Volunteers are the heart, soul and muscle behind Habitat's efforts. Our volunteers are strong, determined, dedicated — not afraid to dig in, get dirty and lift others up. Manitowoc County Habitat for Humanity has a constant need for volunteers in many areas and for many tasks. Our volunteer hours are very flexible and we can often work around you and your schedule.
Whether you can swing a mean hammer, cook great food, or like to work with customers in a retail environment, we have plenty of ways for you to extend a hand up to local families so they can build a better future through a safe, decent home of their own. Do you have time to give of yourself and your talents? We need you. Volunteer today.
Manitowoc County Habitat is currently looking for a Volunteer Coordinator. Are you an organized, enthusiastic leader and communicator willing to donate your time to work with existing and new volunteers? Hours are very flexible. Learn more about our Volunteer Coordinator position.
Volunteers must contact the Habitat office to register for a volunteer opportunity. Only those individuals who have signed up for an opportunity will be able to participate.
Volunteers should dress appropriately for the task. Individuals volunteering on the build site should expect to be working outside and should expect to get dirty. No open-toed shoes are allowed on the build site.
Volunteers should arrive on time for their scheduled build day or volunteer opportunity.
Safety is of the upmost importance on the build site. Volunteers should follow the directions of the site leader, construction coordinator or supervisor at all times.
Individuals must not be under the influence of alcohol or any illicit drugs while participating in volunteer opportunities.
How do I become a Habitat volunteer?
The very first step is to submit a Volunteer Application. Then get in touch with us and find out what volunteer opportunities are currently available.
What do I bring to a construction site?
If you have them, bring safety glasses, a hammer, tape measure and gloves. If you do not have these items, they will be provided for you. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and the task for your volunteer day. Considers wearing layers that can be added or removed. Sunscreen is also recommended if you are working outside. Remember, if you are working on a construction site or at the ReSale Center you may get dirty.
How old do I need to be to volunteer?
Volunteers over the age of 13 are welcome, although there are some restrictions as to the tasks you will be allowed to perform. Adult supervision will be necessary and a parent/legal guardian will need to sign your volunteer paperwork.
What if I have no previous construction experience?
No previous construction experience is required. Volunteers are divided up into teams with a Crew Leader. The Crew Leader will mentor you and teach you everything you need to know.
What if I have previous construction experience?
We are always looking for Crew Leaders to help lead groups of volunteers. If you are interested in being a Crew Leader, please contact us for more details.
Our work would not be possible without the work of you, our dedicated volunteers. Because of your invaluable contributions, we're eager to say a big, heartfelt:
"Thank you volunteers!"
Your hard work, sweat and sacrifice has gone toward building the foundation of someone else's life. There is no end to our appreciation — you are all amazing.
"After working side by side with future Habitat homeowners — seeing the sweat on their brows, the hope in their eyes and the gratitude in their souls — I've learned that I'm the one who is on the receiving end of things more than anyone else."
— Habitat volunteer Rolf Waller
"Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless."
— Sherry Anderson