Volunteer FAQs

What volunteer opportunities are available with Habitat?

Our most common volunteer opportunity is to help construct a house on a build site. Construction volunteers help with various tasks, including framing, roofing, painting and siding. We are also always looking for volunteers to answer phones in our office and help at our ReStore. For a description all our volunteer roles, see our Volunteer Opportunities page.

Do I need to sign up to volunteer?

Yes, you need to sign up in advance to volunteer. If you are a first-time volunteer, please see our volunteering page for new volunteer information. 


To sign up for a specific build day, you can sign up online:

Sign Up Here!

or contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Lindsey Jarboe, at lindsey.jarboe@habitatmclean.org or 309-827-3931.


Also, check our Event Calendar for event-based volunteer opportunities.

What do I wear?

Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and the task for your volunteer day. Remember, you are working on a construction site, so you will get dirty! Avoid loose, flowing clothing that could catch on construction equipment, and if you have long hair, please tie it up. For your safety, no open-toed shoes are allowed. Sunscreen is also recommended if you are working outside.

What do I bring?

If you have them, bring safety glasses, a hammer, tape measure and gloves. If you do not have these items, don’t worry! They will be provided for you.

What should I expect for a build day?

7:45 AM - Arrive and check-in at build site

8:00 AM - Opening devotion and safety meeting

8:10 AM - Construction begins

10:00 AM - Mandatory break – snacks provided by group

11:30 AM - Begin clean-up of build site

12:00 PM - Building finished for the day

What if I have no previous construction experience?

No previous construction experience is required. A Habitat Project Director will mentor you and teach you everything you need to know for the day's task. 

What if I have previous construction experience?

We are always looking for Project Directors to help lead groups of volunteers. If you are interested in being a Project Director, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Lindsey Jarboe, at Lindsey.Jarboe@habitatmclean.org or 309-827-3931 for more information. 

I don't see my question on this list. Who should I contact for more information?

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Lindsey Jarboe, at lindsey.jarboe@habitatmclean.org or 309-827-3931 for more information.   We look forward to you volunteering with us!