Single Day Activities (Individuals)

Q. What tasks will I be expected to complete?
A. Teams of volunteers may assist with renovations, landscaping, gardening, and minor repairs for peoplewho are experiencing homelessness, , escaping domestic violence, or recovering from disasters or susceoptible to future disasters. The families and partners we work with in Australia require help with a large range of different jobs. Within the last year we have painted walls, rebuilt fencing, laid pavers, built rock gardens, potted new flora, painted shelters, and removed debris. We will always find a task for you to do that is within your capabilities and level of comfort.

Q. How many days can I volunteer?
A. You can join us for as many days as you like – from one day per year to 3 or 4 a week! We add plenty of options about a month in advance, so keep an eye on the calendar!

Q. How do you decide who to help?
A. We work with local partners and community groups who refer projects volunteers may assist based on priority and the need. For the bushfire recovery and resilience program we will help almost anybody who asks for assistance, and who can host a team of volunteers safely. 

Q. When will I know the exact address? 
A. While we can tell you the region you will be working in, as we work with vulnerable communities and manage multiple projects you will be informed of the exact location roughly 1 to 2 weeks prior to the volunteer day. This is to ensure the safety of those we are assisting.

Q. What do I need to wear? 
A. Suitable comfortable work clothes (they will get dirty and sometimes paint on them) and enclosed footwear. Work boots are recommended. A Habitat t-shirt and cap will be provided. Habitat tools, equipment and safety protection gear will be available on site.

Q. Will food be provided? 
A. We ask everyone to bring their own lunch and snacks to site. This is to ensure that every dietary requirement is catered for and COVID safety is practiced.

Q. What should I bring to site? 
A. Comfortable work clothes and enclosed shoes (work boots and long pants are recommended), sunscreen, water bottle, wide brim hat, and any lunch/snacks.

Q. Do I have to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to come to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Australia?
A. Yes, you do. The safety of our volunteers, staff and beneficiaries is our top priority. As we often work with vulnerable groups within the community, we require that all volunteers and Habitat’s volunteer supervisors be vaccinated against COVID-19. Volunteers must present their vaccination certificate prior to an activity. If you're unable to be vaccinated due to medical reasons, you'll need to send us your Immunisation History Statement which displays medical contraindications to COVID-19 vaccines reported to the Australian Immunisation Register.

Q. How do I get to the work site?
A. You will need your own transportation to get to the work site. 

Q. Can I bring a corporate group on a day with me?
A. For corporate bookings, please visit our Brush with Kindness page to see available dates and programs that suit your company’s needs. 

Q. What happens if I cancel my volunteer day
A. You can cancel your volunteer day anytime. We just ask that you log into the Volunteer portal account and remove yourself from the day as soon as you know you can’t make it. Late cancellations may result in the day having to cancelled so please notify us as soon as possible so we can set expectations with the people we are helping.  

Q. What personal health and safety issues are involved?
A. Volunteering activities usually involve some vigorous physical activity. Team members must be reasonably fit and in good physical health. You are encouraged to consult your doctor or regarding your personal health if you have concerns.

Q. Have more questions?
A. If you have more questions that haven’t been answered above then please call the Volunteering team on 1800 88 55 99 or email us at volunteer@habitat.org.au


Corporate Volunteering

Q. What is Brush with Kindness?
A. The Brush with Kindness program mobilises teams of corporate volunteers to conduct renovations, landscaping, gardening, and minor repairs to the homes and accomodation of people who are experiencing homelessness, are disadvantaged, recovering from or preparing for disasters or escaping domestic violence. The one-day group activity is an opportunity for your employees, colleagues, or partners to come together and spend time out of the office – no building skills are required! They will enjoy an opportunity to make a life-changing impact in the community for people who are less fortunate and have some fun getting their hands dirty!

Q. When will I know the exact address? 
A. While the activity will usually be within 60-90 minutes of the CBD, as we work with vulnerable communities you will be informed of the exact location roughly 1-2 weeks prior  to the volunteer day. This is to ensure the safety of those we are assisting.

Q. How many volunteers can participate each day?
A. We generally host teams of up to 10 people, and up to 15 people in NSW & QLD for an additional contribution of $750 + GST, which funds a second Site Supervisor (required by Work, Health and Safety laws and to ensure a safe activity for your team). Volunteer team numbers need to be agreed and confirmed with Habitat at the time of booking (4 to 6 weeks prior to the activity.)

Q. What do I need to wear? 
A. Suitable comfortable work clothes (they will get dirty and sometimes paint on them) and enclosed footwear (work boots are recommended). A Habitat t-shirt and cap will be provided. Habitat tools, equipment and safety protection gear will be available on site.

Q. Will food be provided? 
A. During the COVID-19 pandemic food is not being provided to ensure the safety of all involved.  

Q. What should I bring to site? 
A. Comfortable work clothes and enclosed shoes (boots and long pants are recommended) sunscreen, water bottle, wide brim hat.

Q. Why do we need to pay $5,000 for the day?
A.  We ask our corporate supporters for a financial contribution in order to cover the day's activities as well as to support our wider programs in Australia and overseas.   We know that the volunteer experience wel provide is an amazing team-building experience for  your staff and will contribute to your organisation’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) goals. The financial contribution for the volunteer activity is required to be paid as soon as you select your preferred date and have confirmed the team size. An invoice will be sent to the main corporate contact.   

Q. Do I have to be fully vaccinated to come to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Australia?
A. Yes, you do. The safety of our volunteers, staff and beneficiaries is our top priority. As we often work with vulnerable groups within the community, we require that all volunteers and Habitat’s volunteer supervisors be vaccinated against COVID-19. Volunteers must present their vaccination certificate prior to an activity. If you're unable to be vaccinated due to medical reasons, you'll need to send us your Immunisation History Statement which displays medical contraindications to COVID-19 vaccines reported to the Australian Immunisation Register.

Q. How do I get to the work site?
A. You will need your own form of transportation (car) to get to the work site. We do not recommend taking public transportation as the sites are usually far from any bus stop or train station.

Q. What level of personal fitness is required?
A. A volunteering activity usually involves some vigorous physical activity. Team members must be reasonably fit and in good physical health. You are encouraged to consult your doctor regarding your personal health if you have any concerns. 

Q. What safety issues are involved?
A. Prior to the day we ask that each volunteer complete a short online Work Health and Safety induction. Habitat for Humanity provides a Site Supervisor trained in health, safety and first aid requirements. Each group receives an induction prior to working, informing them of all OH&S and privacy requirements and we adhere to strict policy frameworks to ensure the safety of both volunteers and partner families.

Q. What happens if Habitat cancels the volunteering day?
A. From time to time we may have to postpone or cancel an activity for reasons beyond our control. If this occurs we will notify you in advance and will refund your contribution, or offer an alternative activity.

Q. What happens if we cancel our volunteering day?
A. The contribution includes a non-refundable deposit of $1,500. If an activity is cancelled by your organisation within four weeks before the scheduled activity, we will retain $1,500 to cover program costs already incurred. If cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the commencement time of the activity we will retain 50% of the contribution due to the resourcing in preparation for the activity.

Q. Have more questions?
A. If you have more questions that haven’t been answered above then please call the Partnerships team on 1800 88 55 99 or email us at partnerships@habitat.org.au