Volunteering at the Build

It takes many hands to build a Habitat home. We have opportunities for skilled and unskilled volunteers.

Our Habitat homes are lovingly constructed almost entirely by volunteers, with the support of dedicated, skilled Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa staff. It takes many hands to build a Habitat home. We have opportunities for skilled and unskilled volunteers.

Volunteer on our Build Site

We will have new opportunities for individual volunteers in the spring/summer 2019 when we begin Phase III of our current build project.

Our build in Orleans, Leacross Landing, is our largest development to date with plans to build 16-townhouse units. We completed Phase I of the build in July 2018 and our first four townhouses. Phase II of the build broke ground in June 2018 and we are working on finishing 4 new townhouses this spring 2019. Phase III will begin in the spring/summer, where we’ll be constructing the final 8 homes in this development.

Community/General Help

For this role, there is no previous experience required and all of the equipment, training and safety gear you need for the day is provided.

Build Crew

For this specialized role, we are currently looking for volunteers with the following qualifications:

  • Intermediate to advanced skills in construction and/or carpentry
  • Well-versed in operating hand and power tools
  • A good understanding of onsite health and safety guidelines
  • Availability to help out once a week on a regular basis, Tuesday to Friday over the duration of the build
  • If you are interested in applying for our build crew role, please contact Jenny at volunteer@habitatgo.com.

Once you sign up to become a volunteer with Habitat Greater Ottawa, you will receive scheduling updates as soon as they become available. Scheduling is all done online on a first-come, first served basis via your volunteer account. Please note that our build shifts are a full day, 8:00 am-3:30 pm, Tuesday to Friday.

Minimum Age Requirement

You must be a minimum of 16 years of age to volunteer on the build. Individuals who are 16-17 years of age require a waiver signed by a parent and/or guardian. Your parent and/or guardian is also required to volunteer alongside you on your build day.