HELP US BY VOLUNTEERING IN THE RESTORE OR ON A CONSTRUCTION SITE
Since our founding in 1981, thousands of individual and group volunteers have been fundamental to Habitat STW's impact in the community. Habitat STW welcomes everyone, with or without experience, to volunteer on their construction sites and in the ReStore. Habitat STW volunteers also serve on committees, engage in community awareness, and help in numerous other ways behind the scenes.
Remember, whether you volunteer once a week, once a month, or once in a while you're truly making a difference in our community and the lives of our Home Buyers.
Ready to volunteer? Click the links below for more information on the many ways to become involved.
Building a Habitat STW home is a tangible expression of your desire for everyone to live a stable and healthy life. No experience is necessary to be a part of our team, just a belief in our mission, a positive attitude, and a willingness to learn.
By working alongside current and future Habitat homeowners, other volunteers like yourself, and Habitat STW Site Supervisors, you'll see that your effort and experience can create a change that will be seen for generations to come.
Depending on the stage of constructions volunteers can expect to:
frame floors and walls
install windows and doors
complete insulation preparation
paint and finish interiors
A few things to keep in mind:
Our construction sites are open to volunteers Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
All construction site volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. (Under age 18 must be accompanied by a supervising adult).
We welcome all volunteers, regardless of skill level. Our volunteer opportunities only require a willingness to learn and work with others!
Check out our Volunteer Resource page for more information such as our Volunteer Handbook, What to Expect on a Habitat STW Construction site and our Volunteer Code of Conduct.
Ready to sign up?
If you would like information about group volunteering or simply have questions please contact our Construction Volunteer Coordinator Katie Melucci via email or at 985-893-3172 ext. 222.
The Habitat STW ReStore depends on enthusiastic volunteers for everything from helping customers to arranging merchandise. Whether you enjoy interacting with the public or prefer tinkering behind the scenes, chances are that we have a volunteer opportunity for you. We also offer group volunteer opportunities if you want to do a little team building while doing good!
Activities ReStore volunteers assist with may include, but are not limited to:
Sort and clean donations
Set up displays
Receiving donations (unloading and loading donated materials)
A few things to keep in mind:
Our ReStore is open to volunteers Tuesday - Saturday.
All ReStore volunteers must be at least 14 years of age.
Check out our Volunteer Resource page for more information such as our Volunteer Handbook, What to Expect at the Habitat STW ReStore and our Volunteer Code of Conduct.
Ready to sign up?
Corporate and Community Group Volunteers
Volunteering with Habitat STW is a unique and rewarding team-building opportunity. Your partnership with Habitat STW demonstrates your organizations values in a practical and meaningful way for your employees or members and the community. As a group, you’ll learn practical skills and have the chance to actively communicate in a hands-on project. All while working towards a common goal and a sense of group accomplishment.
If your team is on the construction site or in the ReStore, volunteering with Habitat STW is about more than building a home, it’s about building community.
To learn more about group volunteering please contact please contact Katie Melucci via email or at 985-893-3172 ext. 222.
Faith Build Volunteers
Faith based volunteers have been a cornerstone of Habitat STW's volunteer force since its founding in 1981. Habitat is an ecumenical Christian organization with a mission centered around putting God's love into action.
Habitat STW's mission is seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Help us spread God's love through serving others!
Faith Build Volunteer Days with Habitat STW provide a unique, fun and rewarding experience for any faith group. There are volunteer opportunities on our construction site and in our ReStore. No previous skills are needed for either opportunity. Habitat STW will provide the tools and training needed for success.
Please contact Katie Melucci via email or at 985-893-3172 ext. 222 with any questions.
OUT OF TOWN VOLUNTEERS
Habitat STW welcomes Habitat Volunteers from all over the United States! Volunteers are able to work with our affiliate independently or through programs such as RV Care-A-Vanners, and Collegiate Challenge. To make the most out of your visit to Louisiana we can help you plan fun, cultural activities to do offsite. If you would like information about planning a volunteer trip, please contact Katie Melucci at 985-893-3172 ext. 222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This volunteer program invites anyone who travels by recreational vehicle to make Habitat STW part of your journey, or even your destination. Care-A-Vanners are a large part of Habitat STW's volunteer construction force and the affiliate loves having them. Care-A-Vanners traditionally sign up for a two week volunteer period in which they are joined by 2 to 4 other rigs. The Care-A-Van crews spend their days in volunteer service while their evenings are typically full of socializing and taking advantage of the wonderful restaurants and activities Southeastern Louisiana has to offer.
The program is managed through Habitat International, to learn more please visit their page here. If you have questions about our local affiliate please reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator, Katie Melucci.
