“NUTS & BOLTS” Volunteer Orientation Part 2

Current Project: 46th Street Townhouses

Our 46th Street SE project will provide affordable homeownership opportunities in 5 townhouse-style homes in the Marshall Heights neighborhood of Southeast DC, an area bordered by East Capitol Street on the north, Southern Avenue on the east, and Benning Road on the west. Each home will feature 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms. Marshall Heights is a neighborhood that has seen one of the largest increases in property values since 2001 and we’re proud to be working to preserve affordable housing in this community. This development is less than a quarter mile from the Benning Road Metro stop and in close proximity to commercial amenities.Rendering of our 5-home 46th Street SE townhouse development project

Ways to Volunteer

Individual Construction

Work on the construction site with AmeriCorps and staff leaders. (You must be at least 16 years-old to volunteer on the construction site.)

Office Volunteer Service

Work to support office staff with administrative tasks like data entry, filing and email correspondence.

Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C Young Professionals (HYPDC)

HYPDC is a network of DC area professionals committed to the vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live, and to making a difference. Members have the opportunity to connect with a diverse group of dedicated, like-minded individuals in the DC area and make a positive impact in the work of DC Habitat, through fundraising efforts, volunteer days, happy hours, and more. HYPDC members also enjoy the benefits of membership, including social events, exclusive leadership and volunteer opportunities, and member recognition.

Construction Volunteers: Safety on the Site

Volunteer & Construction Safety

Volunteer & Construction Safety

  • Always wear close-toed shoes
  • Dress for the weather by wearing layers and bringing rain gear
  • Keep hydrated
  • Wear sunscreen
  • No iPods or cell phone usage allowed on site
  • Smoking is only permitted away from project area
  • Keep tools in tool belt when not in use.
  • Before using any power tools, you must go through a safety training with your crew leader.
  • Make sure to wear safety goggles when operating any power tools.
  • Keep utility blade sharp.
  • Cut away from your body.
  • Wear a hardhat when others are working above you.

Safety in our Neighborhoods

Safety in Ivy City

Ivy City Site

  • Always walk in pairs
  • Be polite and respectful to the community residents and neighbors
  • Lock cars and make sure all valuables are hidden or taken with you
  • If you must leave early, tell your Construction Crew Leader
  • Report any misconduct you see in the neighborhood to a DC Habitat Staff Member

NOTE: Volunteers should only report to the construction site when they have received confirmation from DC Habitat staff (phone or email) that they are scheduled for the given date.

Building Partners

Many of the materials you will use on site have been donated by our generous corporate partners. Though we will tell you about all of them when you’re on our site, here are a few examples:


Provides a stove and refrigerator for each and every house Habitat builds – not just in D.C., but across the country.

Dow Chemical

Donates SIS Board, sheathing material, insulation and foam sealants for use in our construction.


Provides paint to DC Habitat.

You will learn about other corporate partners when you spend time on our construction site.