Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Beaches Habitat for Humanity! Your health and safety are important to us and we want to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable build experience.

Our volunteer builds have been postponed and we are making changes to our operations in light of the pandemic.

We recognize this decision may be disruptive to your plans. However, we feel that canceling activities in the short term is the best choice for the long term health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and homeowners.

Build with Beaches Habitat! Whether you are an experienced carpenter or have never touched a hammer, we will find a place for you on our construction site! Though we are a Christian ministry, we welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds to be a part of our organization.

If you are completing community service to fulfill a legal requirement (probation, pre-trial, etc.), need your hours verified or are younger than 18 years of age, please contact us before scheduling hours.

It is required that construction volunteers:

  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Register with the program - online or over the phone. Our sites have a maximum capacity for your safety, so we need to know that you're coming;
  • Complete a Release and Waiver of Liability before volunteering and at least once every year after.  (18 & older release formYounger than 18 release form) Please have your parents or legal guardian complete the Release form if you're younger than 18;
  • Dress appropriately for construction work - please wear sturdy shoes that cover your whole foot (preferably work boots, but sneakers are okay);
  • Are ready to get dirty!  This is a "real" construction site and you'll be doing hard work.  Don't worry if you don't have experience - our staff will teach you what you need to know.

Is it recommended that construction volunteers:

  • Complete the "Volunteering On A Habitat for Humanity Job Site" safety training available through our partner, Lockton Affinity.  You will need the Employee Access Code "W8NAEBTG" to enter the site;
  • View our Construction Volunteer Policies;
  • Have a moderate level of physical fitness;
  • Have the ability to perform moderately strenuous bending and reaching activities;
  • Are able to safely balance on stairs and uneven surfaces;
  • Can work in a dusty and active environment without climate control of any sort;
  • Are able to meet other moderate physical demands associated with the day's activities.
  • If you have any concerns about your ability to meet these recommendations or need special accommodations, please contact us so we can do our best to work with you!

Vounteer FAQ is available to help answer many common questions. The address of the meeting location and a link to our construction guidelines are available on the volunteer calendar and will also be emailed to you in your confirmation.

Contact our Community Outreach Director, Sarah Jared, with any questions or to register for volunteer opportunities by calling (904) 595-5793 or by sending an email to volunteer@beacheshabitat.org.

Volunteer on Your Own

Anyone, age 16 or older, can sign up to help with home construction. Please review our guidelines and Volunteer FAQs if you'd like more information about volunteering on the construction site.

Opportunities are typically available 5 days each week. Volunteers will be paired with a staff member or Crew Leader who will teach you what you need to know to have a safe and productive day. We provide all of the tools and equipment - you just need to dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes that cover your entire foot, and come ready to work!

Visit our volunteer calendar to see locations, times, and availability. Please be sure to register so we know you're coming!

Volunteer with a Group

Whether you are looking for an opportunity for your company, church group, family or more, we welcome groups to reserve a day to build on our construction sites. Group scheduling is a popular team building activity, so opportunities are filled on a first-come, first-served basis for 5 or more people.

To get the process started, complete the group request form or contact Sarah Jared, Community Outreach Director, at (904) 595-5793 or  volunteer@beacheshabitat.org.  Once your group is scheduled, you will receive more information to help you prepare for your day on site.

When completing the form below, please include as much information as possible in the “Additional Comments” section, including preferred date(s) or day(s) of the week.

Construction Crew Leadership

Crew Leaders lead small groups of volunteers in construction tasks. They are skilled volunteers who have made an ongoing commitment to work with Beaches Habitat. Many begin as individual volunteers who develop their construction and leadership skills through continued participation in the building program.

Crew Leader responsibilities include:

  • Arriving on site 20 minutes prior to the start of construction to help with set up and to review task goals for the day.
  • Teaching other volunteers appropriate construction methods and techniques and overseeing their work.
  • Providing safety equipment necessary for the tasks and ensuring that it is used consistently and correctly.
  • Ensuring that volunteers are working in a safe and fun environment and are enjoying their experience.
  • Assisting volunteers in meeting the task goals for the day.
  • Following the guidance of the House Captain to ensure appropriate construction and safety standards are maintained.

To qualify to be a Crew Leader, volunteers should:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Volunteer consistently with Beaches Habitat for Humanity on site, at least twice per month for 4 to 6 months.
  • Have a recommendation from a member of the construction staff and receive approval from the construction department.

