Project HomeWorks: Volunteer Program
Project HomeWorks is Habitat Japan’s local volunteer program where we work with vulnerable persons and families such as the elderly, disabled, and single-parent families who need help to rehabilitate their homes into a safe and sanitary state. Many of the vulnerable individuals we support through Project HomeWorks typically have little financial means and/or social support, as well as mobility issues that make it difficult to care for themselves, let alone their homes.
During a Project HomeWorks session, we work with volunteers to make homes safer by decluttering items. Homes are also made cleaner to improve the health and well-being of our vulnerable persons and families.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask all the volunteers to read and agree to the following notes and guidelines to join our volunteer sessions.
Upcoming Volunteer Sessions:
For corporate and group volunteer teams, please send a query to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What to expect:
- Project HomeWorks sessions typically are half-day sessions starting either in the morning or afternoon. Please find more details from the details above.
- The minimum age for volunteers is 18 years old on the date of the session and volunteers must agree to Habitat Japan's "Release and Waiver of Liability" and submit the virtually signed waiver by email prior to the volunteer session day and submit the "Health Declaration Form" on the day of activities.
- Volunteers will typically be split into working teams of 2 to 4 people per house.
- Habitat staff will conduct a safety briefing at the start of each session.
- Scope of work carried out by volunteers including; sorting, de-cluttering & disposal of items, Intensive cleaning of rooms, kitchens & bathrooms, and minor repairs such as furniture.
Fees, Items to bring, Insurance
￥1,000 (Except Habitat Japan current campus chapter members）
*This is used for your volunteer insurance and protection gear and other items for Project HomeWorks
[Items to bring]
- Please wear a mask before arriving at meeting places
- Working clothes you don't mind getting dirty; recommended long sleeve shirt and long trousers
- Caps and towels to cover your head
- Bottled water
- Volunteer Health Declaration (Please print and bring a copy)
Since Habitat Japan has subscribed to volunteer insurance, everyone who participates in the activity is covered by this insurance. This fee is included in your participation fee. In order to cover with insurance, please be sure to enter your name, address, and contact address, in the application form below.
【New Volunteer Guidelines】
Habitat Japan has resumed the local volunteer programs including Project HomeWorks. Habitat Japan had to make adjustments to our volunteering program for the safety of our vulnerable home partners and volunteers and ask all the volunteers to understand and agree to the following volunteer guidelines prior to applying for our volunteer sessions.
【Change of Schedule or Cancellation of Activities】
There is a possibility that the activity will be suddenly changed or canceled due to the sudden health condition of our beneficiaries. Please note that in some cases, we may be notified of the cancellation on the day of the activity. Thank you for your understanding.
Depending on our beneficiary's home conditions, there may be pets, or animals, or you may feel dusty. If you have any allergies to animals or dust, please let us know in advance.
Habitat Japan Domestic Volunteer Guidelines
- Habitat Japan proposes to adhere to government recommendations and to stop the operations when and if stricter COVID restrictions such as a “state of emergency” are advised by the government. The volunteers who agree to join Habitat Japan domestic volunteer activities understand and agree to the following guidelines and the volunteer waiver and will sign the "Release and Waiver of Liability".
【Protocols to Join Volunteer Activities】
- Volunteers have not been in close in-person contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient in the past 7 days
- Volunteers or anyone volunteers live with have not arrived in Japan from overseas in the past 7 days
- Volunteers have none of the following symptoms: fever (37.5℃ or above on volunteer day) dry cough, fever, shortness of breath, or other flu-like symptoms
- Volunteers must communicate with their family members and housemates to live with to ask for their understanding for him/her to join Habitat Japan volunteer activities.
- Volunteers are advised to follow the corporate/school guidelines of each volunteer belongs to if those guidelines restrict for them to join any social activities including Habitat Japan volunteer
- Volunteers must sign the "Release and Waiver of Liability" to join Habitat Japan volunteer activities.
- Volunteers must be 18 years old or above.
- Anyone who is at increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19 refrains from joining the volunteer activities.
【At work site】
- In order to keep the social distancing, the minimum no. of staff and volunteers work at the worksite
- Volunteers must wear a mask at the worksite
- Volunteers sanitize their hands if possible, with hand soap and/or with alcohol sanitizers before entering the worksite
- Volunteers wear gloves(cloth, latex, plastic, etc) during the volunteer activities
- Volunteers try to keep at least a 1-meter physical distance constantly including during any activities
- Practice good respiratory hygiene in the worksite at all times by asking partners to open windows and doors
- Volunteers try to leave the work site no longer than 3 hours. If they need to stay more than 3 hours to complete the activity, Habitat Japan needs to ask all the volunteers and home partners for another consent to extend the volunteer hours prior to the activities.