Collegiate Challenge(Temporarily suspended)
Volunteer at Habitat STW through HFHI's alternative break program. This unique one-week volunteer opportunity is offered at Habitat STW in the winter and spring. The days will be filled with volunteer service on the construction site or in the ReStore (your choice), while evenings are free to take advantage of everything Southeastern Louisiana has to offer. Habitat STW can assist is scheduling swamp tours and sunset canoe trips, while sharing wonderful restaurant and attraction suggestions. If possible we may even have a crawfish boil on site!
During a Collegiate Challenge stay, lodging will be provided at a mission center. The group will have hot showers, bunks and bedding, and three meals a day. If you have any questions about spending your school break with Habitat STW please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Katie Melucci. To learn more about Collegiate Challenge and to begin the registration process click here.
HAMMER FREE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
In addition to home construction for volunteers age 16 and up, and retail work in the ReStore for ages 14 and up, Habitat STW believes that the youth of our community are a key element to the future fulfillment of our mission. With this in mind we have compiled some creative activities to engage and educate youth in our community. Please visit our Volunteer Resource page for details.
Bring lunch/snacks to a volunteer group! A group or individual may prepare lunch/snack and bring it out to the construction site or to the ReStore. This can be an entire meal, snacks, drinks, baked goods or popsicles just to name a few. When delivery is made the group or individual would get to interact with volunteers and if on the construction site would be able to see a home under construction. These opportunities are available to schedule year ground. To participate please contact Katie Melucci at email@example.com.
At Habitat STW we have volunteers that serve on committees, help with special events, make housewarming gifts and more. If you have an idea about how you can serve Habitat STW please contact us!
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
Construction: You must be at least 16 to work on the construction site (under age 18 must be accompanied by a supervising adult).
ReStore: You must be at least 14 to work in the ReStore.
Too young to volunteer? Get ideas for various youth projects on our Volunteer Resource page.
Do I have to register with Habitat STW prior to volunteering , how can I do this?
Yes, we ask that all volunteers register prior to volunteering in the ReStore and on the construction site. This helps our staff plan the day's work!
To register as a construction volunteer click here.
To register as a ReStore volunteer click here.
If you would like to register a group to volunteer please contact Katie Melucci.
Do I have to have previous experience?
No, our skilled construction crew and ReStore employees will work alongside you, guiding you through the day's tasks. We only ask that volunteers be open to learning new skills!
Whom should I look for when I arrive on site?
Construction: Please check in with any member of our construction staff when you arrive. Our staff should be wearing an orange Habitat STW t-shirt.
ReStore: Please check in under the Volunteers Welcome site in the front of the store. You can ask any of the staff for assistance, your main contact will be Sarah Ertz or Peggy Roberts.
Is water provided on site?
Yes, we have jugs of water on site and in the ReStore. We ask that you bring a water bottle that can be filled.
Construction: We no longer use a common source of drinking water. Please bring your own reusable bottle full of water and some back up. We will have bottles of water on site if needed.
ReStore: Yes! We have jugs on water in our ReStore. We ask that you bring a water bottle that can be refilled.
Do I have to be on the construction site at 8:30 am?
Yes! Our construction sites open at 8:30. All volunteers must be there ready to go at that time because the day starts with a mandatory safety orientation and assignment of jobs.
What is the address of my volunteer site?
Construction: When you sign up for your volunteer day, you may not be given as exact address. Don't worry! You will be emailed a site address two days before your scheduled volunteer day.
ReStore: You will always be volunteering at 1400 North Lane, Mandeville LA 70471. The ReStore is located on Highway 59 behind the Prieto Fire Station.
What should I wear?
Closed-toe tennis shoes or boots are required. Clothes you don't mind getting dirty are strongly encouraged. Long pants are suggested for safety. Please avoid wearing jewelry, because it can easily get damaged or lost. When working on our construction site please take weather into consideration as you will be working outside!
What should I bring?
Whether you are volunteering in the ReStore or on the construction site please bring a water bottle. All tools and personal protective equipment are supplied. If you wish to bring your own tools or PPE please be sure to label everything. If you are volunteering all day remember to bring lunch and a snack with you.
Do I have to volunteer all day?
Construction: When you are volunteering on the construction site it is preferred for you to volunteer all day, from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm. We do offer a morning shift from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm. All volunteers need to be on site to start the day at 8:30 am. If you have to leave at a time other than 3:00 pm we ask that you let your construction supervisor know in the morning.
ReStore: Volunteer shifts at the ReStore are very flexible and can be scheduled ahead of time to fit your schedule. We prefer that all ReStore volunteers are with us for a four hour shift.
What if I still have questions?
Construction: Please contact Katie Melucci with any questions at 985-893-3172 ext. 222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ReStore: Please contact Sarah Ertz with any questions at 985-893-3172 ext. 221 or email@example.com.