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.
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Ways to Get Involved
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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!
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Any questions about ReStore opportunities can be directed to Austin at email@example.com. Other volunteer inquiries can be directed to the Engagement Team at firstname.lastname@example.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!
Have a question or want to schedule a group to volunteer? You can reach a member of our Engagement Team at email@example.com!
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 2022 plans coming soon. Mark your calendars – it will be held in the fall again this year!
Each year, a community of women come together to fundraise and build safe and affordable housing with two families in Bloomington. Since its beginning 20 years ago, Women Build has raised over $2.5 million dollars and helped house 77 people including 41 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 2021, each woman committed to fundraise at least $300. 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 2021, 12 teams of over 280 women volunteered 3,360 hours of time on the construction site and fundraised over $210,000. 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. 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 build each year or not!
Home Builders Blitz
three homes. three weeks. 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:
The next Home Builders Blitz will take place March 14-April 29, 2022 and will bring together hundreds of supporters to construct three homes from start to finish. Our Home Builders Blitz goal for 2022 is $285,000 in donated materials and sponsorship dollars. With your partnership we can fully fund and construct three family homes for three deserving families. Download our flyer for more details.
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!
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.
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.
“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.
The homeownership classes we’ve taken have prepared us to be homeowners, particularly the money management session. It has helped us learn to better balance our money, keep track of where it is all going and prioritize our ‘needs’ over our ‘wants’. This whole process has shown us that there are good people in the world and if you work hard, your actions pay off. Mike and Rachelle Parrish, Habitat Homeowners
I am so excited to finally have my own home, to live in a safe and secure environment, without answering to a landlord. The world isn’t always set up to want to help people, but Habitat is. It’s not a hand out, it’s giving people a chance. Nothing is handed to you; I worked hard to purchase my home and am grateful to be a Habitat homeowner! Rachel Swoape, Habitat Homeowner