Work Experience Program

Work Experience Volunteers commit to 10 shifts over a specific time period (4 months for students, 3 months for adults) at our build sites or in our ReStores. Upon completion, participants will receive a Certificate of Work Experience & Service to include in their resume and the opportunity to use Habitat coordinators as references. The certificate details the hours volunteered, tasks completed, and includes comments about work ethic, communication skills, and punctuality.

Construction. Volunteers work at one of our active build sites to construct affordable homes and complete critical home repairs for local families in need. Learned skills may include: foundations, framing, insulation, door & window installation, building decks, finishing work, painting, and more.

ReStore. The ReStores sell new and gently-used building materials and home improvement items that have been generously donated by the public. Work Experience at the ReStores helps volunteers to strengthen Habitat’s programs while supporting the environment by diverting items from landfills. Learned skills may include: visual merchandising, product knowledge, and customer service. There are two locations in the Des Moines Metro area.

To learn more about the program, download this guide.
Work Experience Program - Students under age 18
Work Experience Program - Adults