volunteers are
our hearts, hands, and voices

Volunteers are our backbone. Without your hands and feet, homes across Craven County would go unbuilt. Consider giving us a few hours of your time, whether on construction/repair sites or in the ReStore to help change the lives of local families forever. Volunteers help us to fulfill our mission of putting God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. In 2022, 441 individual volunteers donated roughly 8,800 hours to help keep homes affordable in Craven County. By volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Craven County, you will be supporting our mission, learning new skills, meeting and networking with new people, all while building up our community.

New Construction

Construction volunteers work alongside our construction team, Partner Families and other volunteers building new homes.

The day starts with the site supervisor conducting a “Toolbox Talk” to explain safety procedures and the days tasks.  Depending on the stage of new construction, volunteers can expect to: frame floors and walls, set roof trusses, install siding, build porches, install windows and doors, paint, install cabinets, trim and flooring, landscape and more.

  • Youth Involvement

    We appreciate all of our volunteers and do our best to make sure everyone has a fantastic build day. Part of having a great build day is safety. Due to the hazards of construction work, there are some limitations on what volunteers under 18 may do.

  • Ages 16-17

    Minors 16–17 are allowed to participate in construction work, but are prohibited from using power tools; being on ladders, scaffolding, or walk boards more than 4’ higher than surrounding area; being on platforms or decks without hand or guard rails when more than 4’ above surrounding area; and being on a roof or participating in roofing. Minors participating on a build site must have adult supervision. All minors must complete a liability waiver and have it signed by their parent or guardian.

Shifts available:
Tuesday - Friday: 8:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Saturday: 
8:00am - 12:00pm

Home Repairs

Our program focuses on home repairs, weatherization, Aging in Place, and A Brush With Kindness. We focus on helping veterans, people with disabilities, and the elderly.

Projects range from kitchen and bathroom remodels to building ramps, painting, and replacing flooring.

You will enjoy the opportunity of working side by side with residents and other volunteers as we improve our community.

Shifts are available:
Monday-Thursday: 8:30am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Friday: 8:30am - 12:00pm

ReStore

Volunteers will help to create a clean and organized atmosphere for customers and a friendly and efficient donation drop off experience for donors. The profits from the sale of items at the ReStore go directly back into the construction and repair of homes in our community.

Tasks include but are not limited to assisting customers, loading and unloading merchandise and donations, working the donation hotline, and helping to maintain a clean and attractive store.

Shifts are available:
Tuesday: 10:000am - 1:00pm and 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Wednesday-Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm and 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Office Support

Office volunteers will work directly with our administrative team, assisting with various office tasks needed to support the affiliate. Volunteers may also work with committee members to assist with correspondence, research, event planning, and other tasks as needed.

Office volunteer responsibilities may include answering telephones and taking messages, greeting visitors in the main reception area, scanning and filing documents, data entry, creating and updating spreadsheets and other documents, assembling informational packets, and more!

Office volunteers gain or improve office skills in areas of both verbal and written communications, computer programs and data bases, customer/homeowner services and independent project research.

Shifts are available:
Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Committees

Habitat for Humanity of Craven County board and committee members are a vital part of our affiliate, working directly with staff and other volunteers to help further our mission. Each committee sets its own schedule, based on the tasks it is working to complete. Volunteers are asked to make at least a 12-month commitment when signing on to a committee, though exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

There may be positions available to serve on one or more of the following:

  • Board of Directors
  • Construction
  • Development and Fundraising
  • Faith Relations
  • ReStore
  • Homeowner Selection
  • Homeowner Support

4 steps to complete before volunteering:

1. COMPLETE VOLUNTEER APPLICATION AND WAIVER

  • Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older to work on the build site, and must be at least 18 years of age to use power tools and to participate in roof work. Minors must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.
  • Volunteer Application

2. WATCH SAFETY VIDEO

3. SIGN UP FOR VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION

  • View the upcoming orientation schedule and register to attend below. The volunteer orientation will provide you with an understanding of our different programs, information on how to get started, and a chance to ask questions. The hour long orientation is required for all new volunteers and is offered multiple times throughout the month.
  • Register for your volunteer orientation here:
    Volunteer Calendar

4. SIGN UP FOR VOLUNTEER ACTIVITY

community service

Habitat for Humanity of Craven County is a registered Court Ordered Service Agency. Volunteers interested in serving their court-ordered service hours with Habitat Craven County must be referred by the Community Service Work Program (CWSP) located at 403 George Street, New Bern (252-772-9496). This office will forward the necessary paperwork for each individual assigned to our affiliate.

Hours worked are tracked and reported by the Volunteer Coordinator each Monday.  Letters of completion are not needed for individuals coming through the CWSP.

Community Service Application

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