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Unpacking the toolbox – Helpful Hints for Volunteering on NRD

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Did you know that volunteering improves your health by strengthening the body, improving mood, and lessening stress?

Volunteering is one of the most rewarding experiences you can possibly have! Whether you’re a seasoned volunteer or just beginning to dip your toe in the water; it is important to be plan ahead, be prepared, and do your research. Rebuilding Together Richmond wants to make sure everyone has the best experience possible during National Rebuilding Day! 

Read through some of our compiled volunteer tips before heading out to change the world!

1. Be prepared for any type of weather! Please check the weather before heading out for the day. Bring plenty of water and wear light-colored clothing. Don’t forget your sunglasses, hat, and sunscreen for sun protection. Bring layers that can be removed.

2. If you’re handling power tools, equipment, or on ladders, remember that appropriate safety precautions must be taken to ensure safety. Wear protective gloves, hearing protection, face shields, protective goggles, and respiratory protection when needed.

3. Everyone on the work site should be wearing closed toe shoes. Refrain from wearing torn clothing, jewelry, or rings.

4. Prior to the build day, be aware of the EPA’s Lead Safety Policy; ask if the policy applied to the home that you’re working on.

5. Familiarize yourself with the home you will be repairing prior to National Rebuilding Day. Ask your house captain details about the home, the workscope and even make sure you know the name(s) of the homeowners you’ll be helping.

6. Bring all the positive energy you can muster up! Not everything in the day may go according to plan, but flexibility and a good attitude can make all the difference for you, your team, and the homeowner.

7. Be intentional about your volunteerism efforts; make sure you fully understand that you’re providing a valuable service to the community and to the people who live in it. In fact, many of our past recipients claim that our rebuilding program has changed their lives and restored their hope in humanity.  National Rebuilding Day is a big day for everyone and we are grateful to have such selfless volunteers to make the day a success!


“The repairs made me feel better because it made me feel like someone cared. I did not have to do it alone. Thank you for helping me, it gave me a whole new outlook on life! If this program didn’t exist, I would be in a retirement home. Things are much better now. – Dowling