Fill out an individual volunteer application on VolunteerMatch, or at the bottom of our Volunteering page. A confirmation email with more details will be sent after you are confirmed for a shift.

Your time is valuable to you and to us and we want for you to have a positive volunteer experience. For safety and practical reasons, the accepted number of volunteers on a site is 3-8. Pre-registering for a build day enables us to provide food on scheduled lunch days, assign tasks and maintain a good volunteers experience for everyone.

Did you read through the FAQs and still have questions? Are you unable to make it to a volunteer orientation?

Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 208-762-4663 x 4 or volunteer@northidahohabitat.org for more information.

  • ADULT Waiver– Volunteers aged 18 and older. Get fill-able form
  • YOUTH Waiver– Volunteers aged 16 and 17. Get fill-able form

All volunteers must bring a signed waiver to the construction their first shift and complete the online safety course before coming out to the site. These materials need to be renewed each calendar year.

Do I need to print out evidence that I have taken the safety course?
No. We receive completion certificates from the website where you completed your quiz, so we are aware of who has completed the quiz and who has not. There is no need to print out confirmation.

No. You do not need significant construction or volunteering experience before signing up. Many of our volunteers have never picked up a hammer before coming out to the Habitat for Humanity site. All you need is a passion to make a difference and a willingness to get your hands dirty on the construction sites.

We frequently work with volunteers with limited construction experience. Site supervisors will provide day-of training and supervision.

To volunteer as a group or individual please apply for a shift here. You will then be contacted regarding your request. Orientations are conducted on a case by case basis at the ReStore. Shifts are at least three hours.

The ReStore is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

You must be 16 years or older to volunteer on the construction site. Minors 16 and 17 years old will need to complete our youth wavier with parents in order to be allowed on the site on their own.

Anyone 15 and under is welcome to explore other options with our Habitat ReStore. Parents should be prepared to volunteer with their children for those opportunities.

Shifts are generally limited to 8 volunteers. To schedule a group, please do one of the following:

The building location will be listed in the project description on the volunteer calendar. When you register for your build day, you will receive a confirmation email that will also include the address and a map. If you have any questions, contact the volunteer coordinator at 208-762-4663 ext. 4 or volunteer@northidahohabitat.org.

Each year a new waiver has to be filled out by volunteers. A waiver is valid until the end of December, then a new one needs to be completed in January of the next year. If you have completed one safety course, you are welcome to select another from the list of safety courses on the training website. The suggestion is one safety course a year.

The need for affordable housing never sleeps, which means we build all year long! Construction sign-ups are open three months from today. Each week new days open up for potential booking. To schedule more than three months in advance, see our Adopt A Day opportunities.

You will receive a cancellation email. Cancellations occur by 7:30am. Cancellations most often occur for excessive rain or when the temperatures are expected below freezing for the day. If you are registered with a group, your group leader will be notified of cancellation and will in turn notify the group.

Yes. A day that is booked up does not have any bold dates.

Hovering over an event on the calendar will open a window that tells you how many slots are still available at that time. If there are no slots available, it will say “FULL” or “reserved”. We build Tuesday and Saturday. The ReStore is open Monday through Saturday if you cannot find a volunteer shift on the construction site.

Groups can sign up two ways:

  1. A main point of contact completes and sends in the group inquiry form, or
  2. Each group member signs themselves up on VolunteerMatch.

If a main contact signs up everyone, they are responsible for communicating all the information and location details to the other group members. This means there will be no direct line of communication between North Idaho Habitat for Humanity and your group members.

If each group member signs themselves up, each team member will get notices of reminders, location details, and (potentially) cancellation notices. However, if the group member waits to long to sign up, then they could lose the slot to someone outside the group that wants to volunteer.

To book a group of 4 or more or for more information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 208-762-4663 ext. 4 or volunteer@northidahohabitat.org.

You should receive a confirmation in your email inbox almost immediately after signing up for the shift. Check your junk mail folder if you do not receive it. If your email was input incorrectly upon sign up, this could also affect the receipt of a confirmation email.

No. You must request from our open months. If you’re looking to book outside of the dates available, please see our Adopt A Day opportunities.

