What to KnowVolunteering 101

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We have everything you need to know listed below for on- and off-site volunteering. And if you have questions not covered here, just call or email us and we’ll be happy to answer them.


Construction Volunteers

Volunteers perform a variety of construction tasks such as house wrap, window install, caulking, vinyl siding, painting, landscaping, laying sod, and lot clean up. To volunteer on a construction site, please follow the instructions below to sign up online. We welcome individuals 16 years old and older. All volunteers must register and schedule online prior to volunteering.

What to Wear

Closed-toe tennis shoes or boots are required. Clothes you don’t mind getting dirty are strongly encouraged. Light-colored, cotton clothing and a hat are recommended for the summer (shorts are okay). Layered clothing is recommended for the winter. Jewelry is not allowed because it can get damaged or lost very easily.

What to Bring

HabiJax will provide all tools needed for the day’s tasks. A reusable water bottle is suggested.

Other Information

  • No drugs or alcohol at a work site.
  • Volunteers under 18 years of age MUST bring a waiver of liability that has been signed by their parent/guardian with them to the morning registration.
  • Volunteers are asked to not park in front of anyone’s driveway or mailbox.
  • There will be a one-hour lunch break from 11:30 a.m  to 12:30 p.m. Please bring a lunch with you or plan to go off-site during that time. Lunch is not provided by HabiJax.
  • Construction locations, workdays and assignments are subject to change due to the unpredictable nature of volunteer construction work. Your patience and cooperation is appreciated so that we can ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for all.

Typical Day

  • 7:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.: Volunteer registration
  • 8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.: Morning circle, team leader introductions
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Lunch break
  • 2:30 p.m.: Begin clean-up
  • 3:00 p.m.: Volunteer day concludes


Non-Construction Volunteers

Contact the Volunteer Services Department at (904) 208-6645 if you’re interested in volunteering in a non-construction area.

Office Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help with office tasks including filing, mailing and data entry.

Workshop Leaders

Volunteers are needed to lead workshops for homebuyers in financial knowledge, neighborhood development and personal and family growth. Also needed are volunteers with extensive knowledge in plumbing, electrical, heating/venting, etc. that would be willing to conduct monthly workshops.


ReStore Volunteers

The ReStore is a home improvement retail outlet where new and refurbished building materials, cabinets, appliances, furniture, lighting and accessories are sold to the public at reduced prices. Proceeds from the store go to build more HabiJax homes.

The store is open Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.. Our ReStore relies on volunteers for day-to-day operations. Read more about becoming a ReStore Volunteer.

Volunteers help with many different tasks around the store including, but not limited to, special projects, processing donations or assisting with deconstruction jobs.

What to Wear

Closed-toe tennis shoes or boots are required. Clothes you don’t mind getting dirty are strongly encouraged. Light colored, cotton clothing and a hat are recommended for the summer (shorts are okay). Layered clothing is recommended for the winter. Jewelry is not recommended because it can get damaged or lost very easily.

What to Bring

A plastic drinking cup or bottle is suggested.

If you are interested in signing up, please visit our online calendar to do so.