A safe and healthy home for everyone!

Volunteer Opportunities - Fix It Program

 

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Community Toolbox. They are how we get the job done, how we serve as many people as possible to further our mission. It is through their generosity and dedication that we can do what we do. 


If you believe in neighbors helping neighbors, that everyone deserves a safe and healthy home, that sometimes people just need a helping hand and a little compassion – we need you on our team. There are many ways you can help. Some of our volunteers are skilled carpenters; some are born leaders, while others just have good hearts and willing hands. The common thread is the desire to give back to the community. By donating your time, you can make a difference in the lives of families in our local community!


Read about how YOU can help below these pictures of our dedicated volunteers hard at work!

Replacing a rotting entryway.
Removing kitchen cabinets

Fix-it Program

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.  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.

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! 


For more information about how you can help, contact us at Info@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 
  • Gloves 
  • 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. 


 


 Website Copy for Volunteer Page 
Landing Page 
(we need pix!) 
(also, “back to top” at the end of each topic???) 
Volunteer Opportunities 
Volunteers are the lifeblood of Community Toolbox. They are how we get the job done, how we serve as many people as possible to further our mission. It is through their generosity and dedication that we can do what we do. 
If you believe in neighbors helping neighbors, that everyone deserves a safe and healthy home, that sometimes people just need a helping hand and a little compassion – we need you on our team. There are many ways you can help. Some of our volunteers are skilled carpenters; some are born leaders, while others just have good hearts and willing hands. The common thread is the desire to give back to the community. By donating your time, you can make a difference in the lives of families in our local community! 
There are many different ways and opportunities to volunteer: 
Fix-it Program: 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 and Deconstruction page. (insert hyperlink to fix-it volunteer page?) Or just email us at info@commtoolbox.org 
Committees: These work groups do the behind-the-scenes work processing client requests, networking and creating partnerships with local vendors who provide much-needed supplies, raising funds, advocating within the community and more. Are you a people person who likes to figure out how to make things happen? Got fundraising, marketing, organizational or sales skills? Email us at info@commtoolbox.org 
The CT Retail Outlet: The Outlet takes in donations of kitchen and bath cabinetry, windows and doors, in new or gently used condition to resell to the public. Donation solicitation, clerks, stockers, and customer service are just a few of the different venues for volunteering with this project. Got sales and marketing skills and a smile? Email us at info@commtoolbox.org 
Deconstruction: Deconstruction is the hand demolition of buildings in the reverse order of their construction in order to carefully remove materials for reuse and recycling. Deconstruction reduces the 
disposal of materials into landfills, and provides materials to resell in our Retail Outlet. 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 decon@commtoolbox.org 
For more information about how you can help, contact us at info@commtoolbox.org. 
Fix-It and Deconstruction Volunteers 
Hammers. Nails. Paint. This is what most people think of when they think of a fix-it program. Every Community Toolbox project is done by volunteers. 
While we always hope to find folks with carpentry, electrical, plumbing and other industry skills, no prior experience is needed to sign up. All tools are provided. (although, if you have your own tools, we welcome you to bring them!!) 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. 
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.) 
• Roofing a trailer 
• Installing insulation 
• Installing cabinets and closets 