Benefits:

  • Priority scheduling
  • Beaches Habitat construction manual
  • Beaches Habitat "Crew Leader" hard hat

Court Ordered Volunteers

Beaches Habitat for Humanity allows some volunteers to complete mandated hours on our construction site. However, we do have limitations, based on the charge or reason for your required hours.

Follow the link below to view our full policy and to submit your information for consideration. Please be sure to submit your final judgement or other official document noting the charge before you start your hours. Our Community Outreach Director will review your request and let you know if you qualify.

Women Build

To encourage and empower more female construction volunteers, Beaches Habitat selects one home each year to be our Women Build.

All are welcome, regardless of your skills or construction experience. Our knowledgeable staff and volunteer leaders will teach and guide you. It's a fun, friendly, mostly female environment.

Whether you want to learn new skills or meet new people, Women Build is a rewarding experience. 

Join our Women Build email list to stay up to date on Women Build opportunities.

Interfaith Build

What better way to put God's love into action than by helping your neighbors to build a home they can afford?

Each year, Beaches Habitat partners with faith communities to support a home build. Your congregation can be involved in a number of ways that include:

  • Service;
  • Prayer;
  • Giving

Use the link below to visit our Interfaith Build page for more information about the ways to join Interfaith Build.

Construction Volunteer FAQ

Where is the construction site?

Our service area includes Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach and Eastern Jacksonville. Most of our work is in the Mayport area of Atlantic Beach. You can see our current project address on our volunteer calendar

When do you build?

We build Tuesday through Thursday from 8 am – 4 pm, Friday from 8 am to 12 pm and Saturday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, volunteers can choose a half day or a full day. To see available dates and time, please register with our volunteer calendar.

Can I just show up at the construction site?

For safety, we have a maximum number of volunteers who can be on the site each day.  We want to be sure we have enough supplies and work for you to do, so please sign up! You can use our volunteer calendar or call our Community Outreach Director, Sarah Jared, at (904) 595-5793.

Do I have to attend an orientation before volunteering?

No, you don't have to attend an orientation before volunteering. At the beginning of each day, our construction team will orient you to the construction site, so it's is important that you arrive on time!

I registered with the calendar. Now what?

After you have created an account, you can sign up for specific dates and times on the calendar. All of the information you'll need is in the event description (look for "Home Construction"), including the meeting/site location. If you can't find what you need or have any trouble signing up for an event, please contact Sarah at (904) 595-5793 or volunteer@beacheshabitat.org.

I need a letter or a form signed to verify my volunteer hours. Can you do that?

Yes. If you have a form, please bring it with you to the construction site. At the end of your shift, one of our construction staff or AmeriCorps members will sign it for you.

If you need a letter and you'll be volunteering for 8 hours or fewer, please email volunteer@beacheshabitat.org or ask when you arrive at the site.

If you need a letter and you'll be volunteering for more than 8 hours, please download a copy of our Documentation of Hours form. When you've completed your hours, submit it for a letter by email to volunteer@beacheshabitat.org, by fax to (904) 241-4310 or in person at the office. Please allow 1 to 2 business days for completion of your letter.

Can I work with you to serve hours for probation, court-ordered community service, pre-trial intervention, etc?

Maybe. Before signing up to volunteer, please read our policy for Community Service Volunteers. The first section lists the offenses that we accept. Once you've checked to be sure you can volunteer, please make sure to review the entire policy. If you can meet the requirements, submit the form and documentation. Then, contact our office to confirm that you can complete your hours with Beaches Habitat.

What do I do if the weather is bad?

If the weather is bad, call the construction volunteer hotline at (904) 595-5810. We often have work that can be done indoors, even when the weather limits our activity. If we decide to close the construction site for the day, we will update the hotline no later than one hour before volunteers are scheduled to start.

Do I need to bring my own tools or other equipment?

**COVID-19 UPDATE**

Until further notice, volunteers are requested to provide their own tools and equipment. If you have questions about the types of tools and equipment you'll need, please contact us.

Do you provide water and lunch for me when I come to build?

**COVID-19 UPDATE***

Please be sure to bring your own water bottle, snacks, and lunch. Beaches Habitat has a water station available. Only refill using the water station if your water bottle has a removable mouthpiece. Paper cups will also be available.