Frequently Asked Questions

 Your questions, answered:
  1. What is the group size for build days?
    Generally, build groups are often limited to 10 to 15 participants though each city and build site varies, so please check with your local program coordinator (see Cities &Contacts note) for specific information for your community. These limitations are based on the number of Habitat staff and volunteers who are able to supervise the participants and ensure site safety. For the safety of your participants, please adhere to these limitations.
  2. What time does the team need to be at the site?
    Each city varies, so please check with your local program coordinator (see Cities & Contacts note) for specific information for your community.
  3. Do I need construction experience to participate?
    No, Habitat for Humanity is specifically designed so that anyone can participate. The on-site crew carefully creates tasks that can be performed by its volunteers and then supervises the volunteers throughout the day. Because safety is foremost at Habitat for Humanity, all volunteers will receive on site equipment and safety training at the beginning of the build day. The most complicated work, including plumbing and electrical work, is performed by professionals.
  4. When will participating firms receive directions?
    A few weeks before the build, your local program coordinator will contact you to provide directions the build location(s). Your program coordinator will also provide more information about attire, food and other build-day considerations.
  5. What happens if it rains?
    The build goes on as planned, rain or shine. The on-site crew can usually arrange indoor activities, such as dry wall work or painting, in the event of bad weather. Even on days with inclement weather, our Buildable Hours firms have still had a great time!
  6. What time does the day conclude?
    The day usually concludes in the late afternoon. Each city varies, so please check with your local program coordinator (see Cities & Contacts note) for specific information for your community.
  7. Does Buildable Hours recommend we bring cameras to the build?
    Absolutely! We encourage firms to bring digital cameras to the site and create a Facebook album at https://www.facebook.com/BuildableHours for your build. Album titles should follow the formula: “YEAR - FIRM NAME - CITY”
  8. What is the process for participating in Buildable Hours?
    First, send an e-mail to buildablehoursdc@lw.com, or fill out the form below to get more information on how to sign your firm up for Buildable Hours. You will be sent instructions from your program coordinator regarding registration and completing liability waivers prior to your build as well as all information pertaining to your build date. Please wear appropriate shoes and clothing and don’t forget to coordinate lunch ahead of time for your team!! Finally, HAVE FUN!
  9. Can we use the Buildable Hours logo for our firm's T-Shirts, hats, etc.?
    If you are a firm partner of Buildable Hours, yes, contact buildablehoursdc@lw.com for more information.

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