"They made their facility available to our kids, they fed them and just generally made them feel at home. A beautiful expression of our connection. "
- Hope Church, Voorhees, NJ

What to bring

Clothing: Heavy work or closed-toed boots or sneakers; work pants and long sleeve work shirts.  Shorts and T-shirts (in summer) changes of clothing for after work; appropriate outer gear for the season, work gloves. 

Bedding: Pillow, sleeping bag, sheets or blankets. Some people are more comfortable adding a foam bed roll on top of our cots or bunk beds.

Toiletries: soaps, shampoos, towels (beach towel in the summer)

Other suggestions: flash light, ear buds, coolers, water bottles, a first aid kit, bug spray, sun screen

Eating and Cooking: 

Our host congregations will prepare two dinners for our volunteers each week. Other meals can be prepared by one of your team members in our full service kitchens. We have plenty of storage facilities on our shelves and in our refrigerators. You can bring your own food supplies from home or we can direct you to the nearest grocery store when you arrive. Please be aware if you are sharing a kitchen with another team, you should label food items and schedule meal preparation in advance. We encourage you to combine meals with different teams for fellowship and to share experiences. 

Construction Supplies: 

We make every effort to have all the necessary construction supplies available at the work site each day. Occasionally, a work site may require a restock of construction supplies, which delays the work day. Patience and flexibility is key to our success.    


Although standard work tools will be available at the work sites, we encourage you to bring your own tools when possible.  Unfortunately, we cannot provide you details on the specific work or place you will be working in advance. Our schedules and needs can change weekly depending on the work requirements of each house and the skill level of the work teams each week. 

If you are bringing tools with you, we suggest: 

  • Hammers
  • Pliers
  • Screw drivers             
  • Cordless drills
  • Extension cords
  • Crow bars
  • Measuring tapes
  • Utility knives
  • Rasps
  • Paint rollers
  • Trash bags              
  • Levels
  • Squares                               
  • Sand paper               
  • Chop saws
  • Sheet rock saws                   
  • Jigsaws                     
  • Scrapers
  • Paint brushes                       
  • Putty knives              
  • Safety goggles
  • Cotton rags                          
  • Face masks            
  • Step stools