Volunteer as a Group

Sussex County Habitat invites businesses, community organizations, schools, and church groups to work with us to achieve our mission of building homes, communities and hope. Group builds, whether for a day or a week, provide a fun and engaging shared experience that benefits your team well beyond the build site. Here are answers to the most common questions about building with your group.

How do I get started?
Contact our Programs Director at barbara@sussexcountyhabitat.org  or (302)-855-1153 x211 with information about your group's size, availability, and needs.

How many people can we bring?
Typically, our build sites can support up to 15 volunteers at a time.  With enough advance notice, we can accommodate larger groups. A final head count is required several weeks prior to your build.

Is there a required donation?
Groups may volunteer without a financial donation, although donations are welcomed and appreciated. The average Habitat home costs $150,000 to build. Individual and group contributions are a critical source of funding that helps supply materials and supervision for your team’s build. A typical donation would be $25 per build day for each volunteer.

On what days can our group build?
Our normal construction days are Wednesday through Saturday.  We can accommodate groups wanting to volunteer for other days.
 
How far in advance do we have to schedule our group?
Construction is our most popular volunteer activity, so the calendar can fill quickly, especially Saturdays. Groups interested in single-day projects should contact us at least four weeks in advance. Groups interested in multiple-day projects should provide two months’ notice to help us get you on the calendar and prepare for the team. Please be flexible with your dates and provide more than one option that may work for the group.

 
How old do I have to be to volunteer on a construction site?
Construction volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. Volunteers under 18 must have a paper registration/waiver release form completed by a parent or legal guardian. It is our policy that one adult chaperone is required for every minor on the site.

How can groups of younger children support the mission of Habitat for Humanity?
Elementary and middle school-aged children can contribute by hosting events that raise awareness for affordable housing, or by raising monies for home construction and neighborhood revitalization. Youth groups can also help by providing lunch for volunteers on the worksite.

 

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