Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut is volunteer driven. The Board of Directors, the committees, the family partners, the builders, the ReStore staff and the office support are nearly all volunteers.
All Volunteers must take the 1 hour Foundations of Habitat Orientation and Safety Training Class before volunteering.
This Training Teaches -
Please sign up for the volunteer training through our online sign up system, volunteer up. For dirrections on how to use this click here.
Court Ordered Community Service volunteers are required to notify the site leader of pertinent information on the first day of volunteering by submitting the Court Ordered Community Service Notification Form. The form can be printed by clicking here or picked up at the Foundations of Habitat Training and Orientation. If this form is not submitted, HFHECT will not sign or provide a community service hour’s acknowledgment.
Volunteer Up - For detailed directions on how to use the online sign up calendar, called volunteer up, click here.
Encourage others to become involved - Click here to view a Handout on what Habitat for Humanity is and how to begin volunteering. This makes a great handout for your school, business, local coffee shop, as bulletin insert, flyer and more. Use this document to print the handouts double sided. Then cut each page into 2 handouts.
Build Days are: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and some Sundays. You must register for construction activities. Sign up online through Volunteer UP.
Please note: Volunteers under age 16 are not permitted on the build site in accordance with Connecticut State labor laws. Volunteers between the ages of 16 and 18 must be accompanied by an adult, and are not allowed to use power tools.
Please dress in layers, which can be modified as the day progresses.
There will be tools on site, but many people prefer to use their own tools. You are welcome to bring small tools, but please do not bring any handmade tools or power tools. Remember to label your personal tools before the day and take them home with you when you leave.
Sandals or other open-toed shoes are not permitted on the work site.
Volunteers with professional skills like plumbers, electricians, sheetrock taping and other technical fields are always needed.Please call our office at 860-442-7890 x215 to let us know you are interested in providing these type of services.
In effort to help preserve the environment and our budget, please bring a water bottle and a to-go coffee mug that can be refilled throughout the day.
Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut operates a ReStore in Waterford and Putnam, CT.
The store sells new and gently used appliances, furniture and building materials. All proceeds are used in the creation of simple, decent housing through the mission of HFHECT.
The ReStore needs volunteers interested in staffing the store. The ReStore is in particular need of individuals who can come on a regular basis. Some tasks include stocking, cleaning, organizing, register support, loading merchandise office support and much more.
Please note: Volunteers at the ReStore must be at least 14 years old. Anyone under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult when volunteering.
To volunteer at the ReStore, sign up through VOLUNTEER UP.
There are many ways volunteers can contribute to the mission of providing decent shelter. Volunteers help staff and manage tasks in the office, participate in committees whose efforts include public relations, strategic planning, personnel development, family selection and support, resource development, ReStore development, events, site selection and more.
If you would like to help on a committee or in the office please attend the Foundations of Habitat Training and Orientation and then contact Volunteer Relations to talk about where you would best fit as an administrative volunteer.
Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut (HFHECT) looks to engage youth of all ages in the efforts to eliminate substandard housing. Youth are encouraged to do age appropriate activities independently and as groups on Habitat's behalf.
If you are looking to make a donation to Youth Programs of Habitat for Humanity please include a letter with your donation stating that you would like it to be put towards Youth Programs and write "Youth Programs" on the memo line. You can also make a donation online by clicking here. Please be sure to put "Youth Programs" in the special instructions section.
Schools and youth groups from throughout the area are about to be running the third annual Nickels for Nails coin collection drive to benefit the mission of Habitat for Humanity. The money raised will go towards a youth sponsored and built home in New London County. In addition 10% of all funds raised will be tithed to Habitat for Humanity in Egypt, Guatemala, and Haiti to help families escape poverty housing in those areas as well.