Individual Volunteers

Rebecca from Country Curtains fixes molding at 5-7 Hall Place in October 2016. Photo courtesy of the Berkshire Eagle.

Thank you for your interest in Habitat for Humanity! Volunteers make it possible for us to build simple, decent and affordable homes in partnership with local families in need. Whether it’s working on a committee, assisting in the office, or providing labor on a work site - our volunteers do it all!

Please note that 16 is the minimum age we allow on site. 16 and 17 year olds must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 25.

Work Site Greeter

Meet and greet all volunteers, ensure volunteers are signed in, and have proper applications/waivers completed. Present a short overview of Habitat and safety awareness. Oversee general safety of volunteers while onsite. Ensure volunteer experience is positive and fun to ensure participants will continue to volunteer.

Hospitality/Cooking

Volunteer your hospitality by providing food to construction volunteers. Cook, bake or donate a snack and/or lunch for volunteers hard at work on site each day. Our build days are generally Wednesdays and Saturdays. Click here to learn more how you or your business can become a Habitat Lunch & Restaurant Partner!

Committee Members

Without the necessary funds, we can’t build homes for families in need. Committee members are needed to plan events that raise money and awareness for our affiliate. Committees generally meet monthly and include:

  • Building
  • Site Selection
  • Finance
  • Homebuyer Selection
  • Resource Development (fundraising, event planning)
Office Volunteers

Office Volunteers do a variety of tasks assisting office staff and committees. An ideal office volunteer possesses good computer and organizational skills, and can work independently. Duties include data entry, filing, mailings, managing the phone and more!

Volunteer with Habitat

Volunteer at our ReStore

At ReStore, you don't have to lift a hammer to help.

 

From customer service to furniture repair, the Central Berkshire ReStore offers volunteer opportunities geared toward individual interests and skills. By giving your time, you can help our ReStore do more to support local building projects for those in need in our community. Volunteer roles at ReStore include:

  • Donation Ambassador assisting on truck pick-ups
  • Retail associate at the cashier
  • Floor associate helping shoppers find their home goods and organizing inventory
  • And more! 

Habitat for Humanity volunteers – both on construction sites and in Habitat ReStores – have helped more than 600,000 families in need own decent, affordable homes. Since the founding of our ReStore in 2010, Central Berkshire Habitat has more than doubled our capacity to serve families, build, and repair homes.

Call ReStore at (413) 443-2106 to see how you can be involved.

Volunteer at ReStore

Construction Volunteers

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Work Site Volunteers

Volunteering on the work site is a fun, hands-on opportunity for individuals and groups of all skill levels. No experience is required! Worksite volunteers work alongside partner families to provide the labor for all carpentry, roofing, siding, interior trim, painting, and landscaping.

Site Supervisors

We need people with construction knowledge who are experienced in many aspects of building to guide and supervise volunteers during the construction of Habitat homes.

For more information on our construction guidelines and policies, download the the Volunteer Handbook here.

Volunteer on the Jobsite

Money Coach

Dave (right) meets with Keesha almost twice a month to work on her finances. He's boosted her confidence so that she could ask for a raise at work, and helped her navigate securing an auto loan.

Building for Tomorrow Coaches

Share your money skills to help create a better life for a Pittsfield family! Central Join our Building for Tomorrow Financial Fitness one-on-one coaching program.  We want your good listening and communication skills, compassion, sense of humor and about 10 hours of your time each month. Training provided; no financial expertise necessary.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, contact Habitat at (413) 442-3181.

Corporate Team Building

A second group from General Dynamics participated in summer 2013 on our 166 Dewey Avenue build--our first handicap accessible home.

Better than a ropes course!

An affordable alternative to a traditional team building program! We're now offering team-building opportunities for local businesses and organizations. Groups of 5 to 15 people spend the day working together and learning more about one another while helping a local family in need. Strengthen your team today while supporting your community.

Benefits

  • Creates an environment of caring and cooperation
  • Builds a balanced team
  • Increases understanding of co-workers' ability
  • Builds a sense of community

What will they do there?

