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Current Volunteer Opportunities

ReStore (Struthers):

  • Cleaning up leaves/trash/weeds from around property
  • Cleaning and organizing outdoor material yard (bricks, patio furniture, etc)
  • Building and painting display mini houses in parking lot
  • Working on fencing (putting in screens, weed wacking, etc)

Build Sites (Rehabs at 465 N Osborn Ave Youngstown, OH 44509 and 977 SE Hazelwood Ave Warren, OH 44484):

  • Painting
  • Landscaping
  • Installing cabinets
  • Flooring
  • Cleaning

General:

  • Cleaning/reorganizing construction office/warehouse

Volunteer Crews

Habitat Mahoning Valley is committed to providing a safe environment for our employees, volunteers, subcontractors, and community partners. In light of the many changes experienced by our communities at large, we have begun implementing changes on our construction site as we prepare to reopen volunteer opportunities.

Our staff members on the construction site are implementing a number of new policies and practices based on guidance from OSHA, the National Association of Home Builders, Habitat for Humanity International, and others. As we adapt to these changes, we will limit the number of opportunities to a maximum of 5 volunteers per shift, per day. Volunteer opportunities will be available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday from 9am-3pm. Please check dates and times when signing up for a shift (each week will alternate days).

Social Distancing:  We recognize that many of our volunteers will be considered vulnerable due to their age or health. While we will not prevent volunteers who may be more vulnerable from participating in construction activities, we strongly advise that you consider the risks of volunteering to your personal health and safety before making a decision to volunteer. As you will read below, we plan to take many steps to create a safer construction site, but there will still be potential areas for exposure in any public setting.

House construction teams will be limited to no more than 5 volunteers and our Habitat Mahoning Valley team will ensure that all participants maintain a physical distance of at least 6′ between workers as much as possible while performing all tasks. 

Screening:  Our staff members are receiving daily screening for symptoms of COVID-19/fever as they arrive on the construction site. Volunteers will be provided with instructions for self-screening prior to arriving on site. A member of our team will verify that volunteers have completed self-screening before checking-in any volunteer on the construction site.

Volunteer Sign-up & Check-in: All volunteers will be required to register for a volunteer shift. Unregistered volunteers will be asked to leave the site and register for a future opportunity. Registered volunteers will receive a confirmation email before their scheduled shift. An online digital check-in process will be implemented to track volunteer hours (no paper/pen check-in). Volunteers will be directed to their task site where they will receive further instructions.

Breaks & Lunch: Break times will be staggered to minimize gatherings of people and encourage social distancing. Habitat Mahoning Valley will NOT provide lunch or snacks at this time. Please feel free to bring a lunch/snack with you.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Volunteers will be assigned their own bucket of tools needed for the task at hand.

In addition to regular PPE, everyone on the site will be asked to wear: Gloves - Task appropriate gloves should be worn at all times while on-site. If gloves are not typically required for the task, then any type of glove is acceptable, including latex gloves; Eye protection - Eye protection should be worn at all times while on-site; Face coverings - When task-specific face PPE is not required, face coverings are required. A face covering is a cloth, bandana, or another type of material that covers a person’s nose and mouth. All safety PPE will be provided to you.

Tools: Please do not share your tools! As mentioned above, all volunteers will be assigned tools that will be color-coded. These designated tools will be sanitized before and after each shift. Sharing of tools, equipment and PPE is prohibited.

Common Spaces: Only one person may enter the tool trailer at a time. As you are leaving the trailer, please wipe all touched surfaces with sanitizing solution. Habitat Mahoning Valley staff members will spray portable toilets with disinfecting solution at intervals during the day. Anyone using a portable toilet is asked to wipe the interior and exterior door handles with sanitizing solution after use.

A handwashing location will be available on-site, with soap and towels replenished daily. Hand sanitizer and disinfecting solution will be readily available.

PLEASE have patience: Our team is doing the best we can to bring volunteers back to the construction site in the safest way possible. It will take time to adjust to the new ways of doing things for everyone...staff AND volunteers. We need the help and cooperation of everyone to make our efforts effective. Unfortunately, there will still be risks involved and we cannot promise a virus-free site.

Our team is looking forward to seeing our volunteers again. You are a vital part of our team and we miss you!

If you have any questions about volunteering or would like to schedule a day to volunteer, please contact our Volunteer Manager: 

Alyssa Osborne, aosborne@hfhmv.org / 330-743-7244 x110

Construction Volunteer

How to Sign-Up 

What to Bring

We will provide everything you need! If you do decide to bring tools, please label them so you don’t accidentally make a “donation”. Some items you can bring, if you decide, are: water bottle, hammer, tape measure, pencil, knife, safety glasses, gloves, tool belt, and/or nail apron.

What to Wear

Dress for the weather. Shoes must be closed-toed, closed-healed, and not croc-like. Tennis shoes or work boots would be appropriate. Long hair must be tied up, and clothing must not be loose. No jewelry, with the exception of earring studs.

This is a construction site with limited access to running water – you are likely to get dirty. Please don’t wear anything you would hate to ruin!

What to Expect

When you arrive you will need to sign in and make a name tag. The orientation at 9:00AM will include information about Habitat, work assignments, and safety guidance.

There will be a tool trailer on-site for you to pick-up (and return) the tools you will need to complete your work assignment. There will also be a port-a-john and first aid kit if needed. A Construction Manager will be on-site leading the group and will have experienced volunteers leading small teams.

When to Arrive

Plan to arrive at 8:45AM.

Inclement Weather

We DO work when it’s cold, snowy, or rainy. If the weather is dangerous, however, we will cancel or move the crew to another location. Any cancellations or change in location will be relayed to your group leader and emailed to all who have registered online.

  *If under 18 years old, please download and print Liability Waiver (below) and bring to work day with appropriate signatures.

Download Liability Waiver


ReStore Volunteer

The Struthers and Salem ReStores are always looking for dedicated volunteers.

Volunteers are needed beginning July 1, 2020.

If you would like to volunteer with one of the ReStores, please call:

Struthers: 330-755-2232 x106
Salem: 330-337-4808

Or sign-up online to volunteer HERE!

Volunteer Assignment Descriptions

Receiving and Processing Assistant 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Loading and unloading donations
  • Safely lifting, sorting and cleaning donation
  • Assisting with customer service
  • Organizing and returning misplaced items to proper departments
  • Keeping floor area safe and clean for customers
  • Stocking showroom and keeping showroom clean
  • Recycling unusable merchandise, such as electronics and metal

Groundskeeper

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Keeping property tidy, free of trash and unwanted debris
  • Operating a riding lawn mower, brush hog and weed whacker
  • Maintaining lawn and garden equipment

Housekeeper

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Cleaning the ReStore, restrooms, office and kitchen
  • Emptying trash cans
  • Vacuuming and sweeping floors
  • Washing windows and dusting

ReStore Floor Worker

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Cleaning, repairing, sorting and applying safety measures to donated items
  • Stocking shelves
  • Properly placing items in departments
  • Keeping floors clean and free of debris

Customer Service Representative

Supervisors: Volunteer Floor Supervisor and ReStore Manager

  • Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Greeting and assisting customers
  • Being polite and courteous
  • Keeping showroom safe and organized