• Landscaping 
• Painting 
• 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!! 
Do I need construction experience to help build? No! It's great if you have construction skills but certainly not necessary. Your crew leader for the day will ensure that you receive training for the task at hand. Before you know it, you'll have picked up handy new skills you can use next time you volunteer! For those who do have expertise in some aspect of construction, let us know! Though we can't guarantee that we'll have work in that area on the day you'd like to volunteer, we'll certainly do everything we can to put your skills to good use. 
What should I wear? If you're volunteering at a fix-it job, a deconstruction site or at our Retail Outlet, 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 
• Gloves 
• 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. 
Committees (pull down #2) 
Although Fix-It is what comes to most people’s minds when considering supporting Community Toolbox, there is much work that needs to be done behind the scenes before, during and after helping our neighbors by improving their homes. Committee volunteers provide much needed support in the areas of volunteer management, fundraising, site evaluation, client advocacy and more. If you have a skill set that fits one of these teams, please contact the committee chairs listed for more information. 
Board of Directors 
Our all-volunteer Board of Directors represents a variety of experience and talent. We are actively recruiting Board members to help provide governance and direction as we lead out organization into the future. Board members meet monthly as a team, and some board members are involved in sub-committees that may meet regularly as well. If you are interested in helping drive our mission and increasing our capacity to help more people, please contact t.boisvert@commtoolbox.org 
Client Advocacy 
Works with families who have applied for the Fix-It program 
This team manages the Fix-It administrative process. It evaluates applications from referring agencies, works as liaison to these agencies, makes phone calls to prospective clients to discuss processes and procedures, and generally ensures that our clients have an excellent experience with CT from start to finish. If you want to help us help our neighbors, please contact info@commtoolbox.org 
Site Evaluation 
Evaluates prospective jobs, including determining materials needed and price 
This is a very important role for the Fix-It program. These evaluators enter our clients’ homes, evaluate scope, size and price of job. It is from this information we create pricing, and we need to make sure we are accurate here, for the sake of our neighbors in need. If you have construction and ____??_____ skills and experience, please contact info@commtoolbox.org 
Volunteer Relations 
Contacts, organizes and assigns volunteers 
This team finds the right people for the right volunteer work. They set up times and places to work, whether in the office, at events, at the job site or at the outlet. They help team chairs fill holes and build solid, functioning teams. This team also maintains our volunteer database, tracks volunteer hours and sets criteria for volunteer recognition. Love people? Enjoy finding out how their passion fits with our mission? Contact info@commtoolbox.org 
Fundraising 
Develops fundraising ideas; plans, coordinates & administers special events and campaigns 
Team members raise funds for our Fix-It Program. They coordinate corporate sponsorships, donor relations and recognition. They research and write grants. They plan and run events. While managing Community Toolbox fundraising, this team helps raise community awareness of our mission. Want to 
build relationships with people who are passionate about neighbors helping neighbors, and have the means to further our mission? Contact info@commtoolbox.org 
Public Relations 
Gets the word out about CT's mission and activities 
Team members interface with media; speak to local chambers of commerce, church congregations and other organizations; participate in community events; create marketing and presentation materials; maintain the web site and publish the newsletter. Do you love spreading the word about our neighbors in need? Contact info@commtoolbox.org


