Get involved by volunteering on the construction site, with Rock the Block®, or at the Habitat ReStore.




Join us to work on building and rehabilitating homes in partnership with hard-working low-income families.

Home Repair (Rock the Block®)

Assist residents with needed repair, maintenance, weatherization, safety, accessibility, and beautification of their homes.


Help prepare donations for display, assist customers, keep the store organized, and help with special events or trade shows!

Core Crew

Help lead small groups of volunteers with guidance from our Construction Managers.

Schedule a group

Groups can be between five to twenty people (or more when working on sites with multiple houses). Just register below and you'll be contacted by a real person with a custom link for you and your group to use. Sign up is easy and everyone will be able to sign the waiver online (keepin' it green). Everyone who signs up online, will get all the details about their build, a week before.

volunteer faq

Whether you’re new to Habitat or you’re a veteran volunteer, we know you may have questions about your upcoming volunteer opportunity. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to find answers to many of the most common questions we receive from volunteers.


Volunteer opportunities are open to the public for our home build program on Saturdays, and with our home repair Rock the Block program on Fridays. Volunteers can visit our website to view available shifts and register to reserve their spot. If there are any questions regarding volunteer opportunities, they can contact the Volunteer Engagement team by emailing volunteer@gdmhabitat.org, or by calling at 515-471-8686 ext 130 or 140.


Our Core Crew work on site under the supervision of our Construction Managers. They guide, teach, and engage small groups of unskilled or semi-skilled volunteers. Think, volunteer on steroids.

Construction skills are not a prerequisite to begin as a Habitat Core Crew member. In fact, most current members came from fields other than construction. As long as you’re willing to help others, we’ll teach you what you need to know.

For more information about becoming part of the Core Crew please contact
Tami at 515-471-8686 ext. 120 or by email at info@gdmhabitat.org.

We have built a basic construction manual that explains each part of Habitat home construction and allows us to schedule training days on site whenever you finish a section. By the end, you will be able to demonstrate tasks, maintain Habitat standards, monitor safety, and help volunteers have a meaningful experience. You have the unique opportunity to develop construction and leadership skills while making a difference in your community. As we continue to grow and serve more hardworking, low-income families in the Greater Des Moines area, the need for Habitat leaders becomes absolutely essential.


family stories

Tem & Lia

“This is our house, this is our home and it will make our lives better. We are thankful for Habitat in helping us buy a house.”


“As a homeowner, I will feel confidence. I will be powerful. I will be able to take care of my kids and help them be successful.”

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