Getting Involved

CONSTRUCTION VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Helping out with the construction of a Habitat home can be a richly rewarding experience. It’s a great way for anyone in the construction trades to give something back to the community.

Do you have construction skills?
If we are to reach and sustain our goal of building a home each year, we need to find more volunteers with construction skills. We need people with construction knowledge who can give us an occasional Saturday to serve as a crew leader or site supervisor on one of the houses. The volunteer positions that are needed most are:

Construction Site supervisors
Habitat for Humanity needs contractors and professional house builders to lead volunteer work crews on Saturdays. Our houses are very simple, one-story, 3 bedroom homes. Site Supervisors work with the Crew Leaders to divide up the work for the day and to lead the unskilled volunteers in the day's task list.

Construction Crew leader
Habitat for Humanity needs people with some construction skills and people skills who can volunteer on occasional Saturdays as Crew Leaders. On Saturdays, each house has a Site Supervisor who can show the crew leaders what needs to be done. The Crew Leaders show the unskilled volunteers what to do, but always have the Site Supervisor to go to if they have questions. The houses are simple, so Crew Leaders don't need to know everything about construction. They just have to be willing to work with eager, unskilled volunteers in small groups of 2 to 10.

“People Who are Handy with Tools”
Some home handy people are not comfortable being crew leaders. But Saturdays go more smoothly if we have some handy people working alongside the unskilled volunteers. Even if you can only sign up for a Saturday once every few months, that is extremely helpful.

Mid-Week Habitat Construction Volunteers
Habitat needs a few good retirees or others who have a day off during the week to volunteer to work on our Mid-Week Construction Crews. We currently have a Friday crew who have a great time together working together every week You don't need to come every week, but once you get started you will want to because it's so much fun. And you don't need to have any construction skills, but you will have plenty after a few months.

Masons, Electricians, and Plumbers
One of our greatest and most costly needs in house construction, is the specific skill that can only be performed by skilled masons, electricians, and plumbers. Anyone who has professional experience in this field is a highly prized volunteer. We work flexibly with scheduling.

To volunteer for any of these roles, please call the Habitat office at 540-967-0486 or e-mail us at brownsb@verizon.net. If your Web browser can display PDF files, you may print the Volunteer Form and mail it to the Habitat office at P.O. Box 1179, Louisa, VA 23093.

 


OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Although construction volunteers are vital to Habitat, we also need non-construction volunteers to help with the following:

Communications and PR Committee Members
Help spread the good works of Habitat! Our Communications Committee will help make Habitat better known to our community. Will also work closely with several other Habitat committees to publicize certain needs or volunteers opportunities, and for special Habitat events.

Saturday On-Site Volunteer Coordinators
We need a several people to volunteer to take turns being on the site each Saturday to ensure that every volunteer signs a liability form before picking up a hammer, gets a nametag front and back, and knows where the tools, restroom, and first-aid kit are. The On-Site Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for establishing a friendly atmosphere by introducing the skilled leaders to the unskilled group and introducing the Partner Family. The volunteer coordinator needs to wait to jump into the action until all construction volunteers have a task. This is a great role for someone who is outgoing. Helping set up lunch would also be helpful.

Family Advocate
Habitat needs people who would be willing to volunteer three or four hours a month as Family Advocates. Our Family Support committee can train you to work with a family and be their liaison with Habitat from the time they are approved as a partner family until they move into their new home and beyond. Other people provide expertise on budgeting and homeowner skills. The advocates provide friendship and moral support.

House Dedications Coordinator
We need a volunteer to plan and organize a fun, memorable House Dedication ceremony/service for each family once they've moved into their house. We'd be happy to show you how we've been doing it: a little song, a little celebration, and a little food! The partner family invites friends and family, and Habitat invites donors and all the volunteers who have worked on the house.

Landscaping Coordinator
One or two garden-happy persons to coordinate landscaping of our houses once they are finished. This includes searching for discounted or donated plants, working with the partner families to know where they would like some plantings, and scheduling a landscaping day with volunteers to do the planting.

Volunteer Coordination Committee Members
Make phone calls and email churches, businesses, and community organizations to recruit volunteers.

Special Events Volunteers
Volunteers who help occasionally throughout the year with Habitat related functions.

To volunteer for any of these roles, please call the Habitat 540-967-0486 or e-mail us at brownsb@verizon.net. If your Web browser can display PDF files, you may print the Volunteer Form and mail it to the Habitat office at P.O. Box 1179, Louisa, VA 23093.

 


TO DONATE

Your gift of money or materials is needed to help build simple, decent affordable homes for hard-working, deserving families here in Louisa County. We rely solely on local support to fulfill our mission of eliminating substandard housing in our area.

Habitat for Humanity is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization; therefore, your gifts to Habitat are fully tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes.

Donations by check or money order may be mailed to:

Louisa County Habitat for Humanity
P.O. Box 1179
Louisa, VA 23093

Online donations by credit card may be made through our associated affiliate (Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville) at this secure site. If you want the gift to reach Louisa County Habitat for Humanity, note this in the Note Regarding Gift box.

If you would like to make a donation of materials or land, please contact us directly at 540-967-0486 or e-mail at brownsb@verizon.net.

Donation of building materials, new or used, can be made to Charlottesville's Habitat Store. Information about the store can be found here.

We also accept donations of used vehicles in running condition. We sell donated vehicles and use the sales proceeds to help build homes.

 


SPONSORING A HOUSE

Churches, businesses and civic organizations can sponsor a house or a part of a house by providing a portion of the money and volunteers needed to build a house. A sponsorship for half a house would be $30,000 and most of the volunteers for about 9 Saturdays. Or a group may choose to be a Saturday sponsor by donating $1,000 and the volunteers needed for one Saturday during construction. If an organization would like to support the Habitat mission but does not have enough volunteers for the commitment, we have other volunteers who would like the opportunity to work and would be happy to work with the sponsoring group. Working together on a Habitat home is a great way to bring a faith or business community closer together.

 

 

 

 

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