Volunteer FAQ

Question:Where are you currently building? Answer: We are currently building in several additions around Oklahoma City, plus Blanchard and Mustang.  
Question:When do you build? Answer: We build Tuesday through Saturday. Regular Hours:  Weekdays 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Summer Hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day):  8 a.m. - 3 p.m.  
Question:Do I have to sign up for a volunteer opportunity or can I just show up? Answer: We require all volunteers to sign up in advance for volunteer opportunities.  Please email Rick.Lorg@cohfh.org to learn about available volunteer opportunities.  
Question:Do I have to attend an orientation before volunteering? Answer: Safety training and orientation will be done by a construction site supervisor at the construction site after everyone has signed in.  
Question:What forms do I need to complete to volunteer? Answer: All first-time volunteers must complete a Volunteer Waiver/Release Form.  If you volunteer with us on a regular basis, you are only required to fill out a Volunteer Waiver Release Form once per calendar year.  Every time you volunteer you will need to fill out the sign-in sheet at the construction site.  
Question:How do I turn in my Volunteer Waiver/Release Form? Answer: You may turn in your Volunteer Waiver/Release form at the construction site or by emailing it to Rick.Lorg@cohfh.org  
Question:What can I expect when I go to a construction site? Answer: When you arrive on a construction site please bring a completed Volunteer Waiver/Release form unless you have already emailed it to Rick.Lorg@cohfh.org and sign in by completing the information on the sign-in sheet.  A Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity construction employee will conduct a safety training and orientation and answer any questions you may have about your volunteer experience.  
Question:What work will I be doing? Answer: We use volunteers for all aspects of the construction process.  We normally have 8-10 houses under construction at all times, in different stages of completion.  A construction site supervisor will be there to answer your questions and instruct you in a task that will be within your abilities.  
Question:How hard will the work be? Answer: No prior building skill or expertise is required.  The work is managed so that it can be performed by volunteers without any previous knowledge or experience in home construction.  In terms of exertion, construction work can be physically demanding, and you should expect to be on your feet for extended periods of time.  
Question:Do you provide lunch for me when I come to build? Answer: Central Oklahoma Habitat does not provide lunch for volunteers, and we suggest you bring your own.  On occasion people or groups will provide lunch for all volunteers, and if we know that ahead of time, we will try to notify you before your build day  
Question:Do you provide water for me when I come to build? Answer: We ask that you bring your own water bottle to the construction site.  Central Oklahoma Habitat does have water available on the construction sites, so you can refill your own water bottle.  
Question:I would like to provide lunch for a build day; how do I do that? Answer: If you would like to provide lunch for the volunteers on a construction site, please email Rick.Lorg@cohfh.org.  
Question:What do I need to bring? Answer: Central Oklahoma Habitat provides all the necessary tools to perform any volunteer job.  Come dressed for the weather, and wear shoes with closed toes and heels. (No sandals or flip-flops.)  Bring a water bottle and a lunch, unless you plan on going off site to purchase lunch on your own.