Volunteers are instrumental to helping us achieve our mission! Volunteers help sort and process our donations, organize and clean the warehouse, assist instructors in our workshops, and represent Rebuilding Exchange at events.
The first step is to attend a Volunteer Orientation at one of our locations:
We ask Warehouse Volunteers to commit to weekly 2-hour shifts. This allows our volunteers to build community and learn how to operate independently in the warehouse environment. Some volunteers focus on a specific section, for example, lighting, hardware or tile. Some prefer to tackle needs across the warehouse.
Volunteer Teaching Assistants help instructors in workshops at both our Chicago and Evanston locations. It’s a great way to learn woodworking and home improvement skills! We recommend people interested in becoming a Volunteer TA take some workshops first to see if they enjoy the experience. Volunteer TAs must attend a Workshop Orientation where they learn workshop tool safety standards. Volunteer TAs sign up to assist as their schedules allow but are required to TA at least three workshops per year.
Rebuilding Exchange hosts events at our locations, as well as, participates in community events, such as farmer’s markets and festivals. Event Volunteers help with set-up/clean-up, running activities, and sharing information about our mission.