Q: How do I volunteer ?
On your first volunteer day, you will be asked to complete and sign a Waiver of Liability. You can do this on-site, or fill out the form in advance and bring it with you. To get a copy of the Waiver of Liability form click here. (Youth volunteers ages 16-18 Waiver form is here.)
Q: Who may volunteer?
Anyone over 16 years old and willing to help may volunteer at construction sites. (Volunteers under age 18 need a parent or guardian to sign a waiver. Click here to get the waiver for minors.)
Our volunteers are men and women of all ages and walks of life. They include church and synagogue members, employees of businesses, civic groups, college students, retirees, friends and relatives.
Q. Do I need to bring tools?
No, Spring of Life partnership has all the tools and equipment that are needed. You might want to bring drinking water and sunscreen. Also, please remember to wear sturdy shoes (no open toed shoes allowed on the work site) and work clothes. After all, you are on a build site.
Q: What do volunteers do to help?
Building homes requires help with different areas of construction. We depend on volunteers to work on every phase of home building from start to finish, from complex building tasks like carpentry and roofing, to simple tasks like carrying supplies and cleanup.
Q: What skills or experience are required to be a construction volunteer?
Maybe you’ve never held a hammer… have a little weekend project experience… or maybe you’re a highly skilled trades professional… We need and welcome your help no matter what level of skill.
Unskilled volunteers are guided by construction managers and instructed by construction crew leaders or other skilled volunteers. Skilled volunteers are also always appreciated for the talents they share to make sure that our affordable homes meet quality standards.
Q: When and where is Spring of Life building or renovating homes?
We work primarily in Elgin and Carpentersville, and most of our building work is scheduled for Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To learn more about our volunteer opportunities, contact us here.
Please print the waiver form below to complete and sign. You may bring this form with you on your first scheduled volunteer date.
All volunteers must complete and sign this waiver. Waivers are good for one full year.
MINORS: Waiver forms for volunteers under age eighteen must also be signed by a parent/guardian. Minors who will not be accompanied on site by a parent/guardian must also have a notarized “Minor Consent to Treat” form on file in order to volunteer on site.
All minors must have a notarized copy of this form on file to volunteer when not in the company of a parent.