Habitat volunteers come from all walks of life, from students to church members, construction workers to lawyers, teachers to office workers. Volunteers are the core of our support and are essential to the mission of Habitat. By working with volunteers of all skill levels we are able to involve the greater community in the process of house construction and to keep the costs of housing as low as possible.
Volunteers are needed in all areas of our organization. No construction skills are needed to become involved. Every level of volunteerism is important to help us maintain the success of our mission.
Besides volunteering with construction, we also need volunteers for other necessary activities, including: Fund Raising, Family Selection, Special Events and Public Relations, Site Acquisition, Church Relations, Newsletter Publishing, Grant Writing and more.
In addition to schools and churches, many business, companies, and corporations get involved by sending work crews to our sites. In other cases, companies such as such as Microfibres of Pawtucket, Nationwide Insurance, Amica Insurance, and Citadel Communications Corporation, have sponsored an entire house. Currently Residential Properties, Ltd is sponsoring the house under construction at 103 Putnam Street and Bank of America is spnsoring the Daboll Street house. Often companies provide materials and/or services pro bono, including Interstate Electric, Smith Boilers, White Fuel, Whirlpool and Larson Doors. Unions have also given their support to Habitat Providence, such as the IBEW (Local 99).
Many colleges and high schools maintain Habitat Chapters. These include: Providence College, Rhode Island College, Brown University, Providence Country Day School, and St. Mary's Bay View Academy together with Bishop Hendricken High School. Other colleges and schools sent work groups: Johnson & Wales University, Bryant College, and Roger Williams University, Moses Brown, Lincoln School and The Wheeler School.
The Jewish Alliance of RI has been coming to sites on the first Sunday of every month and is currently exploring the possibility of undertaking a Habitat House of their own.
How to volunteer:
If you want to come as a group, call the office (at 401-831-5424) to be scheduled for a Saturday. If you want to come by yourself, just show up at the site at 8:30. However, it is always advisable to call the office a day or so in advance.
Dress appropriately for a construction site (work boots or sturdy sneakers, work gloves) and the weather.
All tools are provided on the site. However, you can bring your own if you wish and it is always good to have an extra carpenter's pencil and a tape measure.