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. Build days are popular for all types of groups because they’re equally fun and rewarding. At the end of the day, you’ll see the fruits of your labor: a finished project that fills a need immediately. You’ll get to witness firsthand the impact you’re having on a homeowner’s life.
Additional Details & Requirements
Explore the group requirements, process, and additional information to learn more about our group volunteer opportunities. When you’re ready, complete a volunteer application to set up your group’s very own Build Day!
Group Size, Age, and Skill Requirements
An ideal group size is 8-12 people. If you’ve got more, we’ll typically split into two groups. This allows each person to stay busy and engaged all day.
Unlike other organizations, Rebuild Upstate doesn’t have an age limit. We simply require that all groups with persons under 18 have a reasonable adult-to-youth ratio. This ratio will depend on the specific ages of your volunteers. If you’d like to volunteer with a younger group, let us know and we’ll help you figure out what will work well.
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. This should be done 8+ weeks ahead of time. Build days can be scheduled for any day of the week, including Saturdays.
Step Two: Finalize a Date
Once a project date is finalized, the group coordinator recruits 8-12 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.
Use this Group Coordinator Packet to help you prepare your group.
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). These include:
- Floor replacement
- Wheelchair ramp builds
- 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 + Volunteering
Rebuild Upstate values the safety of our homeowners, volunteers, and staff. In addition to standard on-site safety procedures, please note these safety measures specific to COVID-19:
- Rebuild Upstate COVID-19 Volunteer Procedures
- COVID-19 Group Coordinator “Building for Success” Packet
Here are a few of the basics:
- A maximum of ten people will be permitted on-site. This includes your Rebuild Upstate Site Leader.
- Volunteers must be 13+ to volunteer on-site.
- Volunteers must wear a mask to serve.
A Day in the Life on Site
What to Expect on Your Build Day
Arrival & Orientation
Group volunteers arrive to the worksite between 8-9am 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 out tasks
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.