Volunteers are the backbone of Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley's mission, enabling us to bring a community together to transform lives and help neighborhoods thrive.
With volunteer opportunities in the East Bay and Silicon Valley, building homes or behind the scenes, everyone can make a difference.
Your support, time, and heart make dreams a reality. We invite you to join us as we empower families and change the future.
No skills or previous experience is necessary. Our sites provide all the training you will need!
We provide all the tools you’ll need. If you have a favorite hammer or other tools you’d like to use, please be sure to label personal tools with your name.
Please wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty and sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Most volunteers wear:
We ask that volunteers commit to the full time span of any event. That way, everyone receives all the key orientation and safety instructions at the start of the event and helps through cleanup at the end. If you are unable to commit to a full day, some volunteer opportunities offer half day options.
Habitat staff will be happy to sign any forms that verify volunteer hours once your hours have been completed. So please remember to bring your forms with you.
If you do not have a form, we are happy to provide an hours verification letter after your last day of service by:
For safety reasons, all volunteers must be at least 16 years old– even with a parent/guardian. Volunteers ages 16 - 18 must bring a signed minor waiver form with them to site.
If you are 15 or younger, we have a few alternative volunteer options such as fundraising, handing out flyers, or preparing lunch for site volunteers.
For safety reasons, we will close the site in the event of heavy rain, but we generally work through light showers. After 7:00am on the morning of your volunteer day, call 510-251-6304 and follow prompt #7. If the site is closed due to rain, the message will say so. If the message makes no mention of rain, assume the site is open.
We offer a variety of different volunteer opportunities for groups of any size. If you are part of a company looking to volunteer, please visit our Company Team Building page for more information. If you have five or more participants and are part of a school, community, faith, or other group, please visit our Faith & Community Groups page for more information.
“I greatly value the opportunity to positively affect people’s lives, as happens with families buying the homes Habitat builds.”
Mike Heller, Habitat Volunteer