12 Things You Need to Know as a Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity Volunteer

Our Mission: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

  1. Safety first. Safety is everyone’s responsibility.  Use caution at the worksite and look out for each other.  Report any unsafe conditions to your supervisor immediately.


  1. Safety second. All staff are required to have current CPR and first aid.  In the event of injury notify your immediate supervisor.


  1. Appreciate Effort; skilled or unskilled. All volunteers will be treated with respect for their skills and abilities, whether construction or support. Complete the volunteer form as best you can.  If we don’t know what you can or want to do, we can’t ask you to help.


  1. Appreciate diversity. People from every social, economic, religious, and ethnic background help build houses, build lives, and build community.


  1. Enlightened self-interest. There are many reasons people volunteer.  They may want to: make new friends, gain new skills, be part of a team, improve the community, meet a challenge, help the less fortunate, have fun, share skills, pay back, feel useful, make contacts, gain recognition, be with friends, etc.


  1. Be willing to learn. Ask questions. Not everyone will do the same task the same way. Please follow proper instructions. If you don’t understand something, ask a supervisor or staff member.  We may learn something, too.


  1. Measure twice, cut once. Be a good steward of donor resources.


  1. Patience pleasePatience is a virtue.  Occasionally, there will be a period when work can’t be performed due to weather conditions or lack of materials, tools, or supervision.


  1. Be flexible. Due to the nature of homebuilding, not all tasks happen as planned.  If you come expecting to paint, you may be asked to help hang drywall or landscape.


  1. Sweat equity. Habitat homebuyers must contribute as many as 250-400 hours of labor to Habitat.  They are encouraged to be on site as much as possible with the volunteers building their houses.  But because they have other commitments, they can’t be around all the time.


  1. Consider other opportunities. Tuesday-Thursday, Women Build, committees are the channels through which work and ideas flow.  Take on as much or little as you wish.


   12.  The Big Picture.  If all else fails, re-read the Mission Statement