Volunteer with Habitat
Whether you're interested in a day spent on our construction site, sponsoring a build and doing some team building or volunteering behind the scenes with one of our committees, Habitat has a spot for you
Volunteer on our Committees!
Interested in helping out behind the scenes to select our homeowners, advocate on their behalf, help out with special events and more?! Then consider joining one of our many committees.
Wabash Valley Habitat for Humanity understands that construction is not for everyone; however, that shouldn't mean you can't find your niche within our organization. We may be in the business of construction, but that doesn't mean construction is all we do. There is a lot of behind the scenes work that must be done before construction can even begin! If we didn't have a Homeowner Selection Committee working to review applications and recommend families to our Board of Directors, then we wouldn't have homeowners to work with. If we didn't have a Special Events/Fundraising Committee, then we wouldn't have near enough funds to begin to build our homes. If we didn't have a Homeowner Support Committee, we wouldn't have advocates to work with our homeowners during their journey to homeownership! It takes much more to build a house than a hammer and nails, so we offer a variety of ways to get involved in the process.
Listed below are volunteer committees seeking additional volunteers to participate. Our committees are volunteer led and typically meet for an hour or two once a month. Meetings are generally held in the late afternoons or early evenings, though most committees are flexible. For more information regarding volunteering on our committees, please contact the Habitat office.
Homeowner Selection: Before a homeowner can start their sweat equity requirements and move into their home, they need to be selected, which of course is the primary purpose of our Homeowner Selection Committee. This committee is responsible for reviewing homeowner applications, discussing an applicant(s) need for affordable housing, ability to repay the 0% interest mortgage and willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity, following up with applicant(s), conducting home visits and ultimately making a recommendation to the Board of Directors on behalf of potential partner families. This committee works with homeowners before they are selected to become Habitat Partner Families, so there is a lot of communication and discussion involved. Occasionally, these volunteers do outreach on behalf of Habitat for Humanity whether that is leading an application orientation or giving a quick presentation to some of our partners such as the Family Self Sufficiency Program at the Terre Haute Housing Authority. Experience with mortgage lending laws is a plus, but not required. Volunteers must be objective and keep the interests of the organization in mind.
Homeowner Support: Once a homeowner is approved by our Board of Directors, they become a Habitat Partner Family and begin their journey to homeownership. Our Homeowner Support Advocates assist them on this journey and work closely with our partner families from the time they are selected until about a year after they move into their home. When we say "support", we do not mean any financial support! This committee is dedicated to mentoring and empowering our homeowners and supporting them only in that regard. These volunteers act as liaisons between the Habitat Staff, Construction Crew and the Partner Family and are often the go-to contact person when a homeowner has questions related to Habitat. They assist the homeowner(s) through the construction process and monitor their sweat equity to make sure partner families are staying on track. This volunteer position often develops into lasting relationships with families as they are present from the Wall Raising Ceremony to the House Dedication. Homeowner Support Advocates work closely with a diversity of people so being able to mediate, empathize and support without patronizing are all key qualities. We will train all volunteers on the background of Habitat and our program so they can better assist homeowners.
Special Events/Fundraising: Fundraising is a key component of Habitat for Humanity's mission as raising more funds means more families can be served! Wabash Valley Habitat for Humanity has one large fundraiser a year, our Chair-ity Event, and a few smaller ones sprinkled throughout. Volunteers on this committee work to make all events successful by soliciting donations, attracting sponsors, assisting with set-up, publicity, etc. of special events. This committee typically meets once a month during our "off-season" and twice a month in the heat of things. We are seeking people eager to spread the word about our mission and our events and participate in them the best way they know how whether that is through Public Relations, Marketing, Interviews, Finding Sponsors, Organizing the Event, etc. We're looking forward to expanding our special events with more volunteers behind the scenes.
Financial Planning: Financial Planning volunteers work with the Executive Board and the Finance Program Manager on the annual budget and finance record keeping. Volunteers meet once a month. More information can be found by contacting our Finance Program Director directly.
Faith Relations: Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide. As such, volunteers on our Faith Relations Committee work with local ministries and church groups to recruit volunteers, house partnerships, possible partner families, etc. Often times churches sponsor lunches on our build sites or encourage their youth groups to gather and donate various items for our homeowners on move in day such as cleaning supplies, door hangers, handmade magnets, fruit baskets, etc. An important component of Faith Relations is also making connections and partnerships with various local ministries for Habitat presentations to recruit more volunteers and/or partner families.
Resource Development: Resource Development Volunteers work with local suppliers and contractors to develop opportunities for In-Kind Donations and Pro Bono skilled labor in critical areas such as plumbing, painting, roofing and electrical work. These volunteers can either seek out the services of others or donate their own time if they are skilled laborers and would like to get involved with Habitat for Humanity.
Newsletter: We also seek out volunteers to assist us with our newsletter. Twice a year, Wabash Valley Habitat for Humanity sends out a newsletter to update our donors, volunteers, etc. of the goings-on of Habitat for the past six months. Volunteers on our Newsletter Committee work with Habitat Staff to suggest articles, layout, pictures, etc. for the newsletter. Often times, the volunteers on this committee also conduct interviews and write the articles themselves; however, there are other areas to lend a hand. If you have a knack for graphic design and want to design our newsletter, we'd love to work with you! If you've been on our build site and want to lend us some pictures or write about your experience, we encourage it! Written and verbal communication skills are critical but we do not require that you be pursuing a degree or have a job in the field of journalism or graphic design. Just a creative eye and a willingness to go out and talk to people!
Volunteer on our Construction Site!
Interested in a hands on volunteer experience learning and building homes from the ground up alongside our homeowners?! Then the construction site is the place for you!
We accept people of all skill levels to volunteer on our construction site. In fact, no experience is necessary though it never hurts! Volunteers must be over the age of 16 to volunteer on our construction sites and all volunteers must sign a Liability Waiver before volunteering.
We typically build about three houses a year at our affiliate which means we are building all throughout the year. Our primary focus is new construction though there may be some occasions for volunteers to assist with a rehab (please note a rehab is not a repair rather a gutting and flipping of an existing house).
Volunteers partake in a variety of construction tasks as we utilize them at every facet of building whether that means framing walls, shingling a roof, building our sheds, painting, flooring, helping with plumbing or building decks, etc. Part of what makes volunteering on the construction site so intriguing is that for many of us, we are learning these tasks as we go. And often times, the homeowners are right beside our volunteers learning with them. There's a great feeling of community and empowerment when you step foot on the construction site.
While we encourage volunteers to stay the whole day to really see the progress of what a day's work can mean on a Habitat build, we also understand that people have prior commitments outside of Habitat for Humanity. Therefore, we do not necessarily hold our volunteers to time commitments. If you want to come and volunteer your time for an hour, that's great! If you can stay a whole day, that's fantastic! If you want to volunteer one day a week or one day a month, we will accept you because even that one hour or one day a month makes a difference in our mission.
Construction hours are as follows:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 8:00am - 2:00pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Please call the Habitat office (812-235-5914) for the location of the current build.
Scheduling a Group Build on the Construction Site
If you're interested in scheduling a date for you group (5-15 people) to volunteer, please make arrangements with the Habitat office ahead of time!
We encourage groups to get out on our construction sites and volunteer to see what they can accomplish when working together! We often get a lot of student groups who wish to volunteer their time on Saturday mornings, but we also accept volunteers during the week if that works best with your schedule. Regardless of which day(s) you would like to volunteer, advance notice for us is best so we can make sure to best utilize your time and efforts when on our construction sites.
Whether you would like to schedule a date for your student group or your business to partake in some team building, give us a call and get on our schedule today!