Volunteer

Since our founding in 1988, our affiliate has

built nearly

218

homes

served more than

775

people

Much of what Habitat is today, and will ever be, is made possible by our donors and volunteers. Each year, individuals volunteer almost 9,000 hours of time saving us about $410,000 annually.

Last year, individuals volunteered

almost

9204

hours of time

saving us about

$

0.5

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. 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 boswell@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 Poverty Elimination Coordinator at riggs@monroecountyhabitat.org.

Sign up to volunteer here!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County!

We are excited to be welcoming groups back out to our build site after a halt this past year! If you are interested in getting involved or have any questions, please email the Engagement Team at ec@monroecountyhabitat.org.

The Habitat ReStore is happy to host volunteers at this time in our fun, fast-paced retail space. Register for a shift below! Visit the ReStore tab at the top of the page for more information.

If you have any questions about ReStore opportunities, please email Lindsey at boswell@monroecountyhabitat.org.

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

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 20 years ago, Women Build has raised nearly $2 million dollars and helped house 71 people including 39 children.

Each volunteer builder shares the Women Build story with her friends and family, and asks her network to donate towards a personal fundraising goal. For 2020 each woman will commit to fundraise at least $270. The funds raised during Women Build sponsor the infrastructure and materials needed for the homes while the women volunteer their time to physically build the houses. In 2019, 12 teams of over 375 women volunteered 3,200 hours of time on the construction site. The build entirely happens (yes two homes) in just over two weeks!

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!

Home Builders Blitz

three homes. three weeks. three families.

Home Builders Blitz is a three-week 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.

Who can participate?  Everyone!

  • Builders and subcontractors can volunteer skilled labor and solicit donated materials from their partners.
  • Suppliers, organizations, and businesses can donate materials from the roof and walls to the kitchen sink.
  • Other construction industry partners such as financial institutions, title companies, and real estate professionals can provide sponsorship funding and promote the project to their networks, plus take advantage of group volunteer opportunities for their organizations.

The next Home Builders Blitz will take place in fall of 2021 and will bring together hundreds of supporters to construct three homes from start to finish. Our Home Builders Blitz goal for 2020 is $255,000 in labor, materials, and sponsorship dollars and with your partnership we can fully fund and construct three family homes for three deserving families. Download our flyer for more details.

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 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.

 

2020 Breaking Bread Club members include:

Chop Shop
Dats
Kilroy’s on Kirkwood
Olive Garden
Wheel Pizza

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.