Every day, volunteers help with the intake and sorting of donated building materials, reducing the flow of materials into the waste-stream and making it easier for the community to find and reuse resources. Volunteer projects vary from day to day depending on what materials have been donated. Common tasks include: unloading donation carts, sorting and organizing tile, trim, miscellaneous hardware and lighting, and de-nailing lumber. Just show up with a smile and we’ll find a way for you to help!
Drop in Volunteer:
Have a few hours to spare? Stop by the cashier booth in the warehouse during business hours and let our staff know you are here to volunteer. When you come to volunteer you will need to fill out and sign our Volunteer Interest & Application and Volunteer Safety Guidelines in full. You must complete this before you can begin volunteering. Once your application is complete, the cashier or a volunteer leader will go over our safety and general volunteer guidelines and get you started on a project for the day.
A few things to keep in mind before you come:
• Always wear closed-toed shoes. Work boots are great; steel-toed shoes are best.
• Wear your grungiest old clothes. Plan on getting dirty.
• Bring work gloves if you have them. (We have extras, but it’s nice to wear your own.)
• Bring a water bottle (especially in the summer). You’ll be glad.
• Our warehouse is not climate controlled so expect it to be as warm or cold inside as it is outside.
Please Note: If you are under 18, a parent or guardian must sign the waiver on our Volunteer Interest & Application form. If you are under 16 you will need an adult to volunteer with you. Due to the nature of the materials in our warehouse, we generally cannot accommodate volunteers under age 14. However, exceptions are occasionally possible. Please see our Volunteer ‘Igniter’ Coordinator.
Volunteer Work Parties:
The ReBuilding Center occasionally hosts after hours volunteer work parties through Hands on Greater Portland. These are currently taking place on the last Tuesday of the month, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. A great way to get involved and meet new friends—- JOIN US! Please sign up in advance through the Hands on Greater Portland web site.
If you would like to bring in your own volunteer group you can learn more on our group volunteer page.
Volunteer Leaders work directly with individuals who volunteer on a drop-in basis. They help check-in, orient, train, lead, and support these volunteers under the guidance of the Volunteer ‘Igniter’ Coordinator and ReBuilding Center staff.
Read the full position description here and contact the Volunteer Coordinator to learn more or to apply for this position.
Trade Show Volunteers:
Trade show volunteers table at local events such as the Home and Garden Shows, Build Remodel Landscape Show, Earth Day events, etc. Helping at these events allows The ReBuilding Center to connect with new community members who may not be familiar with The ReBuilding Center and all of the services we offer. Training is provided. Contact the Volunteer ‘Igniter’ Coordinator to learn about upcoming opportunities.
Community Service Volunteers:
Click here to learn more about our community service volunteer program.
Do you have other skills you would like to contribute to The ReBuilding Center? Contact the Volunteer ‘Igniter’ Coordinator to discuss other opportunities we may have available for you.