Ways to Volunteer

COVID-19 Update: After careful consideration, Habitat for Humanity Hamilton has decided to allow new and existing volunteers back to the Hamilton ReStore and our build sites, with new safety training and procedures in place. If you are a new volunteer, click here to learn more about our new safety measures and how you can register. If you are an existing volunteer, please click here to learn more about the changes we’ve made to make your volunteer experience safer in light of covid-19.

Finding the right volunteer opportunity that aligns with your skills, goals, time restraints and passion is important.

Here at Habitat Hamilton, we want you to find a volunteer role that suits your lifestyle.  That’s why we offer several different volunteer positions, suitable for many different skill-sets and interests. Below we’ve listed our current volunteer opportunities, with descriptions and commitment levels, to help you make the right choice. Please note that all roles are subject to availability.

ReStore Retail Associate

Looking to give back without having to step onto a build site? Why not volunteer in our ReStore as a Retail Associate. As part of the ReStore Team, ReStore Retail Associates help to deliver an excellent customer experience for ReStore shoppers.  A ReStore Retail Associate will be tasked with the responsibility of understanding and promoting the mission of Habitat Hamilton and providing friendly customer service to ReStore shoppers. This role includes tasks such as helping customers select merchandise, answering product questions, assisting with loading merchandise and cleaning the store. Retail Associates must be able to (1) stand for long periods of time (up to one hour), (2) lift and load at least 12 kilograms (~26 pounds), and (3) must be able to work both independently and as part of a team. The recommended length of commitment is a minimum of 40 hours over a three month period.

ReStore Product Tester & Assembler

Are you great at fixing and building stuff? Then the ReStore Product Tester & Assembler volunteer position may be perfect for you! Product Tester & Assembler volunteers must understand and promote the mission of Habitat Hamilton as well as ensure that all products are in working order, with proper assembly. They are responsible for ensuring that products sold in the ReStore are in safe and good working order. This includes checking products for all parts and for any damages and determining whether or not an item should be sold or recycled. Product Tester & Assemblers must (1) complete the proper internal training on how to repair and test products safely, (2) safely use power tools, (3) be able to follow product assembly directions, (4) be willing and able to clean products and label products with care, and (5) be comfortable working independently and as part of a team. The recommended length of commitment is a minimum of 40 hours over a three month period. Volunteers must be pre-approved by the ReStore Manager to become Product Tester & Assembler volunteers.

ReStore Driver’s Assistant

Do you like being out on the road, interacting with our local supporters and donors? Then the Driver’s Assistant volunteer role may be exactly what you’re looking for. As part of the ReStore Team, our ReStore Driver’s Assistants will help with donation pick-ups from individual and retail donors. Responsibilities include riding along with the Driver to pick-up donated goods as well as supporting with navigation and loading/unloading product. The Driver’s Assistant is also responsible for providing excellent customer services to all of our donors and supporters. In order to qualify to become a Driver’s Assistant, you must (1) have the ability to safely lift heavy items (up to 24 kilograms or 50 pounds), (2) be able to follow directions and work cooperatively, (3) complete a minimum of 8 hours volunteering in the ReStore in another volunteer role, (4) complete and submit a criminal/police reference check, and (5) be able to work both independently and as part of a team. The ReStore makes pick-ups throughout the weekdays, from Monday to Friday, with volunteer shifts typically scheduled from 9am to 1pm and 1pm to 5pm. The recommended length of commitment is a minimum of 40 hours over a three month period. This role is heavily dependent upon availability.

Salvage Crew Member

Are you the type of person who wants to roll up your sleeves and get working? If so, you may want to consider becoming a Salvage Crew Member. Salvage Crew volunteers are responsible for the safe and professional removal of large domestic of commercial items (i.e. cabinets, counter tops, windows, doors, light fixtures, etc.). Salvage Crew Members must understand and promote the mission of Habitat Hamilton as well as be knowledgeable in determining reusable and resalable items. They are tasked with the responsibility of removing items from homes and commercial spaces, during renovations and demolitions as well as loading such items into the ReStore vehicle. Such volunteers must (1) have the ability to work well in a team setting, (2) be comfortable taking direction from others, (3) possess strong verbal communication skills, (4) possess friendly customer service skills, (5) be able to lift heavy items (up to 24 kilograms or 50 pounds), (6) have ability to safely use tools and equipment, (7) possess ability to carry items up and down stairs safely, (8) have own means of transportation to salvage locations, and (9) be able to outfit oneself with safety shoes, personal protective equipment (PPE) and tools. Previous carpentry experience is a strong asset.

Build Site Volunteer

Do you like working with your hands and making a tangible difference in your community? If so, becoming a volunteer on one of our build sites may be just the (volunteer) job for you! Build Site Volunteers must understand and promote the mission of Habitat Hamilton as well as be knowledgeable in construction. Such volunteers must (1) have the ability to work well in a team setting, (2) be comfortable taking direction from others, (3) be able to lift heavy items (up to 24 kilograms or 50 pounds), (4) have ability to safely use tools and equipment, (5) have own means of transportation to build site locations, and (6) be able to outfit oneself with safety shoes. Previous carpentry experience would be a strong asset for applicants. Build site volunteer opportunities are scheduled on an ad hoc basis, typically on Saturdays, once a month. In the summer months, we typically have more community build day opportunities, when our Youth Build Program is in recess.

Board Member

We rely on strong leadership to drive change and achieve our mission and that’s not possible without our volunteer board of directors. Directors are responsible for representing the interests of Habitat Hamilton as well as providing governance and oversight to the organization. The recommended length of commitment is a minimum of a three year term, volunteering on average 1-5 hours per week. Please contact us today to learn more about becoming a board member.

Office Support Volunteer

Do you have past not-for-profit work experience or a specific skill that may help support the work of Habitat for Humanity Hamilton? Connect with us today to learn more about whether your skill meets our current office or clerical needs.

How to Register to Become a Volunteer:

Visit our “New Volunteer (Register Here)” webpage to begin your journey as a volunteer–registering to our volunteer hub and completing our mandatory training. Once registered, you will have access to upcoming volunteer shifts.

To learn more about group volunteer opportunities, please visit our Build Day webpage or our Global Village webpage, for more information. We also offer group volunteer opportunities in our ReStore, on an ad hoc basis. To learn more about ReStore group build days, please contact our Volunteers Manager at volunteers@habitathamilton.ca or by telephone at 905-560-6707 ext. 102.