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Why Volunteer?

At Habitat for Humanity-MetroWest/Greater Worcester, we believe that creating affordable housing is a community effort.  We strive to create high-quality volunteer experiences for all members of the community seeking to respond to the need of affordable housing. Volunteering is a great way to support Habitat’s mission, meet interesting people, and learn new skills!  Join with us to create a world in which everyone has a decent place to live.

Before you continue! Are you a corporate group interested in volunteering? If so, please visit our Sponsorship Opportunities page (Click here to view). Thank You! 

What Is There to Do?

Volunteer with us at our ReStore to sort fun donations, or on a build site to hammer some nails! Join a committee, or start a campus chapter! Habitat wants to provide a welcoming environment for all skills and talents.

Want to learn more about volunteer opportunities with Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester?

Join us for a Volunteer Orientation!

These orientations are mandatory for those looking to volunteer at Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester ReStore. Orientations cover the mission and vision of Habitat and ReStore as well as volunteer opportunities and expectations.

 March 6th  10am-11am
March 25th  2pm-3pm
April 3rd  10am-11am
April 22nd  2pm-3pm
May 1st  10am-11am
May 20th   2pm-3pm
June 5th  10am-11am
June 17th   2pm-3pm

 

All orientations are held at the Administrative Offices located next to ReStore at 11 Distributor Road in Worcester MA 01605. You can RSVP for a session by signing up on CERVIS below.

How Do I Sign Up?

Introducing: CERVIS (Community Event Registration and Volunteer Information System)

Through a collaborative effort between a Worcester Polytechnic Institute research team and Habitat staff, we are excited to announce that we are transiting to the volunteer management system CERVIS! CERVIS will be embedded right into this website allowing for an easier and more convenient way for you to sign up for that shifts that fit your schedule. CERVIS will allow us to better communicate our volunteer needs and coordinate with volunteers, maximizing your time and abilities!

If you had created a VolunteerHub account in the last year and half your account information has been transferred. CERVIS will prompt you to verify account information and electronically sign a new waiver.

FAQs! Are you new to Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester? Please read through our Frequently Asked Questions before signing up! (Click here to view)

**PLEASE NOTE: Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester tries to accommodate requests for court ordered community service hours as much as possible. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Molly Pietrantonio either by email at volunteer@habitatmwgw.org or by phone 508-799-9259 x 113 PRIOR TO SIGNING UP FOR SHIFTS to discuss requirements and available opportunities. Letters verifying the hours will be completed by the appropriate Habitat for Humanity staff member. We cannot accept court-ordered community service requests from persons involved with drug, theft, or violent offenses.


Frequently Asked Questions & Answers:

How do I register my group for a volunteer opportunity?

We love to have groups of volunteers at ReStore and out on our build sites! Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator to schedule your volunteer day, volunteer@habitatmwgw.org, 508-799-9259 ext 113.

Are you a corporate group interested in volunteering? If so, please visit our Sponsorship Opportunities page (Click here to view). Thank You!

What do I need to do if I’m looking to fulfill court mandated community service hours?

Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester tries to accommodate requests for community service hours as much as possible. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Molly Pietrantonio either by e-mail at volunteer@habitatmwgw.org or by phone 508-799-9259 ext. 113 to discuss requirements and available opportunities. Letters verifying the hours will be completed by the appropriate Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester staff member. We cannot accept court-ordered community service requests from person involved with drug, theft, or violent offenses.

How old do you need to be to volunteer?

All volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. Those volunteers under the age of 18 will have to have a parent or legal guardian sign our safety waiver.

Do I have to sign safety waiver?

Yes, when you create your CERVIS account you will be electronically signing a waiver. For those of you that created a VolunteerHub account in the last year and half CERVIS will prompt you to electronically sign our waiver. For volunteers under the age of 18 CERVIS will e-mail a waiver so a parent or legal guardian can sign off. All paper waivers must be completed and submitted before or on your first volunteer shift.

Do I need to have build experience to help out on site?

No! Our build sites are no experience necessary. Our construction team and dedicated group of regular volunteers will instruct you throughout the day.

What should I wear when I work on a build project?

You MUST wear closed toed shoes. In addition, we ask that you wear safe comfortable clothes that you can work hard in. Our activities on site include every aspect of building, so expect to get dirty. Also respect that we live in New England and we build year-round. While we plan to be indoors during rain and snow, there is not always heat or air conditioning on our sites. We suggest wearing multiple layers and expecting a range of temperatures. Our site has plenty of gloves and safety gear, but you are always welcome to bring your own if you have it.

Other then ReStore and being out on site, how else can I volunteer with Habitat?

Join a committee, start a campus chapter, or volunteer on a Critical Home Repair! To find out more about these opportunities contact Molly Pietrantonio, Volunteer Coordinator, volunteer@habitatmwgw.org or 508-799-9259 ext. 113.

I am having trouble signing up on CERVIS, what do I do?

Contact Molly Pietrantonio, Volunteer Coordinator, volunteer@habitatmwgw.org or 508-799-9259 ext 113.

Questions About Volunteering At ReStore:

What should I wear to volunteer at the ReStore?

Wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and closed toe/heel shoes (athletic shoes or boots are best, no ballet slippers, crocs, heels, clogs, sandals, etc.).

I’ll be there all day, do you provide lunch?

The ReStore does not provide lunch, but there are several lunch options close by.

I’m supposed to start at 9:30AM, but the store doesn’t open until 10AM. How do I get in?

There is a doorbell on the left hand side of the main entrance door, press the button and someone will let you in.

I would love to get my family more involved. Can I bring my kids along with me?

The minimum age for volunteering at the ReStore is 14 with a parent or guardian present. Sorry, no exceptions. Ages 16 and over are always welcome.

Can I bring a group along?

Certainly! We have groups of up to 12 people volunteer at the ReStore. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator to set up a time to bring your group out. Please note: all volunteer groups must be scheduled in advance.

What will I be doing during my time there?

It varies. As a general volunteer, your tasks may include: helping unload donations from vehicles, moving items to the store floor, assisting in pricing items, assisting in creating displays, greeting customers/answering questions, reorganizing/cleaning departments, helping customers to their vehicle with their new purchases, etc…
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