With so many great donations coming in, the ReStores really need volunteers! Volunteers in the ReStore handle a variety of duties, including customer service, furniture restoration, appliance & equipment repair and donation inventory & pricing. Volunteers need to be 16 and older and the experience can be great for seniors and their friends.
Volunteers are always welcome! Please note you MUST take an orientation at each ReStore you volunteer with.
Sign up online to volunteer at the Newport News ReStore!
Sign up online to volunteer at the Yorktown ReStore!
Sign up online to volunteer at the Williamsburg ReStore!
If you are unable to sign up online, please contact the ReStore you would like to volunteer with during business hours Monday through Saturday.
Newport News: Katie Turk at 757-427-8128
Williamsburg: Amy Criss at 757-913-5662
Yorktown: Gary McFadden at 757-913-5648
Grab Your Group and Volunteer with Us
Groups play a huge part in our mission, because it takes a big community to build a community. If you are the point of contact for a group and you would like to sign up to volunteer, use our Volunteer Group Request Form to to schedule, especially if the date preferred is not listed on the Volunteer Hub calendar.
We normally schedule construction and repair dates no more than 30 days in advance.
If the date your group wants to volunteer is on the calendar and has space, visit the volunteer calendar to register your group by selecting the number in the group while scheduling. Don’t forget to count yourself! You are also able to input emails on that screen so group members can receive the confirmation email and the reminder email along with you.
Try to limit volunteering to no more than one Saturday a month to allow other groups to participate. Please call 757-913-5654 if you need more information on volunteering as a group.
What can volunteers do at the ReStore?
Furniture Restoration Specialist:
Calling all DIY lovers! As our Furniture Restoration Specialist, your creations will be featured in our store for purchase and display. We need individuals skilled in furniture restoration to add to our store’s collection. Tools, materials, and workspace will be provided; however, we encourage bringing tools from home to add your own personal touch. On-site training for this once a week opportunity needed.
As a cashier, you are the first face ReStore customers see. We are looking for cheery individuals to brighten the day of our patrons. Register experience is not required. On-site training for this minimum once a week opportunity needed.
Sales Floor Volunteer:
We need you to keep our store running smoothly! As a sales floor volunteer, you will work closely with our staff and volunteers to manage the sales floor. Take pride in your local ReStore by ensuring that our aisles stay clear, clean, and organized!
Donations Dock Volunteer:
With so many great donations coming in everyday, we need volunteers to assist staff in unloading trucks, pricing donations, and placing them on the sales floor. No experience necessary! On-site training for this minimum once a week opportunity needed.
Warehouse Inventory Volunteer:
Help our warehouse team prepare and stage inventory for the ReStores. Tasks include sorting, pricing, and stacking products to prep for selling. The warehouse is a great setting for a group or assembly line.
What should I wear?
- Please wear comfortable and casual clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Jeans, athletic shorts or pants, etc. are acceptable. Shorts must be appropriate and at least reach mid-thigh. Volunteers will be turned away if shorts are of an inappropriate length.
- Please wear close-toed and close-heeled tennis shoes or boots. Volunteer will be turned away if shoes do not meet the above guidelines.
- Come prepared for the weather! Many tasks require volunteers to be in the elements so arrive with the appropriate jacket, raincoat, or sweatshirt.
What should I NOT wear?
- Loose, hanging jewelry
- Overly baggy clothing
- Articles of clothing with offensive slogans/language/images
- Clothing that interferes with your ability to work such as clothing that you are afraid of getting dirty
- Clothing that is revealing such as sheer shirts, tank tops, crop tops or low-rise pants/shorts
- No high heels, Crocs, sandals, flip-flops, Ugg boots or flats
What should I bring on the first day?
- A lunch (volunteers under the age of 18 must remain on the ReStore premises during their shift). A refrigerator is available to hold drinks, snacks or lunches.
- A photo ID (driver’s license, passport, or school ID)
What will happen on my first visit at the ReStore?
At orientation you will learn all about Habitat, make sure your volunteer waiver is signed and learn how to check in and out on your volunteer day. The volunteer coordinator or acting store manager will take you on a tour throughout the store explaining what the ReStore does, safety procedures and store policies. When orientation is done, you can sign up to volunteer at any shift you like!
Do you offer volunteer hours for court-ordered community service?
We accept court-ordered community service volunteers on a limited basis. When signing up on Volunteer Hub, please make sure to mark “court-ordered” to fill out the appropriate paperwork. Habitat reserves the right to make the final decision on any volunteer. Please note that court-ordered volunteers must be 18 years or older to volunteer at the Williamsburg ReStore.