After you register for a build day, you will receive an email with location and instructions for the day, including where to park.

For our larger developments, there is plenty of parking.

After you register for a build day, you will receive an email with location and instructions for the day, including where to park.

For repairs and in-fill builds, we encourage you and/or team members to carpool. Many times we will be building in neighborhoods. This means that we need to be respectful of neighbors needs for parking. Avoid parking in fire lanes, in front of driveways, and right in front of the job site. Many times we need the space for deliveries or contractors when they work on a site.

Building is scheduled from 9am-4pm. Build days in the hotter months of July and August may start as early at 8am. Check with your Volunteer Coordinator to be sure. Please plan to arrive ten or fifteen minutes ahead of shift time to sign in and receive a Habitat briefing. Safety briefings are mandatory, so we ask that you arrive on-time. If you are late to the construction site, you may be asked to leave. This policy is to respect the time of staff and volunteers who have arrived at shift start.

Yes. Depending on the size of the site there is always one bathroom available, two for the larger sites. Most often these are portable toilets.

Yes. A water jug will be kept in the shade nearby (a porch, most likely) to stay hydrated, especially for sunny days.

Dress for the weather! Be prepared to get dirty and have fun!

Close-toed shoes only on the construction site. Work or hiking boots are preferred, but athletic closed-toed shoes will work.

Be prepared to work on projects that will be inside or outside.

We recommend dressing in layers to prepare for the cold winds or calm, warm days.

We also recommend light weight pants and long-sleeved shirts to protect the skin from irritating weeds, insulation, or chemicals.

No open-toes shoes including sandals, flip flops, dressy shoes. The more tread the better to prevent slips and falls.

Please bring a waiver, interest sheet (optional), water, snacks, sunglasses, sunscreen, and hat. For cold days, we recommend bringing hot chocolate or coffee in a thermos to stay warm.

Yes! The lunch break is from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Please feel free to bring a lunch and stay on the site for the break. Otherwise, you are welcome to leave the site, grab a lunch, and return in time for the afternoon shift at 1:00 PM.

Habitat will supply all the tools needed for your build day. Please return borrowed tools for the next crew of volunteers.

If you are interested in bringing your own tools, feel free to bring them. Please know that you run the risk of your tools getting broken or lost.

The basics include: safety glasses, pencil, utility knife, hammer, tape measure, work gloves, hard hats, and a tool belt.

Don’t forget to put your name on them!

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Habitat for Humanity of North Idaho. We welcome people from all walks of life to join us as we build simple, decent, affordable houses in partnership with God and families in need. By working side-by-side with the family who will live in the house, our volunteers experience for themselves the joy created when a family is able to realize their dream of home ownership.

Whether you’re an individual, corporate team, community/faith-based group, or just a handful of friends, there are many different ways for you to volunteer.  And you don’t need to have any particular skill-set.  We’ll show you what to do.

We recommend you attend one of our volunteer orientation sessions. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator to for the next available session; 208-762-4663 ext. 4. These sessions are not required but very helpful in having the best volunteer experience with Habitat for Humanity.

Register as a volunteer Here, or review our FAQs to answer any questions.

General Questions

Habitat for Humanity of North Idaho (HFHNI) was founded in 1989 as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a worldwide, non-profit ecumenical Christian housing ministry. Our mission is to eliminate substandard housing in Kootenai County by building and preserving safe, affordable homes.

Habitat is founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child should have a simple, decent, and affordable place to live in dignity and safety. Through partnership with the community and prospective homeowners, HFHNI builds and repairs homes with volunteer labor and donations.

We have built over 41 new homes and have completed over 85 home repairs in Kootenai County We also contribute 10% to the international tithe which has helped to build over a 38 homes outside of the United States.

It is only possible through the dedicated support of Corporate Sponsors, Gift-In-Kind Sponsors, Community Sponsors, Supporting Vendors and the time commitment of volunteers.

We average a 9-12 months per house, but each house can vary depending on weather, cancellations, and other external factors. We also average 20 home repairs per year.

For other questions, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, at 208-762-4663 ext. 4 or volunteer@northidahohabitat.org.

Habitat for Humanity of North Idaho