Are you looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity that involves working with a team, being active, learning new skills and requires NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE? Volunteer alongside our experienced construction staff to help us build and repair homes. Full day shifts (8:30-3:30) are available year round, Monday – Saturday. Visit our volunteer calendar to sign-up today!

Do you have a motivated group of friends who want to make a difference? Are you interested in a team-building activity for your employees? We welcome groups year-round on our jobsite, Monday – Saturday. Some opportunities do require sponsorship, while others do not. To inquire about corporate or church sponsorship, please call Beth Russo at 828-407-4487 or email brusso@ashevillehabitat.org. Keep in mind, the calendar can fill up months in advance, so book early! To begin the scheduling process, please email Stephanie or call 828-210-9383.

For additional information about volunteering on the AAHH construction site contact Stephanie Wallace.

Typical Day on the jobsite:

Each day on the jobsite will begin with a safety talk and demonstration on the tasks to be completed that day. The site supervisors want you to feel comfortable asking questions and will work to meet your comfort level.

Depending on the stage of new construction, volunteers can expect to: frame floors and walls, set trusses and raise roof ladders, build porches, install windows and doors, paint and stain, install cabinets, trim and flooring, stucco, landscape.

As a Home Repair volunteer, your tasks may include exterior painting, landscaping, building handicap-accessible ramps, and more.

Construction Schedule

Tuesday – Saturday, 8:30 am-3:30 pm

*Fridays are HALF DAY: 8:30 – noon

8:15–8:25 Registration at the kiosk
8:25–8:30 Orientation & Safety Talk
8:30-10:00 Work
10:00-10:15 Morning Break
10:15-11:30 Work
11:30–12:00 Lunch Break
12:00–1:30 Work
1:30–1:45 Afternoon Break
1:45–3:30 Work
FAQs

I don’t have construction experience. Can I still volunteer?

Absolutely! Construction experience is appreciated but not necessary. We aim to create a learning environment for our volunteers. Every build day will begin with a safety talk and demonstration on the tasks to be completed that day. The site supervisors want you to feel comfortable asking questions and will always tailor the work to meet your comfort level.

What are the requirements to volunteer?

  • Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older and in good physical condition to work on an active construction site.
  • Volunteers are asked to be engaged, energetic and willing to learn. No construction experience is necessary.
  • Volunteers must actively participate in maintaining a safe working environment. Volunteers follow all safety instructions provided by their jobsite supervisor and are required to use all safety equipment provided.
  • Volunteers must sign-in at the beginning of each shift and must complete an annual Liability Waiver.

 What kind of houses do you build?

AAHH builds modest 2, 3, and 4 bedroom houses that range from 800 to 1,400 square feet in size. Houses are “stick built” (not pre-fabricated) and meet or exceed Energy Star Home Certification standards. All new AAHH homes are GreenBuilt NC-certified, reflecting our continued commitment to environmental sustainability and “green building”. All AAHH houses have been designed by local architects.

 Why should I volunteer with Habitat?

The lack of affordable housing in Buncombe County is identified as one of our community’s most serious problems. Buncombe County is estimated to have approximately 2,000 substandard housing units within a total population of just 238,300. Research shows that safe and decent housing is linked to the emotional, physical and social well-being of families. Kids do better in school, adults have the opportunity to increase their earning potential, all family members benefit from a safe and healthy home, and communities are strengthened when their citizens have safe and decent shelter. Your contribution of volunteer labor helps us keep our homes and services affordable for the community.

You will learn new skills on the jobsite, engage with your community, meet new people and experience a sense of accomplishment.

 How old do I have to be?

Volunteers on the construction site must be 16 years of age or older- no exceptions. Minors are required to have a MINOR WAIVER signed by their parent or guardian before volunteering with us.

 Is orientation required?

Orientation is suggested, but not required to work on our jobsite. Click here to see our orientation calendar.

What should I bring? What should I wear?

You should bring a bag lunch and snacks. Water and coffee are provided, but please bring your own drinking containers to help us reduce waste. All tools and safety equipment are provided.

Wear work and weather appropriate clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty. Closed toe shoes are required. A hat, sunscreen, and gloves are suggested.

 I can’t work a full day. Are half-day shifts available?

Yes, half-day shifts are available on Fridays only, 8:30 – noon.

I have court ordered community service. Can I volunteer with Habitat?

Yes, however court ordered volunteers are required to meet with a volunteer coordinator BEFORE beginning work with us. Please contact Carrie to schedule a brief appointment and volunteer orientation.

I’m interested in volunteering on a regular basis. How do I become a CORE volunteer?

Core volunteers keep our program running year-round. These volunteers make an on-going weekly or bi-weekly commitment to AAHH. Once committed, CORE volunteers are expected at the jobsite on their scheduled day. Advance notice of travel, cancellation or change in your schedule is appreciated.

Requirements:

  • Core volunteers are asked to be engaged, energetic and willing to learn. No construction experience is necessary.
  • Core volunteers must actively participate in maintaining a safe working environment. Core volunteers follow all safety instructions provided by the jobsite supervisor and are required to use all safety equipment provided. Core volunteers are familiar with the AAHH Safety Plan and consistently demonstrate best practices for new volunteers.
  • Core volunteers are familiar with the mission, vision and goals of AAHH. They are active ambassadors to help us welcome and recruit new volunteers.
  • Core volunteers sign-in at the beginning of each shift and must complete an annual Liability Waiver.

Additional questions that weren’t covered here? Contact Stephanie Wallace.

Jobsite Safety

Safety is our top priority and more important than the speed of production. Since Habitat work crews normally have a high proportion of inexperienced people, everyone must pay particular attention to safety. Be conscious of the safety of others, as well as yourself. Do not go ahead with a task if you are uncertain how it is done, unable to do it, or uncomfortable from a safety standpoint. Safety is based on knowledge, skill, and an attitude of care and concern. Supervisors will instruct each worker about the correct and proper procedure for performing each task in a safe manner.

Please familiarize yourself with our complete Construction Safety Policy before your scheduled build day.

Volunteers are required to use all safety equipment provided and report any injuries to the jobsite supervisor.

Volunteers are also encouraged to complete an online safety training course provided by Locton Affinity: VOLUNTEERING ON A HABITAT FOR HUMANITY JOBSITE. At the end of the course, you’ll receive a certificate of completion. Bring this to the Habitat jobsite for a FREE T-SHIRT!

Forms and Waivers
Weather Closures

Work typically continues despite rain or snow. In case of severe conditions, you may call 828.210.9367 after 7am, for a recorded message to see if the jobsite will be closed.

This is hard work, but remember to smile and laugh. You are not only changing people’s lives, but this will change yours.

– Audrey K., Construction Volunteer

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