Volunteer

Since our founding in 1988, our affiliate has

built nearly

212

homes

served more than

780

people

Much of what Habitat is today, and will ever be, is made possible by our donors and volunteers. Each year, individuals volunteer almost thousands hours of time saving us hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.

Last year, individuals volunteered

almost

7570

hours of time

saving us about

$

260

thousand

annually

Ways to Get Involved

Home Construction

Build a home alongside our future homeowners. No construction experience? No worries. We welcome all people of all skill levels to the build site and will teach you what you will be doing during your time with us. Volunteers must be 16 years or older to volunteer on our construction site. Additionally, volunteers must be 18 years or older to operate power tools or participate in construction work requiring a ladder.

For more information, contact our Engagement and Development Coordinator at jford@monroecountyhabitat.org.

Hospitality or Site Hosting

Interested in being on the build site, but not looking to build? Consider site hosting. Our site hosts welcome and check-in volunteers, set up hospitality stations (food, water, first aid), help maintain safety, and support all of the builders on site.

Food Donation

Do you love to bake or cook? Help us feed our hardworking (and hungry!) volunteers on the build site. Homemade goodies, donated snacks, or full lunches are much appreciated!

Special Projects

Building homes alongside hardworking families and volunteers wouldn’t be possible without help behind the scenes. We’re always looking for people to help in a variety of ways--everything from planning events and writing family stories to research and leading budget management courses.

ReStore Volunteer

Help the Restore achieve its mission to increase the number of homes built in partnership with families through the Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County Program.

For more information, contact our ReStore Customer Service Manager at fletcher@monroecountyhabitat.org.

Spanish Translator

Assist our team in written and vocal Spanish translation. Translators volunteer both in-person and remotely. We're always looking for bilingual volunteers who could help translate on the build site.

For more information, contact our Homeowner Service Manager at hs@monroecountyhabitat.org.

Sign up to volunteer here!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County! Most of our volunteer opportunities are found on the construction site and at our Habitat ReStore. Register for a shift below, or reach out with any questions.

Starting June 22, we are not currently requiring proof of vaccination* against COVID-19 for volunteers at the Habitat construction sites. We will continue to require proof of vaccination at ReStore and in the Habitat office. You can read our full policy here.

Any questions about ReStore opportunities can be directed to Austin at fletcher@monroecountyhabitat.org. Other volunteer inquiries can be directed to the Engagement Team at ec@monroecountyhabitat.org.

We have recently switched volunteer registration platforms to Civic Champs!  You can either sign up by downloading the app, or on the web. If you have any questions or issues, please reach out. All future homeowners and crew leaders must register using the link in your weekly email!

Learn more about us and prepare for your volunteer experience.

Helpful Links

Help us lead construction volunteers as a Crew Leader!

Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County is always seeking  people to help our construction team as volunteer Crew Leaders. Crew Leaders assist our full-time site supervisors in leading volunteers to perform specific tasks while building.

In order to be certified to lead a crew, we ask you to: attend one general orientation session and a hands-on training session (for each task), lead volunteer groups on two or more build days as a trainee (with supervision) and gain approval from one of our construction staff members. We will provide you all the training and support you need–and some fun too!

Crew Leaders help with many skills including swinging a hammer, framing, setting trusses, installing vinyl siding and doors, painting, trim work, setting cabinets, installing countertops, and more!

To learn more about crew leading or to get involved sign up online or email us to be added to our crew leader email list.

A successful volunteer Crew Leader:

  • is committed to affordable housing and our mission and volunteerism
  • enjoys working with a wide variety of people as part of a team
  • can tackle physical work safely and at a steady pace
  • is flexible, at least 18-years-old and adaptable
  • is available to lead a crew of volunteers multiple times per year

 

Women+ Build

Women+ Build 2022 will be held September 9-24! Register today at mcwomenbuild.org.

What is Women+ Build?
Each year, a community of women+ volunteers come together to raise walls and funds in support of safe and affordable housing with two families in Monroe County. Women+ Build is a “blitz build” held over 2.5 weeks (that’s right – we build TWO homes during that time). Each volunteer builder registers for a team (build day), and commits to raising at least $300 to help us reach our goal of fully funding the two homes. Each builder will receive the annual Women+ Build tshirt, and the opportunity to earn additional fundraising incentives as higher milestones are reached.

What does the “+” mean in the name?
Since our first build in 2000, Women Build in Monroe County has been breaking biases to empower women in creating a more gender-equal world (starting with our construction sites) that is diverse, equitable and inclusive. This year, we aim to further expand our commitment to inclusivity by adding the “+” to our name and ensuring all underrepresented individuals feel truly welcome to participate. This added “+” is our invitation for all underrepresented identities to build with us (now and year-round!), including trans women, trans men, and those who are non-binary, gender nonconforming, and who may identify in other ways.

Check out updates (and pictures!) of Women+ Build on Facebook.

Since its beginning in 2000, Women Build has raised over $2.5 million dollars and helped house 77 people including 41 children. In 2022, builders will work alongside homeowners Marina & Arnulfo and Jessica & her children to build their safe, affordable homes. Once construction is finished, these homeowners will begin paying their mortgage payments – which are actually recycled back into our mission to allow additional housing to be built.

