At Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity there is a job for everyone! We can use all the help we can get out on construction sites, doing new home construction or rehab on existing homes that includes weatherization and minor repairs (see Critical Home Repair). We also need help on committees (see Family Services info sheets below), with various tasks in the Habitat office, and at the Habitat Renovation Station.
Come join the fun!
There are many other ways to get involved beyond the work sites. Volunteers support the Central Oklahoma Habitat mission in all these areas:
Policies and Guidelines
Before coming out to volunteer on a Central Oklahoma Habitat worksite, please consider and comply with the following for a safe and pleasant day of fun and fellowship!
Volunteer Guidelines for Construction Sites
When you arrive on the job site, it is imperative that you identify the Habitat individual in charge. For a safe work environment to exist, clear lines of communication must be established. Therefore all questions and problems should be directed to the Habitat employee on site.
We all desire to see quick results, but we must also keep in mind that all volunteers do not have equal skills. Everyone must recognize their own limitations and stay within them. The following guidelines will help make the job site safe, orderly and enjoyable.
ATTENTION: Remember, this is a CONSTRUCTION SITE!
Whether you are an individual volunteer or plan on bringing a group of 5 or more volunteers, please contact the Habitat office in advance to register and schedule to work. Groups are expected to work a full day and make provisions for their own lunch.
Please fill out the sign-in sheet.
All volunteers must complete a waiver form.
The waiver can be obtained and returned to the office prior to the work day or it can be obtained from the site superintendent the day you work.
Please remember that the Habitat insurance policy requires all volunteers be 16 years of age or older and groups must have a ratio of one adult per five youth ages 16 and 17.
Wear clothing you won’t mind getting dirty. Check the weather and dress appropriately. If the weather is warm, remember to bring sunscreen and wear a hat to protect your face. If the weather is cool, dress in layers. Regardless of the season of the year or weather forecast, sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required for your safety. You will not be allowed to work on site in sandals or flip flops. Work gloves will be provided if you don’t have your own.
Work of this type can be strenuous, especially if you are unaccustomed to physical labor. Please be sure to pace yourself and take breaks when necessary. Even those who are in shape and used to hard labor take a break as needed.
Drink plenty of liquids while working. We recommend that you bring a container already filled with water, as many of the job sites do not have running water.
If you bring tools with you, make sure they are labeled. Tools left on site become property of Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity for all to use.
Only qualified individuals should operate tools used on site.
Many tools can be quite dangerous if used improperly. If you bring a tool to the work site, be sure that an inexperienced volunteer does not operate it without adequate supervision.
Please clean up before leaving construction site.
Building a house with other volunteers can be very challenging for everyone involved. You will discover new strengths and talents and gain a great deal of satisfaction from the work you have accomplished.
Policy for Youth on Construction Site
Children under the age of sixteen (16) are not permitted at the work site for safety and liability reasons.
Groups of young people from sixteen (16) to eighteen (18) must be supervised by a parent or adult sponsor at all times. One (1) adult per five (5) young people is required. All young people must have a signed permission waiver from their parent or guardian and must have made arrangements through the office for specific work time and job task. If supervision is not adequate, underage volunteers will be required to leave the work site for liability and safety reasons.