Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. They play essential roles in our mission to eliminate substandard housing conditions in the South Hampton Roads community. Our mission is upheld with their help, whether they wear a hard hat, help in one of our ReStores, or serve on a committee. In fact, there are many ways a volunteer can help Habitat SHR achieve its goals — learn more below!
If you want to pick up some useful DIY skills while giving back, consider becoming a part of Habitat SHR’s mission. Complete your volunteer profile through our system, Giveffect or click the schedule above. Once registered, you will receive an email confirmation; from there, you will be able to view your dashboard and use the left side navigation to view upcoming “Volunteer Opportunities.”
Please note at this time: ALL volunteers must be 18 yrs old and we DO NOT accept Court-Ordered volunteers. For a list of organizations that can accommodate Court-Ordered volunteers click here.
We look forward to working with you!
For an official Habitat SHR letter with your total volunteer hours, complete and submit this FORM online. We provide hours letters within 2 weeks of your form submission. We DO NOT provide same-day hours letter requests. Your information must be verified with staff and sign-in sheets from several locations and our staff requires time to do this. Requests for hours letters from dates older than 3 months are considered lower priority. Plan ahead for your personal deadline and submit your FORM with that deadline in mind. Make allowances from your deadline for weekends and holidays.
Construction volunteer shift are available twice per week. Habitat SHR provides all tools and safety gear, as well as direction and supervision to volunteers of any skill set. Volunteers can expect to be involved in a variety of tasks depending on the stage of construction and needs of the day. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to work on a Habitat SHR construction site. For a list of youth volunteer opportunities in Hampton Roads please click here.
Interested individuals must attend a training with the Restore Director prior to volunteering in a ReStore. We ask volunteers to assist us with staging displays, sorting donations and customer engagement. You are welcome to volunteer during store hours at your convenience, once you have completed the 30 min training with the ReStore Director. If you are interested in volunteering at one of our ReStores, choose the button above- “Become A ReStore Volunteer”
Groups submit a request using the button above- “ReStore Group Request.” If requesting an official Habitat SHR ReStore Volunteer Hours Letter, use button above and plan for 2-3 weeks for your hours to be verified and the letter to be returned to you via email. Letters are provided within 3 months of volunteering. With any volunteer opportunity, it is the volunteer’s responsibility to keep up with their hours and locations AND to sign-in upon arrival to the site. We recommend taking a picture of your sign-in sheet when leaving the site with your phone as an easy way to keep track of your hours. ReStore volunteers contribute equally to our mission of eliminating poverty housing in South Hampton Roads. Please be patient in receiving a response and know we are doing our very best to place you where you are needed most within our organization. For information about locations go here.
*All ReStore volunteers must be 18 yrs of age. Youth volunteers please visit and search using Volunteer Hampton Road’s extensive Youth Volunteer listings. We do not accept court-ordered community service volunteers at this time. Here is a list of alternative for court-ordered community service
Habitat SHR works with many groups in our community from military commands, to universities, faith-based groups, fraternities, small businesses, and other non-profits. To schedule a volunteer group larger than 5, submit a Construction group request FORM or ReStore Group Request FORM. Your request with the required information will be received by the Volunteer & Community Engagement Manager. From there, your group will be placed where the organization needs your help most. This could be at a ReStore, a construction site, or helping with a special events committee. We appreciate your support and look forward to receiving your completed form to place your group where we have available opportunities.
Please keep in mind that construction volunteer opportunities are less frequent than ReStore opportunities due to the small construction staff of our affiliate. ReStore opportunities are more frequent and at 3 separate locations.
Team Build events are designed to improve employee morale through a full and inspirational day on a Habitat construction site. In return, the company provides a sponsorship gift to cover construction expenses. A typical donation and group size is $1,500 for up to 12 volunteers or $2,500 for up to 20. Larger donations and groups can be accommodated with multiple construction events on different dates. Some corporations sponsor multiple team build events throughout the year and make Habitat SHR their annual philanthropy focus. For more information about our location community partners view this page.
Have you been considering an expensive employee retreat? Have you wondered how you can achieve more goodwill in the community with your employees? A Paid Team Build Event will provide the following in exchange for your sponsorship:
* Volunteers must be 18 years old in order to participate.
If interested in a Paid Team Build event for your business, view and submit this FORM to the Volunteer Manager. Once submitted you will be contacted to schedule the event for construction.
Thank you for becoming a sponsor of Habitat SHR and helping to rebuild the American dream for qualified Habitat families!
For more information on Habitat SHR volunteer opportunities, please contact the Volunteer Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org