Volunteers are an integral part of the Habitat magic! If Trinity Habitat has to use subcontractors instead of volunteers to build homes scheduled for this fall, it will cost the organization an additional $100,000!
Ready to volunteer now?
Not ready to volunteer yet?
Here are two ways you can help right now:
1) Raise your hand to commit to volunteer later in the year as an individual, with a small group, or with your organization. We will have a lot of important work to catch up on, and it will be a great help to know whom we can call on. So, please complete our 2020 Volunteer Interest Form.
2) Make a donation at TrinityHabitat.org/BuildsBack. This will help us fund small teams of subcontractors this spring to continue work on homes and get them ready for volunteers to finish later in the year.
All volunteers MUST read and agree to our temporary Volunteer Build Plan, which includes new rules for volunteering, as well as what personal protective equipment is provided by Trinity Habitat and what equipment volunteers are required to bring with them. The information in this document supersedes any information found anywhere else. Read Now
We build strong families and neighborhoods through affordable homeownership! This year, we will build more than 50 new homes and rehab 100+ homes. We are only able to do this with the help of volunteers, just like you!
No construction experience required! Our helpful construction leaders in the green hard hats will teach you everything you need to know. We encourage everyone to try new things and learn new skills.
Age Requirments: Volunteers on construction sites must be 16 or older. Those under 18 years of age must have a Youth Liability Waiver signed by a parent or guardian and be accompanied by an adult age 25 or older. We do occasionally have paint projects listed that are open to volunteers age 12 and older. Look for events listed as PAH for Preserve a Home or learn more about our Cowtown Brush Ups. Download Youth Liability Waiver
Volunteering on a Habitat build site is a great teambuilding experience. We love the companies, churches, schools, families, and community organizations that come out to volunteer together!
Less than 10 Volunteers
Simply all coordinate and sign up for the same opportunity.
10 or More Volunteers
First, View Calendar. Then, email Elizabeth.Tejada@TrinityHabitat.org with your group name, as well as the date, build address, and number of volunteer slots you want reserved. Make sure there are enough available volunteer slots for your group when viewing the calendar. We can sometimes reserve multiple nearby build sites on the same day for groups larger than 24. You will receive a unique link where your group members can sign up for the build day(s) you reserved.
Whether volunteering as an individual or with a group, follow the link below to sign up. All opportunities listed have been made available by one of our sponsors. Visit our Sponsorship Page to learn about the many benefits of sponsorship.
If possible, please help us fill our earliest volunteer opportunities first. We don’t build in July or August due to the heat.
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Frequently Asked Questions
We currently do one build a year in Weatherford. To learn more and volunteer for this build, please contact Linda Tingle at (817) 614-1061.
Building will continue in light rain and the cold. If the weather becomes severe, the build will be canceled or the start time will be delayed. Please check TrinityHabitat.org/weather the morning of the build if you think the build might be canceled or delayed. This link will be updated and we will send email notifications by 6:30 a.m. the morning of the build, if it is canceled or delayed.
Our typical build times are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a 45-minute break for lunch. However, our Summer Hours between Memorial Day and Labor Day are 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. During Summer Hours, Trinity Habitat provides a midmorning snack, and we do not break for lunch. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time to allow us to get everyone checked in and to start building on time.
Trinity Habitat only provides lunch during Blitz Builds, which are indicated as such on our volunteer opportunity listings. If it is not a Blitz, then you are individually responsible for your lunch. If you are a part of a group, check with your group leader to see if they are providing lunch. We recommend groups send a couple people to pick up lunch from somewhere like fast-food restaurant or have it delivered. It is usually easier if volunteers stay on the build site for lunch.
Below is a list of the typical activities on the different build days. These activities are not guaranteed because we may be ahead or behind schedule. Having good weather and excellent volunteer turnout helps us stay on schedule! The dates below correlate with the days listed on each volunteer opportunity.
Day 1-2: Wall erection & bracing
Day 3-4: Truss installation
Day 5-6: Sheathing, subfascia, garage trim
Day 7-8: Windows & trim installation
Day 9-11: Siding
Day 12: Painting – if we are lucky 🙂
We can always find something for people to do. We encourage everyone to try new things, but no one will be asked to do anything they are uncomfortable with.
We are counting on your commitment to volunteer! We are only able to build and rehab these families’ homes with the help of our volunteers. If you absolutely must cancel, you can do so via your Volunteer Account. Sign in, find the event you need to cancel, and click Cancel. Cancellations 24 hours before an event require you to email Meagan.Bordelon@TrinityHabitat.org.
We allow up to 24 volunteers per build site. For large groups, we can sometimes find nearby homes on the same day. Having all 24 volunteer slots filled each build day allows us to make the progress necessary to complete each home on schedule.
We try to fill volunteer slots first with volunteers that can commit to the entire workday. If an opportunity two weeks out still has availability, please contact Meagan.Bordelon@TrinityHabitat.org to request an exception. If arriving late or leaving early, always notify the green-shirt project manager so they can plan accordingly.
We would love for you to become one of our Construction Leaders. Our “green-shirts” support project managers in completing construction projects and teaching volunteers. If you are interested in attending Cornerstone College, you can learn more at TrinityHabitat.org/volunteer/construction-leader. Construction experience is great, but not required. We’ll teach you everything you need to know to be successful in this role.
No, please do not bring your underage child. This is an active construction site, and we need your full attention. It is also very difficult to ensure your child will not end up on the construction site.
If possible, consider having your company or organization become a sponsor. Our sponsors get first choice of build days. All other build days are only available because sponsors have generously released them for individuals and non-sponsoring groups to participate as volunteers. With the exception of July and August, we build all year, so if sponsorship is not currently an option, regularly check our Volunteer Opportunities Calendar–we are regularly adding new opportunities.
Whether for school, work, or a court order, you can complete community service hours with Trinity Habitat. The green-shirt project manager on the build site will be able to sign any forms you provide at the end of the workday. If you need a letter on letterhead confirming your hours, please contact Meagan.Bordelon@TrinityHabitat.org.
Look for opportunities listed as “PAH” for Preserve a Home. These projects are typically paint projects, but sometimes involve other exterior rehab projects. Check the event details to know what activities will be performed. We also partner with the City of Fort Worth twice a year to paint 30-50 homes in a single day. We need teams of 10-20 people to paint each house. Volunteers must be 12 or older for this event, called Cowtown Brush Up.