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Group Volunteering

Group Volunteer Opportunities

A Team Building Experience Like No Other

Group volunteers at Rebuild come in all types and sizes. We’ve welcomed church groups, community groups, groups of friends, and businesses both small and large. Group volunteers don’t need to have any special training, just the ability to lift some lumber and work outside!

We call our group volunteer days “build days” because you’ll be doing just that—getting your hands dirty while working on a home improvement project for a neighbor. At the end of the day, you’ll see the fruits of your labor: a finished project that fills a need immediately. You’ll witness firsthand the impact you’re having on a homeowner’s life.

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Additional Details & Requirements

Explore the group requirements, process, and additional information to learn more about our group volunteer opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic. When you’re ready, reach out to our team to discuss opportunities to serve your neighbor!

Group Size, Age, and Skill Requirements

An ideal group size is 7-10 individuals. If you’ve got more, we’ll typically split the build into two shifts of two groups. This allows each person to stay busy and engaged all day.

All ages are welcome on-site, as long as the team arranges for appropriate adult supervision. We really mean it when we say that our group volunteers don’t need to have any previous building experience! We’ll work with you to find a project that meets your group’s skill level. We’ll also provide the materials, tools, safety equipment, and a trained Site Leader to lead your project.

How It Works

Step One: Contact Rebuild Upstate

A volunteer group coordinator contacts Rebuild Upstate to choose a project date and indicate which community they’d like to serve. Build days can be scheduled for any day of the week, including Saturdays. The Rebuild Upstate team member will ask additional questions to determine if there are opportunities available for your team. We recommend reaching out 8+ weeks ahead of time.

Step Two: Finalize a Date

Once a project date is finalized, the group coordinator recruits 7-10 coworkers, friends, or church members to participate in the Build Day.

Step Three: Prepare Your Group

In the days leading up to the Build Day, Rebuild Upstate will communicate specifics about the build day to the group coordinator. This will include project specifics, information about the homeowner you’ll be helping, what to wear, where to park, and any other special considerations.

The group coordinator will communicate with their team members regarding COVID-19 safety.

Step Four: Show Up Ready to Build!

The volunteer group attends the Build Day and repairs a home for a neighbor in need.

Types of Projects

Most of our group projects are one-day projects (7-9 hours on-site), indoors or outdoors. These may include:

  • Wheelchair ramp builds
  • Accessibility repairs, such as a porch or deck
  • Vinyl or cement siding replacement
  • Window replacement

Our volunteer groups can also help with roof repair or replacement. This type of project is ideal for a group that’s looking for a multi-day project (usually 2-3 days).

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

Rebuild Upstate values the safety of our homeowners, volunteers, and staff. In addition to standard on-site safety procedures, please note these updated safety measures specific to COVID-19.

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A Day in the Life on Site

What to Expect on Your Build Day

Arrival & Orientation

Group volunteers arrive to the worksite between 8:00-8:30 am and are greeted by their Site Leader. The Site Leader takes you through a brief orientation:

  • Check-in and safety talk
  • Overview of project and plan for completion
  • Tour of the tool shed and introduction to the equipment needed for the day
  • Assigning tasks
Build Time

Once assigned tasks, volunteers start work on the project. This typically looks like:

  • 3-4 volunteers for framing
  • 2-3 volunteers for cutting boards
  • 2-3 volunteers for laying deck boards

Since build days are an all day event, lunch breaks are scheduled in for about 12pm. Each group is responsible for providing their own lunch

After the project is complete, volunteers clean up the worksite, pack up the toolshed and head home. Often the homeowners will come out to view the completed work and thank the team.

Not sure if this is right for your group?

Let’s talk and find the best ways to use your strengths to serve the Upstate.

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