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.
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 7 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!.
Building With Youth
We love partnering with youth 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 of 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.
- Ages 12-13 (accompanied by an adult only): landscaping
- Ages 14-15 (accompanied by an adult only): cleaning, painting, landscaping and installing soil-retention fencing.
- Ages 16-17: most construction tasks, except climbing ladders or operating power tools.
- Ages 18+: any and all construction tasks.
- 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.
Davidson College Partnership
Davidson College's Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity partners with Our Towns Habitat to build homes in the Lake Norman community. Students volunteer on constructions sites and help raise funds for new home construction. Our Towns also partners with Davidson College for the innovative HomeStay fundraising initiative. The HomeStay program provides local families who serve as hosts for parents visiting their children over orientation weekend, family weekend and graduation weekend. In return for their "all the comforts of home" lodging, the parents make a donation to Our Towns Habitat for Humanity to fund our local affordable housing program. For more information, email .
“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.
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.