The  S.H.E. Society, was created to honor and challenge women+ builders who commit to raise at least $1,000 per year for 5 years. Members of S.H.E. Society will be recognized throughout the year for their efforts to support future Women+ Build house sponsorships and homeowners. All members also receive their own coveted pink hard hat and stickers to commemorate their years of membership. To join, or for more information, please email us or call our office at 812.331.4069.

You can be a member of S.H.E. whether you choose to physically build each year or not!

Home Builders Blitz

three homes. three families. one community working together.

Home Builders Blitz is a biennial event that brings together local home builders, subcontractors, and suppliers to construct three Habitat homes with donated materials and labor. Other businesses in the home construction industry provide sponsorship dollars and volunteer hours to ensure the project is fully funded, increasing the number of Habitat for Humanity families served in Monroe County.

We are seeking building industry partners who want an opportunity to give back to their community. Builders provide gifts in-kind in the form of materials and labor and community partners, individuals, and organizations make financial contributions to ensure we can grow the number of families that have access to decent and affordable housing.

For more information on how your business can be involved and make a difference, email us or give us a call at 812.331.4069.

 

We would like to thank our 2022 committed partners:

Signature builders:
Bailey & Weiler Design/Build, Craft Construction, John Ingram Builders, Keystone Construction, Loren Wood Builders, and Rubicon Construction

Financial Sponsors:
BB Hero Sponsor ($40,000+)
Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County ReStore

Builders Blitz Advocate Sponsor ($5,000+)
Indiana University Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter
General Interiors
JCBank
Republic Services

Builders Blitz Supporter Sponsor ($1,000+)
FIG Properites
Gaar Properties
Hannah and Eric Armstrong
Home Exterior Specialist

Home Builders Blitz 2022 took place in the spring and summer, and brought together hundreds of supporters to construct three homes from start to finish.

Help us reach our goal & see all committed partners on the Builders Blitz Webpage!

BHSN and BHSS Chapters

The BHSN chapter was founded in 1998 and became an official chapter in 2000. One of the strongest chapters in the nation, they have co-sponsored a house nearly every year since 2000.

North Habitat students hold a number of fundraisers throughout the year, including bake sales, rake-a-thons, and canning. In the 2021-2022 school year, the chapter raised over $5,000 in support of affordable housing.

The South, North, and IU Habitat Chapters were all cosponsors of Crispin and Angela’s future home in the summer of 2022. Reach more about this family here.

 

The BHSS chapter has grown exponentially in the last few years. Like the North Habitat Chapter, South Habitat students host multiple fundraisers throughout the year to raise funds in support of Monroe County Habitat homeowners. In the 2021-2022 school year, students helped raise $3,000 by hosting bake sales, Dine and Donates at local restaurants, and their largest fundraiser, Hype for Habitat.

The South Habitat Chapter also volunteers at the ReStore and on the construction site multiple times each year.

Follow the South Habitat Chapter on Instagram.

The South, North, and IU Habitat Chapters were all cosponsors of Crispin and Angela’s future home in the summer of 2022. Reach more about this family here.

 

IU Chapter

Background

The Indiana University chapter of Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1990 and co-sponsored their first house ever in 2016–2017. In the 2021-2022 school year, students raised over $12,000 in support of affordable housing in Monroe County! The South, North, and IU Habitat Chapters were all cosponsors of Crispin and Angela’s future home in the summer of 2022. Reach more about this family here.

The chapter is dedicated to helping the Bloomington community by providing volunteers on build sites, at the local ReStore, organizing various fundraising events throughout the year, and educating students and advocating for Habitat’s mission.

 

 

Learn more about the IU chapter online or on Facebook.

Global Partnerships

I’ll never forget our build in El Salvador, the world we saw, and the people we met. I encourage anyone interested to take advantage of future opportunities to journey down to El Salvador… a trip like this has the potential to engage your soul and expand your perspective.” – Adrian Starnes, Global Village Volunteer

We are not only committed to ending poverty housing in Monroe County, but also to eliminating substandard housing globally. We proudly partner with Habitat for Humanity affiliates in both El Salvador and Uganda to accomplish this goal.

 

Through sending a percentage of our undesignated funds and volunteers on Global Village service trips, we work with both Uganda and El Salvador in a sister affiliate relationship, committed to long-term partnerships to eliminate poverty.

For information about the next Global Village trip or to learn more about our global partnerships email us.

Breaking Bread Club

The Breaking Bread Club is made up of local restaurants and individuals who have committed to donate lunch for our construction volunteers at least once per quarter, or four times per year.  Their commitment to donate their time, resources, and services ensures that our construction volunteers are happy and healthy during a build. We appreciate all of our Breaking Bread Club members for the warmth, comfort, and hospitality they provide for our community.

 

2022 Breaking Bread Club members include:

Roly Poly

If you or your business is interested in supporting us by becoming a member of the Breaking Bread Club, contact our Engagement and Development Coordinator.