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  1. Click the button to access VolunteerUp, our online volunteer calendar.

  2. Fill in your information.

  3. Check out the volunteer opportunity schedule and sign up for the shift or opportunity you are interested in.  If the shift you want is full, or reserved, you will not be able to volunteer for that shift and must choose a different one, or you can wait and check back for an open shift. Shifts sign-ups are first come, first serve.

  4. As more shifts become available, the Volunteer Coordinator will send out an email to notify registered volunteers.

  5. The day of your scheduled shift, please dress appropriately and show up on time.


For more information on volunteering, please contact Bill at 315-422-2230 or outreach@syracusehabitat.org


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A Few Things to Keep in Mind

Be Patient.

Our volunteers are our most important asset. But there are lots of you and very few of us. If you email us with a question or to change a volunteer date it may take us a bit to get back with you. So please be persistent, check in regularly, but please be kind. If it’s urgent give us a call in addition to emailing.


Be flexible.

Construction is unpredictable, and volunteer based construction can be even more unpredictable. So we ask for your understanding. Our staff is good, but it is nearly impossible to say exactly what you will be doing on site until that morning, and even then it may change. We can’t always count on materials arriving on time, we can’t control the weather, and can’t change the speed of a crew or how long it takes to get permits. The build site is full of unknowns that affect our progress and all we can do is ask for your flexibility.


Be understanding.

Things change every day and every hour, and sometimes every minute.  The work we do is contingent on the weather, how many volunteers we have, and whether or not we have the materials and tools we need.  So if things aren’t moving as you think they should please understand that we are doing our best.  Also keep in mind that everyone has their good and bad days: you, us, fellow volunteers.  So please remember and respect this.

Volunteer Groups

Is your company, church or school group planning a community service experience or team building event? Consider volunteering on a build! Many local companies have scheduled corporate team build days with Syracuse Habitat for Humanity. Church and college groups have used volunteering with Syracuse Habitat as a great community outreach project or team builder.


Group and Corporate Donations

We ask that our corporate teams and other groups consider a donation of $50 per person per day to help cover the cost of the materials used. This donation also ensures that your group gets priority scheduling. We know that the time you donate on the build is valuable, and we know that you and Syracuse Habitat for Humanity are working toward the same goal — to provide a home for a deserving family. So please keep in mind that the money that your group donates helps us all move that much closer to achieving that shared vision: a home for a family.


For our corporate groups, depending on the size of the donation, there may be additional promotional incentives that Syracuse Habitat for Humanity can provide (e.g., your logo on our website or an article in our Harbinger Newsletter).


To discuss group volunteering in more detail, please call our office or email Bill Dolan at outreach@syracusehabitat.org


Volunteer Opportunities

Syracuse Habitat for Humanity has so many ways you can volunteer and help support our work and Mission.


PLEASE NOTE: All of these positions are unpaid, unless otherwise stated.  Check out our opportunities below and decide what is best for you


Build Site

Habitat for Humanity is best known for enlisting the help of skilled and unskilled volunteers to build our houses. Syracuse Habitat for Humanity build site volunteers report feeling a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. They can point to a house and tell their friends that they helped put that roof on.  They also feel pride knowing that their work was vital to the building of one more home for a deserving, hardworking, low-income family.


For more information on home builds, visit the Builds page.

  • Our work week runs from Wednesday to Saturday, 9am-4pm.

  • Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to work on site.

  • All volunteers are expected to follow all rules and guidelines as set by Syracuse Habitat staff while on site.



The ReStore is our retail space where people donate new or used building materials, fixtures, appliances, tools, and other architectural pieces.  The ReStore is open to the general public, who can come in and buy what they need to update or repair their home at a discounted price.


We are always in need of volunteers to help us in the ReStore.


Opportunities include:

  • Organizing inventory

  • Preparing new materials for display

  • Customer assistance


We would especially like to get volunteers who are able to come in on a regular basis and during our busiest times.


Office Work

It’s more than just swinging hammers here at Syracuse Habitat for Humanity.  It takes a lot of work behind the scenes to make sure every house goes up, and a dedicated office staff to make it happen.


So if you’re looking for volunteer opportunities beyond the build site, or want to stay involved between builds, consider helping out in the Syracuse Habitat office.


Office Helper:

  • Answer incoming calls and route them to the appropriate personnel.

  • Answer questions regarding Syracuse Habitat for Humanity and its mission.

  • Data entry, filing and various office tasks.

  • Writing thank you letters and processing donations.

  • Assisting with special projects in the office.

Mailing Helpers

  • Every other month we need help with our Harbinger Newsletter mailing.

  • Volunteers are needed to fold, stuff, address, and prepare our Newsletter for mailing.

  • Sometimes we can provide packages of materials for you to pick up, assemble and return to our office.

  • If you’re looking for an in-office volunteer activity for your department, or something to occupy your teenager, mailings might be the project for you!

  • We also have other specialty mailings throughout the year.


If you are interesting in helping out, let us know!  Send us an email at adminassist@syracusehabitat.org or look at current shifts on the VolunteerUp page.


Special Events

Syracuse Habitat for Humanity hosts, or takes part in several Special Events

throughout the year, and are always looking for people to help out.


Some of the Special Events we host include our Bowl-A-Thon, Brews for Builds,

Women Build events, and our Annual Summer Picnic!


We also have information tables at many local events including the Home and

Garden Show, Veterans Day Expo, Volunteer Fairs, the Parade of Homes,

and anything else that comes along.


Volunteer needs vary by event so if you are interested in being notified of

upcoming events make sure that you have registered as a volunteer to be

included on our e-blasts.  You may also contact Lisa Palleschi at adminassist@syracusehabitat.org to inquire about upcoming opportunities.



Syracuse Habitat has an incredibly small staff and relies on volunteers to serve on committees to make things happen behind the scenes.


Family Selection and Support Committee 

Members meet monthly to either review homeowner applicants or act as a support partner for homeowner applicants.  Responsibilities include conducting qualification and verification checks of the homeowner applications, interviewing applicants, and recommending potential homeowners.

As a support partner, responsibilities also include assisting approved applicants with they sweat equity hours, helping plan homeowner celebrations (home-blessing ceremonies, etc.), and being a resource and guidance on home-ownership readiness. This committee meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 5:15 p.m. 

Building/Construction Committee

Members meet monthly to assist the construction manger on current and future building plans, for the purpose of maximizing construction and financial resources. Responsibility include assisting with property acquisition/site selection, building plans, incorporating more skilled volunteer labor,and ensuring production level is high. This committee meets the 4th Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m.

Women Build 2019 Committee

This committee is responsible for brainstorming and following through on fundraising ideas and events to benefit our next Women Build home. Beginning January, this committee focuses its efforts on planning and implementing fundraising events, Women Build Week in March, and more. Fundraising makes all our Women Build homes possible, and is crucial to everything we do here at Syracuse Habitat. In 2017, this committee raised over $20,000 for our most recent Mr. Habitat event. This committee meets around 1-2 times a month.

If you are interested in finding out more information about any of these committees or want to get involved, please contact Lisa Palleschi at adminassist@syracusehabitat.org or call 315-422-2230.


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