existing homes that need repairs. Depending on the need at the time, you will be assigned one or more tasks for the day.
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We currently have work sites in Orleans Parish. You will receive the address of your meeting site location at least one week prior to your date, by email. If you have requested a specific worksite, we will do our best to place you at that worksite. However, we have sites in various locations throughout the city that are also in need of volunteers. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
You will be working with a New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity member throughout the day. If you have previous experience with a certain skill and would like to utilize it please inform your supervisor. However, this does not ensure that you will be doing this line of work. Also, please inform your supervisor if you have any physical limitations, safety concerns, or are uncomfortable in any situation. Throughout the day if you have any questions do not hesitate to ask one of the Habitat staff. We recognize many of our volunteers may have little or no construction experience, and we hope to make this a learning experience for everyone.
You are required to wear closed-toed, close-heeled shoes (i.e. no sandals). As a reminder, please remember that your clothes will likely become dirty. The weather fluctuates frequently, so please stay informed of weather conditions. If it is sunny, you may wish to bring sunglasses and sunscreen with you; if it is rainy, you may wish to bring a rain jacket. You may also wish to bring insect repellent. Please ensure that clothing is not too tight or too short.
In case of rain
If the weather forecasts rain for your volunteer date, please continue to report to the worksite in the morning. Often volunteers are assigned to indoor tasks or to assist with protecting buildings and/or tools from the rain. It is very rare that we cancel a work day; however, if this is the case we will do so on the work site that morning.
From 11:30 am to 12:30 pm we will break for lunch. Lunch will not be provided for you. You may bring your own lunch with you, have lunch catered for you, or choose to leave the site and eat lunch nearby.
Please bring a refillable water bottle with you to the worksite. Water coolers are provided. Stay hydrated during the day!
Volunteers are required to find their own transportation to and from the site. Transportation will not be provided for you. Volunteers often rent cars/vans or charter buses. Again, please keep your transportation nearby at this time, as you may be asked to work on a home within the surrounding neighborhood.
Each volunteer must complete a waiver before volunteering. A parent/guardian must sign for minors. Please bring your NOAHH Waiver of Liability to the worksite.
What You’ll Need
- Water bottle
- Closed toe shoes
- Comfortable clothing that can get dirty
- NOAHH Waiver of Liability
- Read the NOAHH Safety Manual
- All volunteers must be 16 and older. For those volunteers who are under 18, we do ask that there is an adult present with them while volunteering.
- For groups with youth under 18, we require a 5:1 ratio of youth to adults
If you have any questions, please feel free to call the NOAHH Volunteer Office at 504-861-4121.
Guides and Information
Download our Resource Guide for Volunteers for more information on where to stay, where to eat, and how to get around New Orleans. You can also download our Restore Expectations and Construction Expectations Guides.
Much of the volunteer information featured on this site can be downloaded in our Group volunteer info guide.