Volunteers Make A Difference With Macomb Habitat
As we work throughout Macomb County to improve our neighborhoods and enable more families to have a stable, safe and affordable place to live, your time and energy is important in making that happen. In most cases, no experience is necessary in the task of the day. You can learn new skills while practicing with our tools and supplies, before you use those skills on your own home or projects. Remember that there are only a finite number of people who can fit into a room or home, so there may be limitations on how many volunteers can work on a given day. Usually we have midweek (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) and Saturday projects, 9 am to 4 pm.
Where we use volunteers
- Homes – Roughly 200 volunteers are needed for a new build and about 125 for a rehab of an existing home as we prepare it for a low-income family to purchase. Our experienced construction personnel can instruct you. We try to list the major tasks expected, but the list changes with weather, progress from other volunteers and from contractors.
- A Brush With Kindness – Mostly exterior repairs to owner occupied homes for seniors, veterans, the disabled or low income families who want to remain in their homes safely. As funds are available we do porch and step repairs, replace windows and doors, install ramps, landscaping and many other efforts.
- ReStores – Both of our ReStores can use volunteers to help organize household goods, load purchases, unload donations and work with customers. Prefer 4 hour shifts or more anytime the stores are open– Tuesday-Friday, 10-6; Saturday 10-5. Pick a day and become a regular!
- Other – Periodic office projects and mailings, welcoming site hosts for volunteer work days, special event help and much more.
What to wear/bring-
Dress for the weather, with comfortable closed-toe shoes. Layers help in Michigan as the temperature changes during the day. Bring your favorite work gloves if you have a pair, favorite hand tools if you want to, and a lunch if you are not part of a group already providing lunch. Sunscreen and a hat. We provide cold water to help you stay hydrated.
Each volunteer needs to have a volunteer waiver refreshed each calendar year. Those under 18 need a parent or guardian’s signature. Here is a link for you to access the waiver to print and bring with you. (Copies are not retained online.)
State and Federal safety regulations limit volunteers to those 14 and over, with limitations for those 14-16 if power tools or ladders are present. Here is a link to our Youth Guidelines.
Got a group?
It is easier if we know ahead of time if you want to mobilize 10-25 volunteers from your church, school or company. Contact Dave Tirsell, Faith and Volunteer Relations Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements for group day. We may ask for a donation for supplies and materials, as we must raise all the funds for projects in Macomb County on our own.