BUILDERS FOR CHRIST VOLUNTEERS Q&A
Q: What is the application process for a building project?
A: In addition to completing the Kingdom Workers Application, BFC volunteers will also need to fill out a Project Sign-Up Form and sign a Volunteer Agreement. The Sign-Up Form captures information specifically needed for a building project. Once you’ve applied, a volunteer coordinator will contact you and confirm your availability. Next, the Project Manager will put together a full team schedule to make sure there are enough volunteers each week and will send final approval to all volunteers who are chosen to be part of that project.
Q: What can I expect as a Builders for Christ volunteer?
A: Most projects need a combination of skilled and entry level volunteers. If you’ve never lifted a hammer, you can still volunteer! On-the-job training is provided. Volunteers can choose to serve for just a few days up to the entire project length. Volunteers generally put in eight-hour days with a few breaks during the day for meals. Evenings can be spent socializing with the team or exploring the local area. Work includes painting, putting up drywall, framing, staining, etc. Each phase of the project requires different skills and numbers of volunteers.
Q: What are some examples of Builders For Christ projects?
A: Click here to find information about 2015 and 2016 projects: http://www.kingdomworkers.com/buildersforchrist.php
Builders For Christ also helps with home rehabilitation on the Apache reservations. Click here to learn more about that opportunity: http://www.kingdomworkers.com/apachehousing.php
BFC is involved in 3-6 large projects each year that last approximately three months, and there are many smaller projects that only take a few weeks.
Q: Is housing provided?
A: Builders For Christ volunteers may have the option to travel with their RV and park near the project site. Hotels are available nearby, and congregations also provide host families for short-term volunteers. Specific housing information will be included in the project description, and project managers will assist with identifying accommodations as needed.
Q: Can I fundraise for my trip?
A: Please contact Kingdom Workers for information about fundraising.
Q: I’m not sure what to do for transportation, can you help?
A: Absolutely! We are happy to talk through different options and share ideas. Some BFC volunteers drive an RV to the work site and stay for a longer period of time. For short-term volunteers, there is usually housing available with church members. You can also choose to stay at a hotel.
Q: Do I have to have previous experience to apply?
A: No previous experience is needed!
Q: What are the age restrictions?
A: Anyone age 16 or older may serve on a Builders For Christ project. However, volunteers under the age of 18 must have an adult chaperone who will volunteer as their supervisor. If you are currently 15 years old, you may apply to volunteer as long as you turn 16 before the start of the project.
Q: Do chaperones need to fill out an application?
A: Yes! Kingdom Workers requires that each chaperone applies, is approved by Kingdom Workers, and actively participates in the mission project.
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: Safety equipment will be supplied, but please wear clothing that protects you from sharp and blunt objects. Shoes must either be tennis shoes or thicker.
For safety and courtesy, please refrain from the use of cell phones, headphones or hand held games while volunteering on a construction site.
NOTE: Only volunteers age 18 and older are permitted to operate motor vehicles and power tools, to climb ladders and scaffolding, to work on a roof or to engage in any other hazardous activities.