This is our most popular activity and what most people will think of when they consider volunteering with Community Toolbox. This is the meat of why we do what we do - neighbors helping neighbors – creating safe and healthy homes for everyone by installing grab bars, windows, fixing leaks and the like for our neighbors in need. Do you have plumbing, electrical, carpentry or other fix-it skills? For more information, check out our Fix-It page. Contact us at Info@CommToolbox.org.
All Fix-It volunteers must be at least 18 years old. No one under the age of 18 will be permitted on Fix-It jobs for safety and liability reasons.
Kitchen Recovery is the hand demolition of kitchens in the reverse order of their construction in order to carefully remove materials for reuse and recycling. This process reduces the disposal of materials into landfills, and provides materials to resell in our warehouse to defray program costs. It’s sort of like construction, but maybe a little more fun!! Do you have experience with carpentry, or the willingness to learn? We need you neighbor!! For more information go to our Fix it and Deconstruction Page or email us at Kitchenrecovery@CommToolbox.org
For more information about how you can help, contact us at Info@CommToolbox.org.
Crew Leader/Support Leader
Do you know how to perform basic construction tasks? Do you like working with groups? We need your help in making sure volunteers have a great experience on the fix-it jobs, learn new skills and – of course – provide the clients with a finished job and superior experience with CT!
For more information contact Tom Boisvert at T.Boisvert@CommToolbox.org
Fix-It Jobs FAQ
What kind of work will I do on a Fix-It Job?
Though we'll try to let you know what you'll be doing before your work day arrives, weather and other factors make predicting our fix-it jobs a challenge. Some examples of what you might do include the following:
- Window or door installation
- Installation of safety and accessibility hardware (ie. Grab bars, rails, ramps, etc.)
- Installing insulation
- Replacing rotting flooring
- Installing or fixing steps
- Installing grab bars and stair rails
- Light cleaning
- Loading and unloading materials
Whatever job you're assigned, make sure you're comfortable with it! If you are unable to complete a task, or feel afraid (not everyone wants to be on the roof!), tell us when you sign up. We won’t ever put you in a position to feel uncomfortable – it’s important to us that you have an amazing volunteer experience!!
What should I wear?
If you're volunteering at a fix-it job or a kitchen recovery site, wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty, torn, or even ruined. Closed-toe shoes are a must, so put on your sneakers or work boots. We work in all kinds of weather, so be sure to dress in layers that are appropriate for indoor and/or outdoor work in whatever weather is happening during your volunteer day.
What should I bring?
Forms: Please bring a signed Release and waiver form with you to the worksite. No one under the age of 18 will be permitted on site for safety and liability reasons.
Tools: Although we do have tools on-site, you are welcome to bring your personal tools. Please make sure to label them! We suggest bringing:
- Hammer (at least 16 oz.)
- Tape measure
- Nail apron or tool belt
- Safety glasses
- Hard hat
If you don't have the above items, don't worry! The tools you need will also be available at the job site.
Lunch: Although sometimes we are blessed enough to have lunch provided by generous donors and volunteers, unless you are told otherwise, please plan to bring a bagged lunch.
Other items like water, sun block, hat, sunglasses, and a camera all will come in handy.