Frequently Asked Questions

 

FAQ's: Volunteer Edition

Do I have to pre-register?


Yes! We plan work scopes, job assignments, t-shirt and food quantities based on volunteers that have pre-registered for an event. We may not be able to accommodate walk-up volunteers on a Rebuilding Day. You can find our volunteer application here (we'll contact you directly to confirm registration for an event).




Do I need home repair skills?


No! We have house captains and skilled leaders to guide you through your assigned tasks. We also need help with hospitality (the care and feeding of our volunteers), photography, and materials management. Runners drive to the nearest hardware store for last minute materials needs, manage our supply truck, including loading and unloading at the warehouse, and help get needed materials to houses.

If you do have home repair skills, be sure to let us know on the volunteer application in the skills assessment section.




How should I dress?


Always wear long pants and closed-toe shoes, for safety. Then, dress for the weather. Our Rebuilding Days are rain or shine (occasionally snow or shine). On sunny days, remember a hat and sunscreen. When the weather is not cooperating, we try our best to get all of our volunteers working indoors. We recommend layers, and please wear clothes you are willing to get dirty – if you are not willing to get paint on it, don’t wear it! We'll give you a t-shirt when you check in, and ask you to wear it (which makes our photos look nice).




What should I bring?


We have all of the tools, safety equipment and supplies you’ll need to complete whatever job we assign to you. If you are especially attached to your own work gloves or tools, you may bring them, but please be sure they are labeled with your name.




What's for lunch?


We typically have coffee and granola bars in the morning, then break for lunch around noon. We try to let volunteers know a few days prior to each Rebuilding Day what we’re planning for lunch. Typically, we serve sandwiches or pizza. If you have special dietary needs, or like to snack frequently, please bring your own snacks and/or lunch.




What about to drink?


We always have water available for our volunteers. If you bring a refillable water bottle, it helps cut down on trash.




What will I be doing all day?


We have jobs for all skill levels. Typical Rebuilding Day projects include: painting, cleaning, landscaping, floor installation, drywall, light electrical and plumbing repairs. Each project has a house captain, and a skilled leader that can guide you. As a volunteer, you will help make someone's home more safe and healthy. Please take a few minutes to complete our skills assessment when you register online, so we can assign you to the right job.




Where can I park my car?


We frequently close the block where we are working to traffic, for the safety of our volunteers and to help with the logistics of truck deliveries and dumpsters. However, we’ll be sure there is nearby street parking. We alert volunteers a few days prior to the Rebuilding Day about any specific driving/parking advice.




I have home repair skills. How can I make sure you don’t waste my talents?


Complete the skills assessment when you register, and we’ll be better able to assign you to the right job.




What if I am more of a leader than a worker bee?


Project management types make great house captains and super captains. Let us know if you are interested in being a leader.




What's the process for getting a group involved?


When we plan a Block Build, we reach out to our Sponsors first to fill volunteer spots. When sponsors are not able to recruit enough volunteers, we open volunteer spots to individuals and small groups. Contact Esther Wiesner to see if we can accommodate your group at our next Block Build (ewiesner@rebuildingphilly.org or 215-437-9555).




Are there any upcoming volunteer opportunities during COVID-19?


Due to COVID-19, we have paused our large-group volunteer projects. But we hope to have small projects scheduled soon! Stay up-to-date with RTP news, updates and volunteer opportunities by signing up for our monthly e-newsletter. Questions about volunteering? Please email Jade Taylor, External Relations Coordinator.





FAQ's: Sponsor Edition

What age/level of player is this for?


This program has been built for hockey players. While most of our clients are elite players, programs are designed to prepare players to thrive with physical demands of hockey. This program is recommended for players 13+ who have had some sort of strength & conditioning coaching/gym experience in the past - and want their own structure for workouts on their own.




What kind of commitment do I need to make?


Everything great requires commitment. Whether you’re looking to go from AA to AAA, get drafted, or earn a professional contract – elite performance requires commitment. The program is designed for you to commit to at least three workouts per week, along with an optional mobility/conditioning workout. Our bonus manuals allow for players to get extra workouts in as needed. S aying that, one of the advantages of Relentless Hockey programs is the flexibility to train whenever and wherever you want. So while we expect you to commit to 3 workouts per week, you can create your own training schedule that works for you.




What equipment do I need?


This program was designed for a basic gym setup. Because it's specifically for youth players - we deliberatedly eliminated most equipment demands - and rely heavily on bands and dumbbells. Some exercises will provide alternaitve suggestions if a player wants to utilize barbells - but with our youth athletes ( and even many of our juniors) we place signficiant emphasis on dumbbells. We want to do the simple things savagely well!




What makes this program specifically for youth players?


This program is specifically designed for the development needs of younger hockey players. Our goal is to create the physical foundations that will allow them to build on ( both on & off ice) for years to come. This means there's a strong focus on challenging movement patterns, improving coordination/stability - while also starting to challenge fundamental movements with resistence. This program combines the latest in youth athletic development, physical literacy, and fundamental strength & conditioning practices - with all with hockey-centric focus.





FAQ's: Homeowner Edition

What age/level of player is this for?


This program has been built for hockey players. While most of our clients are elite players, programs are designed to prepare players to thrive with physical demands of hockey. This program is recommended for players 13+ who have had some sort of strength & conditioning coaching/gym experience in the past - and want their own structure for workouts on their own.




What kind of commitment do I need to make?


Everything great requires commitment. Whether you’re looking to go from AA to AAA, get drafted, or earn a professional contract – elite performance requires commitment. The program is designed for you to commit to at least three workouts per week, along with an optional mobility/conditioning workout. Our bonus manuals allow for players to get extra workouts in as needed. S aying that, one of the advantages of Relentless Hockey programs is the flexibility to train whenever and wherever you want. So while we expect you to commit to 3 workouts per week, you can create your own training schedule that works for you.




What equipment do I need?


This program was designed for a basic gym setup. Because it's specifically for youth players - we deliberatedly eliminated most equipment demands - and rely heavily on bands and dumbbells. Some exercises will provide alternaitve suggestions if a player wants to utilize barbells - but with our youth athletes ( and even many of our juniors) we place signficiant emphasis on dumbbells. We want to do the simple things savagely well!




What makes this program specifically for youth players?


This program is specifically designed for the development needs of younger hockey players. Our goal is to create the physical foundations that will allow them to build on ( both on & off ice) for years to come. This means there's a strong focus on challenging movement patterns, improving coordination/stability - while also starting to challenge fundamental movements with resistence. This program combines the latest in youth athletic development, physical literacy, and fundamental strength & conditioning practices - with all with hockey-centric focus.





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