FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about volunteering at Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity (PPHFH)

Q: Who can I contact about volunteer programs?

A: For volunteering on the construction site, email Sarah Buchen at volunteer@pikespeakhabitat.org. For volunteering at the ReStore, call Alesia Simpson at 719.667.0840 ext. 101.

Q: What are the age restrictions to volunteer?

A: At the construction site, you must be 16 years or older to volunteer. Minors 16 and 17 years old will need to complete our youth waiver with parents in order to be allowed on the site on their own.

Anyone 12 years old and over is welcome to explore other options with our Habitat ReStore. Parents or guardians should be prepared to volunteer with their children for those opportunities up to age 16.

Q: How large can my volunteer group be?

A: We can accommodate up to 20 people for each construction site.  The ReStore can accommodate for groups up to 50 on a regular day.

Q: What should I wear when volunteering with PPHFH?

A: Dress for the weather! Close-toed shoes are MANDATORY. Be prepared to work on projects that will be inside or outside. We recommend dressing in layers to prepare for the cold winds or calm, warm days. We also recommend lightweight pants and long-sleeved shirts to protect the skin from irritating weeds, insulation, or chemicals.

Q: Can I volunteer at Pikes Peak Habitat's business office?

A: You sure can! For more information please email our business office at office@pikespeakhabitat.org.

Q: When does PPHFH build?

A: All 12 months of the year.

Q: Do I need any previous building experience to volunteer on the construction site?

A: No. Many of our volunteers have never picked up a hammer before coming out to our construction site. All you need is a passion to make a difference and a willingness to get your hands dirty.

Q: Do I need to bring my own tools, etc.?

A: No, we provide all building and safety materials you will need to work on our construction site. Please just always wear closed-toes shoes on the construction site.

Q: Do I need to print out evidence that I have completed the safety course?

A: No, we receive emails upon completion.

Q: How often do I need to complete a safety waiver?

A: Construction safety waivers are renewed every January.

Q: How will I know if my volunteer event gets canceled?

A: You will receive a cancellation email. Most often the build cancellation policy follows the school district where the construction site is located. For weather condition and cancellation, updates call, 719-475-7800 then press 2.

Q: How do I register a group?

A: Groups can register two ways 1) the main point of contact signs up for the number of volunteers in the group or 2) each group member signs themselves up through GivePulse for that day.

If the main contact signs up everyone, they are responsible for communicating all the information and location details to the other group members. This means there will be no direct line of communication between Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity and your group members.

If each group member signs themselves up, each team member will get notices of reminders, location details, and potentially cancellation notices.

Q: What will I be doing on the construction site?

A: 90% of our homes are built by volunteers so we do not have a set construction schedule but most common projects are fencing, foundation, framing, landscaping, painting, roofing, and installing vinyl siding.

Q: Where can I park?

A: There is roadside parking available at our construction site.

Q: Will there be a bathroom on the construction site?

A: Yes, we have portable toilets.

Q: Is lunch provided for us on the construction site?

A: No, volunteers are welcome to bring a lunch and eat on site or go off-site for lunch. Lunch is from 12-1 pm.

Q: How do I volunteer at the ReStore?

A: To volunteer as a group or individual, please call Alesia Simpson at 719- 667-0841 ext. 101 to schedule an orientation. ReStore volunteer orientations are Monday through Saturday, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Please schedule orientations - no new orientation walk-ins. Shifts are 9 am – 1 pm or 1 – 5 pm and the ReStore is open Monday through Saturday.