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Volunteer: Out of Town Work Groups

For more information, please contact:

Volunteer Coordinator
volunteer@habitatbuffalo.org
(716) 204-0740 Ext. 106

Habitat for Humanity Buffalo has built a strong reputation on our ability to host groups willing to travel here to better our community. Most groups come for a week and work four or five days.

We have hosted groups as small as five people and as large as 40.

Tasks performed will depend on the number of people, their level of experience and of course Mother Nature.

Examples of jobs include:

  • installing vinyl siding
  • cleaning out donated houses
  • doing landscaping

We try to pair up volunteers from groups with our regulars to make the most of your time.

Housing

Housing can be arranged if necessary.

Examples of housing include:

  • local churches
  • retreat centers
  • local colleges

The location and type will depend on many factors. It is best to contact us to explore your housing options.

Who Can Participate?

We try to accommodate everyone who wants to participate.

Please contact us regarding waivers and opportunities for people under 16 years old:

  • ReStore opportunities
  • Opportunities at other non-profits we have partnered with
  • Youth 16 and younger cannot work on a construction site due to New York State Law

When Can You Help?

We work all year long.

  • Spring (around the Easter holiday) and in early Summer (after school gets out of session) are popular times
  • If you are planning a trip, it is better to call us in advance
    • We always appreciate the help but we have many groups that return every year and available spots fill up quick

What You’ll Need to Bring

  • Clothes to work in
  • Closed toe shoes, preferably work boots but sneakers are ok
  • Donations are appreciated; used to offset the cost of supervision and materials used during your time in Buffalo
    • $100 per person suggested
  • Specific requirements for linens, sleeping bags and/or towels can be arranged once you are in contact with us.
  • Tools (optional); we will have all the tools and materials required on site
  • A willing but patient attitude
    • It is often stressful to travel a long distance, be around people you might not know really well and be expected to wake up early and do work you are not used to doing. We strive to plan for most issues that may arise but sometimes it rains all week, sometimes a delivery is delayed. These situation, although rare, are learning experiences for both you and us.

Things to Do in Buffalo

  • Buffalo is well known for its snow, believe it or not there isn’t any in the summer
  • Visit great 19th century architecture, beaches on Lake Erie and world class museums
  • Many free or inexpensive community events and concerts
  • For a complete list of things to do: Click Here
  • Niagara Falls is a 30 minute drive from the City of Buffalo
    • Special note: if you plan on going to Canada
      • you will need a passport
      • There are also restrictions for traveling with youth groups over the border
      • Please plan accordingly, so you are not disappointed

Habitat for Humanity International operates an alternative Spring break called Collegiate Challenge. The program seeks to develop leaders through service. More information for this program can be found here.