Building Sites

Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties builds simple, decent, affordable homes and we use loads of volunteers on our job sites.  Skilled plumbers and carpenters, college students and high school apprentices, moms and dads, church groups and business groups, professional roofers and experienced bricklayers, families and neighbors, all pitch in to help us. Habitat for Humanity houses around the world are built according to the same guiding principles:

  • Simple. Habitat houses are modestly-sized. They are large enough for the homeowner family’s needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum.
  • Decent. Habitat for Humanity uses quality, locally-available building materials. Habitat house designs reflect the local climate and culture.
  • Affordable. The labor of volunteers and partner families, efficient building methods, modest house sizes and no-profit loans make it affordable for low-income families to purchase Habitat houses.

No experience necessary

If you don’t have any construction skills, don’t worry! Many people come to build sites with no construction skills at all and still make a great impact. Training is provided.

If you want to work on a building site:

  • Check the calendar of events to see when we are building where
  • Fill out and send us the registration form below to let us know you are coming
  • If you have not filled out our Habitat for Humanity Release and Waiver of Liability, please print it out, fill it out and bring it with you
  • Wear closed-toed shoes, work gloves if you have them, sturdy clothing, and headgear as needed.
  • Bring water to drink on site
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