Special Habitat Volunteer Programs

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Women, youth and local churches are applauded for their enthusiasm and ingenuity in stepping up to volunteer with Habitat in North Mecklenburg and Iredell County. Take a look at what’s going on and discover an opportunity to be part of the positive change Our Towns is effecting in ending poverty housing.

Women Build

The Habitat for Humanity Women Build program enables females ages 16 and older to help build homes, communities and hope! Thousands of volunteers and homeowners around the world gain valuable skills and confidence to pound nails, raise walls, shingle roofs and so much more.

The Our Towns’ Women Build crew has funded and built 8 homes since 1998, and the ladies celebrates National Women Build Week each spring. Our building crew is growing ... and we invite you to join us.

Women Build currently is constructing its eighth home in the Norman Park community in Huntersville. Interested in joining the fun? Call 704-896-8957 or sign up online via Volunteer Up!.

Keep up with the Women Build project on Facebook, and see pictures from previous builds.

Building With Youth

We love partnering with youth (ages 14-17) and youth leaders to build a better future... today! Youth help the ministry of Habitat through volunteer service, fundraising initiatives, and education and advocacy efforts. Many students use their service hours toward credit for school or service clubs.

Our Towns Habitat for Humanity is committed to educating and involving hundreds young people in helping to solve the problem of poverty housing and address the need for affordable housing. This program gives youth an organized way to be involved and ultimately acknowledges their contribution. Our multi-part program involves learning about Our Towns, helping us by doing at least two approved activities and then reflecting on the experience. Each participant who completes the program is presented with a HABIreward.

Please look over our list of volunteer opportunities. Youth can help on a construction site and in any of our ReStores and in the Our Towns Habitat main office.

Construction

  • Ages 14-15 (accompanied by an adult only): cleaning, painting, landscaping and installing soil-retention fencing.
  • Ages 16-17: most construction tasks, except they cannot climb ladders or operate power tools.
  • Ages 18+: any and all construction tasks.

ReStore

  • Ages 14-15 (accompanied by an adult only): assisting with sorting and stocking books, linens and household items; sweeping and miscellaneous cleaning; and bagging and wrapping at the register.
  • Ages 16-17: data entry; cashier/register check-out; moving furniture; receiving donations at the back door; stocking (including books); and sorting and pricing (including folding linens).

We hope you find something that gets you excited about working with Habitat, because we are excited to work with you! Whether you are an individual youth, a scout troop, a youth group, or a school group, we welcome your interest. We ask groups be limited to six or fewer people.

Teen/Student Programs and Partnerships

School Partnership Programs

  • Our Towns participates in Collegiate Challenge by hosting school groups that travel to North Mecklenburg and Iredell County to build with us during alternative breaks. Here are some ways you can get involved with collegiate challenge:
    • Provide snacks and meals for Collegiate Challenge student groups.
    • Serve as a hospitality host welcoming the teams to town.
    • Help fund the houses Collegiate Challenge teams work on.
    • Form your own team to participate in Collegiate Challenge.
  • The HomeStay Program is a partnership with Davidson College. Local families serve as hosts for parents visiting their children over orientation weekend, family weekend and graduation weekend. In return for their free lodging, the parents donate money to Our Towns Habitat for Humanity to fund our local affordable housing program. For more information, email .

Faith Initiatives

“Habitat for Humanity has been a marvelous interfaith part of North Mecklenburg for many years. This is a chance for the entire faith community to join together so we not only build a home for a family, but we build cooperation, collegiality and friendship in a time of religious polarization.”
~ Rev. David Buck, rector at St. Albans Episcopal in Davidson

Local churches are reaching out in tangible ways as the hands and feet of Christ by participating with Our Towns Habitat for Humanity in an Interfaith Build Coalition for families in need.

Bethel Presbyterian Church in Cornelius raised the walls on a new home on Titan Avenue in spring 2015, and nearby more local congregations from a variety of religious backgrounds are constructing another home.

One member of the Interfaith Build Coalition said, “As nations war against each other in the name of religion, we need to show our community that members of differing religious beliefs can work together to build lives.”

Habitat is looking for other church partners and community members to learn more about how their support can make a difference. 

Check out our Local Churches Help blog.

Global Village

Our Towns Habitat for Humanity is making a global impact. As participants in Habitat International’s Global Village program, Our Towns tithes 10 percent of every unrestricted donated dollar. Since 1988, Our Towns Habitat has tithed more than $1.8 million.

We primarily tithe to Habitat Guatemala. Funds from our tithe go toward building Habitat homes and smokeless stoves, as well as supporting the Clean Water Project.

Teams from Our Towns Habitat have been traveling to Habitat Guatemala for over 18 years. We have trips once or twice a year for staff and volunteers who wish to follow our tithe and be hands-on in our global efforts to end poverty housing. As Katie Pollock, a trip volunteer, puts it, “It is a true reminder of what is really important in life and how much we have to be grateful for.”

In 2013, Our Towns was the largest contributor to Habitat Guatemala, providing 13 Guatemalan families with new homes and 75 families with water filters, latrines and smokeless stoves.

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Alternative Gift Guide

The benefit delivered to families that partner with Habitat for Humanity is very real.
 
       
  $10  Box of Nails   
  $35 Roof Shingles   
  $50  Low Flow Toilet   
  $75  Window   
  $100  Kitchen Sink   
  $150  Front Door   
  $500 Sliding  
  $1000  Wallboard   
  $2000  Flooring