Volunteer with Habitat Chesapeake

Volunteers of all skill levels are welcome!  Every job is important.  No matter where your talents lie, you can help us in our mission to build safe, decent, affordable homes. In fact, your support is instrumental in helping Habitat Chesapeake build affordable homes to families in Baltimore City, Annapolis, Baltimore, Howard, and Anne Arundel Counties. With over 780 homes built and 2,500 family members housed, your effort can make an impact. 

Habitat Chesapeake extends the dream of homeownership to low-to-moderate income families who struggle to find stable, affordable housing in a region with an increasingly high cost of living.  Homeownership is life-changing for these families, bringing safety, stability and an opportunity to build wealth across generations. As families’ lives are transformed, so too is the community. Habitat homes bring visible investment; engaged, long-term residents; opportunities for workforce training and new tax revenue to support public services and infrastructure. 

A volunteer laughs while leaning against a window frame.

How We Work

We look for opportunities to build in neighborhoods that have anchor institutions and amenities that need more investment

We recruit first-time homebuyers who need decent housing, are willing to partner with us, and are able to afford a moderately-priced, zero-interest mortgage

We bring homebuyers and volunteers from the public and private sectors together to build safe, decent homes

We welcome new homeowners and see communities come alive with hope and opportunity

Frequently Asked Questions

Volunteering at the ReStores
We’re always looking for volunteers at the Habitat Chesapeake ReStores! Volunteers as young as 14 with a chaperone can lend their time and energy to the stores that build homes. Visit the Volunteer Hub to view opportunities and sign up, and follow the ReStores on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date on ReStore events!
Volunteering on a Build Site
  • Volunteers must be a minimum age of 16. Individuals 16 or 17 years of age can volunteer to build, but must be accompanied by a chaperone. You must be at least 18 years old to use power tools.
  • Volunteer opportunities are available on Fridays and Saturdays, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Additional volunteer days are available for groups, including our Team Build partners.
  • No prior construction experience? No problem – we’ll teach you!
  • A lot of prior construction experience? Great! We’d love to have you join our Red Hat Team – a special crew of skilled volunteers who help to lead groups throughout the week and do more specialized tasks than an average volunteer can manage.
Youth Involvement
Did you know we have opportunities for Habitat supporters of all ages? From fun fundraising ideas to hosting your own event, there are plenty of ways to get involved and help Habitat Chesapeake build more homes for more families. Check out some ideas and F.A.Q. here!
Workplace Giving
Does your employer match charitable gifts? Do you know if your employer participates in annual United Way giving? Or maybe your team is interested in volunteering onsite at a Team Build?

No matter how you give, there are so many ways to support Habitat’s mission to bring safe and stable housing to more families — check out more ways to give here.

Support our work!

Consider becoming a recurring monthly donor for as little as $1 a month. Every dollar makes a difference.

A female volunteer from Hord Coplan Macht cuts siding using a saw during Women Build 2023.

See Your Impact: Read Our Stories

New homebuyer Francine cuts the ribbon on 1156 Ward Street
Welcome Home, Francine & Najee!

Alongside the Baltimore Orioles, Habitat Chesapeake proudly welcomed its newest homeowners to Pigtown at a special home dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony.

New homeowner Whitney cuts the ribbon to her new home.
Home for the Holidays 2022

As Whitney cut the ribbon stretched across the front door of her new home on Dudley Avenue, she couldn’t stop smiling. This day was a long time coming for Whitney, a single mother of three, and her joy was infectious on the day of her home dedication in Belair-Edison.

HabiCorps Meet & Greet!

The quiet neighborhood around Ward Street was filled with the sounds of friendly chatter as Habitat Chesapeake staff, government partners, and neighbors gathered to meet the 2022 class of HabiCorps Workforce Development trainees during a day of onsite work.