You’re really doing this. You’re going to sign up to volunteer in the middle of winter because you are a winter warrior! You’ve signed up for your build day and you know where you’re going, so now what? Greater Indy Habitat builds rain or shine (or snow!) so use these tips for braving the build site cold this winter.
1. Dress in warm layers – you never know what the day will bring with Indiana weather! Layer your clothing in this order for the most comfort:
- Layer 1 – dry wicking material to keep your skin dry
- Layer 2 – insulated layer of wool or polar fleece
- Layer 3 – nylon or another wind resistant material
Not only should you layer up tops and bottoms, also be sure to wear gloves, a hat, and warm socks, too!
Pro tip: Bring extra clothes to change into for your drive home. Any wet or damp clothes should be removed immediately at the end of your shift.
2. Wear the right shoes – Rain boots or work boots always make a great fashion statement on the build site! Ideally, you’ll want to wear shoes that are waterproof and insulated to keep your toes warm and dry all day.
3. Take breaks inside – You should take breaks any time you are working hard but it’s extra important when it’s cold out! Taking a break indoors can help raise your body temperature and keep you going strong throughout the day.
4. Stay hydrated –Drinking enough fluids isn’t only important in the summer. Did you know that we dehydrate faster in colder weather? Not only will a cup of hot chocolate keep you feeling toasty, it will also help keep you hydrated, win-win!
Pro tip: Habitat provides water, Clif Bars, and lunch for all of our build site volunteers. We’ll help keep you fueled up to go all day!
5. Know when to call it quits – There is a difference between feeling cold and experiencing a cold related illness. You followed all of our tips but you still start to feel bad. If you experience shivering, loss of coordination, reduced blood flow to hands and feet, numbness, tingling, or aching, don’t try to push though, warrior! Stop what you’re doing and tell the superintendent immediately so they can help get you back to normal.
If you follow these 5 tips, you’ll have a great time on the build site! Click here for more information and to sign up for a build day.