Volunteer in Construction

Volunteering on the work site is a fun, hands-on opportunity for individuals and groups to build homes alongside future Habitat homeowners. Construction volunteers do carpentry, roofing, siding, interior trim, painting, landscaping and more.  No experience is required!  New volunteers receive coaching from more experienced volunteers and from Habitat staff.


San Diego Habitat for Humanity partners with a diverse range of corporate, community, faith, youth and educational groups to build common ground by sharing our vision of a world without substandard, unaffordable housing. Volunteer days are an excellent way to engage your group in a meaningful experience on the construction site.

Groups with up to 15 volunteers are scheduled Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday with Saturday workdays often booked months in advance.  Group opportunities are available at construction sites on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to those that financially sponsor their build day.

Construction Days and Hours

Construction is happening on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Construction hours are from 8:15am to 3:30pm. Midweek volunteers are critically needed.  Saturdays are reserved for groups financially sponsoring their build day.  Non-sponsoring groups that prefer Saturday will be placed on a waiting list. 

What to Bring

It is recommended that you bring sturdy, closed-toed shoes, work gloves, a hat, sunscreen, water, lunch and a willingness to work and learn. Tools are provided but you may bring your own if you desire.

What will I be doing?

To get a better idea of what activities you might be performing on your volunteer day, please read this Construction Volunteer Job Description.

Minimum Age Requirements

The minimum age to volunteer on a construction site is 16. Both individuals and youth groups are encouraged to lend a helping hand. Volunteers aged 16 and 17 must have a Minor Permission Form signed by their parent or guardian allowing them to work at the build site. To comply with legal requirements and to provide proper supervision, there must be a minimum of one adult chaperone present for every two youth under the age of 18.

Corporate Groups 

Corporate Volunteer Days can be used as a reward for hard-working employees; an annual community service project; a team building experience; or simply a fun way to get to know your co-workers.  Submit the Group Interest Form and we can schedule your group right away!

Faith & Community Groups

San Diego Habitat has many ways for faith and community groups to partner with us.  Tell us about your group by submitting the Group Interest Form today.

Youth and School Groups

Youth volunteer groups are among our most enthusiastic and energetic.  We invite youth 16 years of age and older to volunteer on the construction site.  We ask that youth groups have a one to five, adult to youth volunteer ratio.   If you'd like to join us on a construction site, please have your adult contact submit a Group Interest Form today. 

Ready to get started?

Complete the Group Interest Form and our Community Engagement Manager will be in touch with you to coordinate your group.