Volunteer

Since our founding in 1988, our affiliate has

built nearly

200

homes

served more than

700

people

Much of what Habitat is today, and will ever be, is made possible by our donors and volunteers. Each year, individuals volunteer almost 12,000 hours of time saving us about $4 million annually.

Last year, individuals volunteered

almost

11441

hours of time

saving us about

$

4

million

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.

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.

Office Volunteers

We're always looking for people help our administrative team--duties may include everything from maintaining records/data and preparing mailings to making phone calls and assistance with office operations.

Committee Member

Take on a leadership role and join one of our active committees including ReStore, Public Relations, Family Selection, Women Build, Event Planning and/or Gratitude.

Spanish Translator

Assist our team in written and vocal Spanish translation. Translators volunteer both in-person and remotely.

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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 leader 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!

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-yers-old and adaptable
  • is available to lead a crew of volunteers multiple times per year

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

 

Women Build

Each spring, a community of women come together to fundraise and build safe and affordable housing for two families in need in Bloomington. Since its beginning 19 years ago, Women Build has raised nearly $1.8 million dollars and helped house 64 people including 36 children.

Each volunteer builder asks her friends and family to contribute donations to help reach a fundraising goal (minimum of $250). The funds raised during Women Build sponsor the land, infrastructure and materials needed for the homes while the women volunteer their time to physically build the houses. In 2018, 13 teams of about 370 women volunteered 3200 hours of time on the construction site. The build entirely happens (yes two homes) in nearly two weeks!

Visit the 2019 Women Build event site and check out updates (and pictures!) of Women Build on Facebook.

The Sisterhood for Habitat Empowerment Society, or 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. 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 build each year or not!

Builders Blitz

It usually takes about a year to raise a Habitat home.

During Builders Blitz, it takes local builders and suppliers ten days to house four families–setting them on a path for better health, education and employment opportunities.

Habitat for Humanity’s Builders Blitz is a 12-day, bi-annual build during which local professional home builders join together with their subcontractors and suppliers to build houses for future Habitat homeowners with donated materials and labor. Local professional builders and Habitat for Humanity work closely to organize all aspects of building. This includes securing subcontractors and suppliers, fundraising and seeking donations of materials. Our most recent Builders Blitz was in summer 2018.

Home Builders Blitz makes it possible for us to build more homes more quickly and affords members of the local building community a chance to make a tangible difference in Monroe County while networking with other builders and suppliers.

There are many ways to get involved as a supporter of Builders Blitz–please email Nathan Ferreira to learn more!

Thank you to our 2018 Signature Builders:

Bailey & Weiler Design/Build
Blue Line Build & Design Inc.
Craft Construction
CNC Construction and Remodeling, LLC
John Ingram Builders Inc.
Keystone Construction
Loren Wood Builders
LLC Newhouse Construction
Rubicon Custom Homes
Howard’s Home Improvements
Precision Constructing Services Inc.

BHSN Chapter

Background

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 every year since 2000. In 2017–2018 their 75 members raised nearly $40,000!

Fundraising

North Habitat students hold a number of fundraisers throughout the year. Major events include garage/yard sales, nights of music, Rake-a-thons, and a silent auction/live auction/benefit dinner called Evening for Habitat, the chapter’s largest fundraiser of the year.

All the money raised goes toward building houses. BHSN keeps none of the money raised. All operating funds are paid for separately by members, and funds donated go into a separate account. Future homeowners pay back the cost of their homes through regular interest-free mortgage payments which, in turn, go toward building the next Habitat house.

 

Learn more about the BHSN chapter on Facebook.

 

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 2017-2018, they had 77 dues-paying members and the chapter donated almost $15,000.

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 once per quarter, or four times per year.  We appreciate their hard work and donating their time and services to keep our construction volunteers fed!

 

Current Breaking Bread Club members include:

Chicago’s Pizza
Bloomington Sandwich Company
Karla Lewis
Doran May
Moe’s Southwest Grill
Olive Garden
Texas Roadhouse

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