Participants will share in the experience of building a home together. Our day begins with an orientation and safety overview, followed by building activities on the worksite, with opportunities for discussion and reflection. Lunch is included in the registration cost.

How much does it cost?

Corporate Builds are an affordable team building exercise that won't strain your training budget. Choose one of three ways to sponsor your build:

  • Bronze Level: At minimum, groups must provide lunch for their members plus 10 servings for Habitat staff, Homebuyer Partners and regular volunteers whom may also volunteer on site that day.
  • Silver Level: Provide lunch and donate the cost of building materials (we can provide a quote for the project).
  • Gold Level: Sponsor $1,500 per building day, which will cover lunch, building materials and professional support staff.

For more information on our construction guidelines and policies, download the the Volunteer Handbook here.

Habitat team-building work day schedule.

8 to 8:30 a.m.: Registration, introductions and orientation.

8:30 to noon: Work on-site with Habitat staff and family partners.

Noon to 1 p.m.: Lunch

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Work on-site with Habitat staff and partners.

 

Schedule Your Volunteer Team

Collegiate Challenge

Students from Williams College spent their March 2016 spring break volunteering in the Berkshires, including a day building at 5-7 Hall Place. They continued demolition in the attic, prepping the front porch for take down, and landscaping.

Interested in spending your spring break participating in meaningful work? Consider signing up to volunteer with us!

Groups of 8-12 are welcomed to apply. Participants do not need previous construction experience to volunteer, just a good attitude and interest in learning new things!

Please note that 16 is the minimum age we allow on site. 16 and 17 year olds must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 25.

1. Choose a team Group Leader to start the process. The leader is responsible for organizing the day, becoming familiar with the Safety Checklist, and helping to ensure that volunteers have a safe work environment. It is suggested that you schedule your build day as far in advance as possible to ensure that you get the date of your choice.

2. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator to find out volunteer needs and pick a date. Recruit between five and 12 people to be on your team. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and there must be one adult for every four 16-17 yearolds in a group. Team members can be friends, co-workers, relatives, or people from your church or any other organization. Please Note: Unless we are landscaping, we are unable to accept groups of more than 12 people. If your group exceeds 12 people you may consider scheduling an additional group day.

3. To offset the cost of building, we encourage groups to raise funds to cover material costs for that day.

Pledges: Team members may use a Pledge Sheet to obtain sponsorships from friends, co-workers, relatives, etc. If you work for a corporation, check to see if your company matches funds. Many companies will match funds for every dollar that you raise (or for every hour that you perform community service work). Be sure to talk to your company's Human Resources Department to see how they can help. 

Fundraisers: Consider sponsoring a bake sale after church services or host a special event to raise funds.

4. If you need to reschedule your workday, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at least two weeks before your build day.  

5. Your build date(s) will not be booked until you receive confirmation from our Volunteer Coordinator via phone or e-mail.

Schedule Your Collegiate Challenge

Faith Into Action

A group from St. Stephen's Church continued rehab and demo at 5-7 Hall Place in April 2016.

Faith in Action Committee members connect the faith community to Habitat.

Activities and responsibilities may include increasing awareness within the faith community about Habitat’s mission, visiting with clergy and missions outreach/social justice committees, making public presentations about the role of the faith community within the local Habitat affiliate and the global movement against poverty at large, creating/updating and distributing informational materials, serving as a liaison between Habitat and the faith community to maintain communications, planning local events and fundraisers, and brainstorming to keep the program efficient, mutually beneficial, and thriving!

"Connecting the Hammer and the Heart, Putting Faith into Action"

Circles of Faith-House Sponsorship

Circles of Faith are collectives of congregations and other faith-based groups who come together and champion a house. From the pledging to the planning to the building to the landscaping to the dedication to a new family/homeowner, the entire process from start to finish is completed by these volunteers with the support of Habitat For Humanity.

Habitat For Humanity is currently looking to form two new Circles of Faith for our next building projects. The volunteer opportunities through Circles of Faith are endless. You can swing a hammer, handle bookkeeping, make lunch for the build site, plan fundraising events, and more!

