19 April, 2014

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect when volunteering with Urban Homeworks?

We appreciate that you are willing to take time out of your weekly schedule and volunteer with us. We want to ensure a safe and meaningful experience. Here are some things that you can expect when you volunteer with us:

  • An Urban Homeworks crew leader who is friendly and knowledgeable.
  • A work project and work site that is prepared for your work day. Work days begin at 8:00 AM and end at 4:00 PM. Lunch breaks are taken at noon; volunteers must provide their own lunches.
  • The day begins with a site orientation meeting at 8:00 AM. This meeting includes programmatic content about the work of Urban Homeworks and the urban communities we serve.

Do I need to have construction experience to volunteer?

No, construction experience is not necessary. Of course, we love to have skilled volunteers; however our main desire is that volunteers are excited about working and have a willingness to learn and a passion to serve.

What tools should I bring?

Urban Homeworks provides hand tools, but you are welcome to bring your own and a tool belt. We ask that individuals do not bring their personal power tools on site. Urban Homeworks will provide the task-appropriate tools for the work site. Urban Homeworks is not responsible for lost/damaged/stolen personal tools.

Is there an age limit for volunteering?

Volunteers must be 16 years or older.

What does a typical work day look like?

The work day is from 8:00 AM–4:00 PM with a midday break for lunch. The day starts with an introduction time and a work-site orientation.

Is lunch provided?

Urban Homeworks does not provide lunch for the volunteer groups. Please coordinate your lunch plans prior to coming on site. Some groups bring their own lunch, while others venture out to a local restaurant.

What should I wear?

Please wear construction-appropriate clothing. No loose-fitting clothing or open-toed footwear; work boots are encouraged. Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, and be prepared to work in the elements.

Do you accept individual volunteers?

Yes, but we ask that you join one of the groups that are scheduled to volunteer if there is space available or the Quicksilver group.

How far in advance should I contact Urban Homeworks to volunteer?

This depends on the day that you want to volunteer. If you are interested in a weekend or a week-long service project, we ask that you secure the date at least 2 months in advance. If you are interested in a weekday, please sign up at least 1 month in advance. Work-day registration is scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Do you provide lodging?

We do not provide lodging for our volunteers (with the exception of the Urban Immersion Program), but we have partners that do. Contact us for more information.

Why aren’t junior high-aged youth allowed?

Unfortunately, due to insurance and liability reasons and safety issues, we cannot have youth under the age of 16 on our work sites.