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Habitat for Humanity of Putnam County, New York

Habitat for Humanity of Putnam County needs volunteers to achieve its goals. There are many ways in which your skills can help Habitat for Humanity of Putnam County. If you would like to get information on the specific committees involved in the decision making for HFH of Putnam County, please send us an email for more information.

Please note: ALL VOLUNTEERS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 must have a signed Parental Permission/Waiver of Liability to go on site.

If a parent or guardian is signing the form for a child between the ages 16 and 18 please note the child's age on the form. No one under 16 is allowed on site while construction work is being done. 

Click here for a copy of the standard liability waiver form.

To get yourself, your company, religious group or organization involved in HFH of Putnam County, please mail, email, or phone your request to:

Habitat for Humanity of Putnam County
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
3 Garrett Place
Carmel, NY 10512
Phone: (845) 230-8022
Email: habitat.putnam@gmail.com

What happens after you contact us?

After you contact us with your availability, our volunteer coordinator will try to match you with our construction schedule, identify available dates most suitable to your needs, and send you an email to explain the task on the specified date and request you to confirm your availability. Upon your confirmation, we will send you more specific details about working at the site. The Volunteer Coordinator will schedule groups and individual volunteers as needed and will inform the group leaders accordingly. Volunteers will be scheduled as many times as they desire as long as there is work to do.

Take the online Safety Course

In order to provide a safer work experience, we provide volunteers with an online Safety Course. Please ask one of our regular volunteers for more information about the course.

When you arrive at the Construction Site

ALL volunteers are scheduled for specific workdays at a specific site. ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST SIGN IN and OUT each time they work on the site. A sign-in sheet will be provided at each site for this purpose. The site supervisor will assign volunteers to tasks according to their skill level. It may be that you will learn a task while working under the supervision of a more skilled volunteer. If you are uncomfortable with your assigned task, speak to the supervisor and you will be assigned something else. This is a real construction site and all volunteers are required to wear clothing appropriate for those tasks and the weather. For example: sturdy shoes with good soles, long trousers, work gloves or garden-style gloves and a hat in hot sunny weather. Long sleeves and safety glasses are advised if you are working with insulation or sheet-rock. Dust masks will be provided when necessary. Many volunteers bring some hand tools: hammer, tape measure, etc. but most of the tools you need will be provided. Only skilled volunteers may use power tools. Working on ladders or scaffolds can be dangerous and utmost caution must be observed. DO NOT accept this task if you are uncomfortable working on ladders. There are plenty of other tasks you can do.