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Construction Volunteering

Because of our wonderful construction team, and the clear impact of our program, building a home with Flower City Habitat for Humanity is one of the most sought after and fulfilling volunteer opportunities in Rochester!  We are proud that the word has gotten out, and we are extremely grateful for the thousands of volunteers that build with us each year, but please understand that we have to keep volunteer safety and community impact in mind when we schedule volunteers.

Please read through our current construction opportunities, then follow the steps for the one that best fits you or your group. 

Construction basics:

  • No experience needed. Our construction team are trained professionals who will walk you through your assigned tasks while volunteering. We also provide all tools, work gloves, and safety equipment, but if you have your favorites, you can bring them.
  • Be flexible and prepared to work. In addition to house construction, our construction volunteers also participate in shed building, landscaping, neighborhood revitalization, and more. We ask volunteers to be flexible and prepared for a good day's work, no matter the task.
  • Age Restriction: 16-17 year olds can build with us only after submitting a parental permission form.  No one under the age of 16 is allowed on our construction sites. For more youth volunteering options, click here.
  • Schedule: Volunteers build on Tuesday (11:45am-4pm) and Wednesday-Saturday (8:45am-4pm). Individual volunteers must be available for the entire shift, we do have some flexibility with groups. Saturdays are the most requested day, so if you can make it on a weekday, please choose that first.
  • Weather: We work year-round as long as conditions are safe.  For issues of inclement weather, our construction sites will close when the Rochester City School District has also closed.
  • Meetup Location: All of our current projects are within the City of Rochester. Additional details including meetup location will be provided once you are scheduled.
  • How To Volunteer: To volunteer as an individual or group, follow the instructions below.


  • Already have a group? Group reservations can be made 2-12 weeks in advanced, based on availability and willingness to partner. For scheduling options, contact Ken Braley at 585-546-1470 ext 315 (office), 585-435-7252 (cell), or kbraley@rochesterhabitat.org.
  • Want to join a group? Our groups and community partners are great ways to be part of a closer community (you'll get to work with the same people more regularly), have a wider variety of volunteer opportunities (building, events, outreach, and more), and you'll have a greater impact in helping our community come together to build a city where EVERYONE has a decent place to live. For more information, click here.


Try Us Out: If you just want to try us out, or want to volunteer occasionally; just register on our VolunteerUp Calendar and sign-up for any day that says "Open For Public".

Hammer & Saw (regular volunteering): With the "Hammer and Saw" title comes greater responsibility, dedication, comradery, and greater positive impact for our community.  Hammer and Saw volunteers are individuals who are willing to make a regular, ongoing commitment to our mission through one of several roles.  We have Hammer and Saw teams that are dedicated to:

  • Specific construction tasks. (Cabinet making, electrical, painting, plumbing, siding, etc.)
  • Specific days of the week. (Type of work varies, but we’ll train and oversee your work.)
  • Crew Leaders.  Whether for a specific task or day, we are looking for crew leaders that can lead other volunteers.  This role is crucial to increase the number of houses we build each year.

The biggest criteria to become a Hammer and Saw volunteer is the willingness to commit and be counted on.  You don’t need to be an expert to start, our construction team and long-time volunteers are willing to train you.

If you are interested in the comradery and positive impact of working regularly with other dedicated volunteers, contact:

Ken H. Braley
Volunteer Services & Digital Marketing Coordinator
office: (585) 546-1470 ext. 315 · cell: (585) 435-7252 
email: kbraley@rochesterhabitat.org



Flower City Habitat for Humanity
755 Culver Road | Rochester, NY 14609
Tel: 585.546.1470 | Fax: 585.546.1549