Be Prepared For Your Volunteer Shift

By Jeremy Bell, in Extreme

Thank you to everyone for volunteering to change a family’s life. This enormous project can only happen because of volunteers like you! We just wanted to outline some key information to make sure you are prepared for your volunteer shift.

Parking and Registration Location

Volunteer Registration Location and Parking
The Volunteer Registration site will be located at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes on the left side of the parking lot after turning into the main entrance on Kings Highway near the entrance of the school. All Volunteers must park at the high school and take the shuttle to the home location, which will be announced on Monday, August 22nd after the family is surprised. Because of the secrecy and importance of surprise to the family, the home location will not be announced until after Ty and the design team have surprised them with the wonderful news.
Please try to arrive about an hour before your shift as the shuttle ride to the home site may take up to 30 minutes and there are a limited number of shuttles available for transport. Please do not drive to the home location as you will not be permitted to park near the site. Volunteers will be given shirts, hats and wrist bands when they check in at Registration. You must have an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Volunteer T-Shirt, hard hat, and wrist band to enter the build site. The Volunteer T-Shirts are not the same as the Building Happiness shirts that are available for purchase.
Spectators will also be able to park at Cape Henlopen High School and ride the shuttle to the build location, but an additional parking/shuttle location for spectators only will be announced on Monday, August 22nd.
Volunteer Requirements
You MUST be 18 or older to volunteer. No one under 18 is allowed in or around the build site. This is an insurance and liability issue for the Construction and Production team. Please bring a valid driver’s license for proof of age.
All volunteers must complete release/agreement forms at registration. To speed up the process, please print and complete the forms ahead of time and bring them with you to registration.

If you are working more than one shift, you will need to bring new signed forms on each shift.
This is a Construction Site
Fully closed shoes/boots are required on set. There are NO exceptions.
Keep an eye out for heavy machinery, tools, and sharp materials at all times. Please watch your step.
Unless given specific duties, you should not be roaming the set. You will be asked to stand by in a designated area as deemed by your Volunteer Coordinator.
As a reminder, changes to the construction schedule may require fewer or more volunteers than we currently have scheduled for each shift. We cannot guarantee that all registered volunteers will be asked to work on site and appreciate your patience and understanding should such a change occur during your shift.
Rain or shine, construction will continue so please remember to dress appropriately and address the elements.
Shift 4 Clarification
We have had a few questions about Shift 4 in the morning hours and which day those hours are covering. Each Day begins at 8 am with Shift 1 and each shift is 6 hours long. Therefore, Day 1 (Mon, Aug 22) Shift 4 – (2am-8am) is really during Tuesday morning, although it is labeled as Monday. We hope this was clear to everyone but understand there may have been some confusion.
We will do our best to accommodate change requests as a result of any confusion, but since the shifts are all full, we may not be able to accommodate everyone.
Thank you again for your support. We are very excited about this opportunity to help the family and look forward to working with all of you.

Update: The Volunteer Coordinator provided a few other things to be aware of during your volunteer shifts. EMHE wants to stress “safety first” for everyone on hand to ensure a successful show. There are a few additional rules that must be adhered to in order to complete the home makeover within the timeline.

Meals and Beverages
Meals, snacks and beverages will be provided throughout each day and are being donated by local restaurants and cafes. Their generosity is most appreciated.
While working as a volunteer, we ask that you do not disturb the designers for autographs. They are working and need to complete their tasks in a tight time frame. If you want an autograph, you must wait for the proper time in the spectator area. Thank you for your patience.
There should be absolutely no autographing of Hard Hats. These are the property of Schell Brothers and must be returned to check-in for future use.
Cameras and Cell Phones
There are absolutely NO CAMERAS, CAMERA PHONES, OR VIDEO CAMERAS allowed in the house at ANY TIME. You will be asked to leave if seen taking photos or videos. Please set your cell phones to “vibrate” if you need to have them on site.
Production Staff
There is a large TV Production staff working to complete the home with the contractors and designers. We ask that you do not disturb the camera operators, audio technicians, or producers when they are working.
Reveal Day
Please join us on our Reveal Day on August 29th to welcome the family home. Don’t forget to wear your shirt! All are welcome.