Volunteers wanted!

Engaging and retaining volunteers is vital to the success of Habitat for Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island. Our volunteers enable us to better support our mission of providing affordable homeownership to the communities we serve. Volunteering on the Habitat build site, in the ReStore, in the ReFresh or the Warehouse, is a rewarding experience that everyone will enjoy. It’s also a great chance to give back to the community, make friends, have fun and receive on the job training for all work undertaken!

To volunteer with Habitat, sign up on our online portal, wait for your application to be approved. We will contact you as to how you can obtain your Criminal Records Check through your local RCMP detachment  (you will need a volunteer letter from us first), and once processed you can sign up for your orientation session and then start signing up for shifts!

If you are really interested in starting with us, you can FAST TRACK your application process by reviewing the 3 resources below as they are required before your first Orientation shift:


Here they are for your reference:

  1. https://youtu.be/24VlBClwLCg
  2. https://youtu.be/pHxJ9BIDrRo
  3. Volunteer handbook 2022


Do also let us know if you would prefer to volunteer in one of the specific areas below or wherever needed!



  1. ReStore Nanaimo
  2. ReFresh Nanaimo
  3. Warehouse Nanaimo
  4. ReStore Duncan
  5. Admin Office Nanaimo
  6. Build Site Nanaimo ( We have just completed a build in Duncan so stay tuned for more updates re our next build!)


Please also note that we require all volunteers to refrain from wearing shorts at anytime as pants/slacks are required due to safety reasons as per WorkSafeBC.

We also require all volunteers to wear masks while volunteering. If you are not fully vaccinated then we require volunteers to wear a mask and face shield.


Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we strive to ensure a safe environment for staff, volunteers and customers.


If you have any questions about the process of signing up or any other volunteering related question, please contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteercoordinator@habitatmvi.org

Build Site Opportunities


  • Minimum 16 years old
  • Safety shoes required

Duties Include:

  • Construction
  • Carpentry
  • Painting

ReStore Opportunities

Duties Include:

  • Retail sales
  • Refurbishing materials
  • Stocking shelves
  • Assembling products
  • Collection and deliverables

Admin Office Opportunities

Duties Include:

  • T-shirt Inventory
  • Filing
  • Sorting and organizing marketing and promotional items
  • Painting offices
  • Creating databases
  • Supporting local HFHMVI event preparation