 Website Copy for Volunteer Page 
Landing Page 
(we need pix!) 
(also, “back to top” at the end of each topic???) 
Volunteer Opportunities 
Volunteers are the lifeblood of Community Toolbox. They are how we get the job done, how we serve as many people as possible to further our mission. It is through their generosity and dedication that we can do what we do. 
If you believe in neighbors helping neighbors, that everyone deserves a safe and healthy home, that sometimes people just need a helping hand and a little compassion – we need you on our team. There are many ways you can help. Some of our volunteers are skilled carpenters; some are born leaders, while others just have good hearts and willing hands. The common thread is the desire to give back to the community. By donating your time, you can make a difference in the lives of families in our local community! 
There are many different ways and opportunities to volunteer: 
Fix-it Program: 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 and Deconstruction page. (insert hyperlink to fix-it volunteer page?) Or just email us at info@commtoolbox.org 
Committees: These work groups do the behind-the-scenes work processing client requests, networking and creating partnerships with local vendors who provide much-needed supplies, raising funds, advocating within the community and more. Are you a people person who likes to figure out how to make things happen? Got fundraising, marketing, organizational or sales skills? Email us at info@commtoolbox.org 
The CT Retail Outlet: The Outlet takes in donations of kitchen and bath cabinetry, windows and doors, in new or gently used condition to resell to the public. Donation solicitation, clerks, stockers, and customer service are just a few of the different venues for volunteering with this project. Got sales and marketing skills and a smile? Email us at info@commtoolbox.org 
Deconstruction: Deconstruction is the hand demolition of buildings in the reverse order of their construction in order to carefully remove materials for reuse and recycling. Deconstruction reduces the 
disposal of materials into landfills, and provides materials to resell in our Retail Outlet. 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 decon@commtoolbox.org 
For more information about how you can help, contact us at info@commtoolbox.org. 
Fix-It and Deconstruction Volunteers 
Hammers. Nails. Paint. This is what most people think of when they think of a fix-it program. Every Community Toolbox project is done by volunteers. 
While we always hope to find folks with carpentry, electrical, plumbing and other industry skills, no prior experience is needed to sign up. All tools are provided. (although, if you have your own tools, we welcome you to bring them!!) 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. 
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.) 
• Roofing a trailer 
• Installing insulation 
• Installing cabinets and closets 
• Landscaping 
• Painting 
• 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!! 
Do I need construction experience to help build? No! It's great if you have construction skills but certainly not necessary. Your crew leader for the day will ensure that you receive training for the task at hand. Before you know it, you'll have picked up handy new skills you can use next time you volunteer! For those who do have expertise in some aspect of construction, let us know! Though we can't guarantee that we'll have work in that area on the day you'd like to volunteer, we'll certainly do everything we can to put your skills to good use. 
What should I wear? If you're volunteering at a fix-it job, a deconstruction site or at our Retail Outlet, 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 
• Gloves 
• 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. 
Committees (pull down #2) 
Although Fix-It is what comes to most people’s minds when considering supporting Community Toolbox, there is much work that needs to be done behind the scenes before, during and after helping our neighbors by improving their homes. Committee volunteers provide much needed support in the areas of volunteer management, fundraising, site evaluation, client advocacy and more. If you have a skill set that fits one of these teams, please contact the committee chairs listed for more information. 
Board of Directors 
Our all-volunteer Board of Directors represents a variety of experience and talent. We are actively recruiting Board members to help provide governance and direction as we lead out organization into the future. Board members meet monthly as a team, and some board members are involved in sub-committees that may meet regularly as well. If you are interested in helping drive our mission and increasing our capacity to help more people, please contact t.boisvert@commtoolbox.org 
Client Advocacy 
Works with families who have applied for the Fix-It program 
This team manages the Fix-It administrative process. It evaluates applications from referring agencies, works as liaison to these agencies, makes phone calls to prospective clients to discuss processes and procedures, and generally ensures that our clients have an excellent experience with CT from start to finish. If you want to help us help our neighbors, please contact info@commtoolbox.org 
Site Evaluation 
Evaluates prospective jobs, including determining materials needed and price 
This is a very important role for the Fix-It program. These evaluators enter our clients’ homes, evaluate scope, size and price of job. It is from this information we create pricing, and we need to make sure we are accurate here, for the sake of our neighbors in need. If you have construction and ____??_____ skills and experience, please contact info@commtoolbox.org 
Volunteer Relations 
Contacts, organizes and assigns volunteers 
This team finds the right people for the right volunteer work. They set up times and places to work, whether in the office, at events, at the job site or at the outlet. They help team chairs fill holes and build solid, functioning teams. This team also maintains our volunteer database, tracks volunteer hours and sets criteria for volunteer recognition. Love people? Enjoy finding out how their passion fits with our mission? Contact info@commtoolbox.org 
Fundraising 
Develops fundraising ideas; plans, coordinates & administers special events and campaigns 
Team members raise funds for our Fix-It Program. They coordinate corporate sponsorships, donor relations and recognition. They research and write grants. They plan and run events. While managing Community Toolbox fundraising, this team helps raise community awareness of our mission. Want to 
build relationships with people who are passionate about neighbors helping neighbors, and have the means to further our mission? Contact info@commtoolbox.org 
Public Relations 
Gets the word out about CT's mission and activities 
Team members interface with media; speak to local chambers of commerce, church congregations and other organizations; participate in community events; create marketing and presentation materials; maintain the web site and publish the newsletter. Do you love spreading the word about our neighbors in need? Contact info@commtoolbox.org