Schedule Your Faith Group

Faith Relations is committed to:

  • Helping to break the cycle of poverty
  • Helping low-income families become homeowners
  • Transforming neighborhoods through home ownership

 

Volunteer Opportunities with Faith Relations include:

  • Fundraising/events
  • House sponsorship
  • Providing amenities (snacks and lunch)
  • Outreach committee
  • Building homes!

Putting faith into action is different than thoughts and words. Putting faith into action changes a house of worship from a place you go to a thing you do. It is a mindset for all days of the week and is a tangible expression of your connection with a higher power. Putting Faith into Action helps to eliminate poverty and creates sustainable impact in community development. If we are on our way to changing the world, let’s start at our places of worship!

Benefits

Creating a partnership between your house of worship and Habitat forms a relationship of bountiful benefits! Putting your faith into action…

  • Provides houses of worship with an easy way to engage in a ministry with an established  housing organization that has an excellent reputation
  • Allows a house of worship to participate in a ministry of service that has a beginning and an end (building a home)
  • Provides members with a tangible opportunity to put faith into action locally
  • Builds community within the congregation and among all who work on a Habitat project Provides for important and meaningful connections among people of faith
  • Gives individuals with a variety of skills the chance to respond to the needs of others
  • Attracts new members and involves inactive members by seeing tangible results of their faith-inspired efforts as they work side by side with others
  • Communicates the message of being a caring and compassionate congregation called to action
  • Helps generate a healthy pride within the congregation, and stirs enthusiasm among the members to seek more opportunities for ministry
  • Answers the call to serve the poor
  • Touches the lives of people around you that otherwise might not be encountered
  • Forms strong relationships with other groups of faith and within your own congregation
  • Fosters a deeper commitment to spiritual life
  • Strengthens prayer and the trust that a higher power will provide the materials, the funds, the good weather, and everything else that one may worry about

AmeriCorps

Our 2016-2017 AmeriCorps VISTA and National service members (from left): Brian, Raven, Libby, Daniel, and Christian.

Serve with AmeriCorps and help us meet the housing needs of communities and families throughout the United States. AmeriCorps is a national service opportunity. Service members earn a stipend while serving in a variety of roles to help us operate more efficiently and effectively and to serve more families. Click here to visit the official website.

Today, about 46 million Americans live in poverty. Through AmeriCorps State and National and AmeriCorps VISTA, you can make a tangible difference. And, you’ll find the fulfillment that comes from using your knowledge and skills to help those in disadvantaged circumstances turn their dreams into reality.

VISTA was founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 as a national service program designed specifically to fight poverty in America. In 1993, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs, including State and National, FEMACorps, NCCC and SeniorCorps.

Download Information on CBHFH AmeriCorps Opportunities

What is AmeriCorps VISTA?

AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Authorized in 1964 and founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993. VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 45 years.

What VISTA Members Do?

VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more. Rather than direct service, you are a building capacity at your host site to create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.

Apply for AmeriCorps VISTA

What is AmeriCorps State and National?

AmeriCorps State and National supports a wide range of local service programs that engage thousands of Americans in intensive community service each year. The Corporation for National and Community Service provides federal grants to a network of local and national organizations and agencies committed to using national service to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.

What State and National Members Do?

State and National members participate in direct service with their host site organization. Most opportunities are full-time for one year. Through AmeriCorps and Habitat for Humanity, you will be on the job site building and teaching to forge a stronger community for those in need.

More about AmeriCorps State/National

Am I Ready to Serve?

Habitat AmeriCorps VISTA and National candidates must possess:

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Basic computer or internet proficiency
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel
  • Reliable transportaation
  • Occasional evening and weekend availability for special events
    *AmeriCorps National positions will be expected to work a Tuesday-Saturday schedule
  • Collaborative team ethic and willingness to learn
  • Ability to work respectfully with diverse communities

Ideal candidates for all positions have:

  •  At least 2 years college or professional working experience
  • High computer proficiency
  • Self-motivates to innovate and work diligently
  • Passionate about social justice, affordable housing, and improving the community
Learn More About AmeriCorps