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Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut Volunteer Training

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Transcript of Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut Volunteer Training

Seeking to put God's love into action Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
The Mission of Habitat for Humanity
Eastern Connecticut

Locations of US Habitat for Humanity Affiliates
Habitat for Humanity local branches, known as affiliates, serve a specific community. There are more than 1,500 affiliates in the U.S. and 550 international affiliates.

There are 9 affiliates in Connecticut.

Each affiliate coordinates all aspects of the local operation including:
fund raising,
house construction,
family selection,
family support,
mortgage servicing,
volunteer relations and more.
Structure of Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International was ranked as
the 6th largest home builder in the United States in 2011
Began in 1987

In 2013 Habitat for Humanity of Southeastern CT and Habitat for Humanity of Northeast CT merged to form Habitat for Humanity of Eastern CT to better serve the families throughout Eastern Connecticut.

Our affiliate has served over 70 families, and counting…
Who We Are:
Habitat for Humanity
of Eastern Connecticut
Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller.

The Fullers were inspired to give away all of their money and their lives in Christian services to create Habitat for Humanity after their involvement with Koinonia Farm and its founder Clarence Jordan who utilized the idea of partnership housing.

Five years later, there were fourteen Habitat affiliates within the United States and seven internationally.

The History:Habitat for
Humanity International

Unpaid Volunteer

Director of Program Services

Site Hosts are the first person to welcome first time volunteers to the construction site, and they are incredibly valuable to ensure that volunteers are having a rewarding volunteer experience. Site Hosts are responsible for arriving to the construction site slightly before the start of the day, assisting the site leaders with sign-in, waiver completion, taking pictures, helping to keep volunteer moral up, ensuring everyone getting to know each other, and thanking everyone before they leave. Site hosts are most needed for groups.
Construction Site Host
Type
Supervisor
Summary
Intern
Type
Summary
Reports to
Unpaid volunteer position
Department Director
An individual who commits to no less than 8 hours a week for no less than 12 weeks supporting the work of Habitat for Humanity. We will work with the individual to help find a role that best suits their interests while benefiting the needs of the organization.
Potential Role - Outreach
Under the guidance of the Director of Program Services, a Volunteer Outreach intern will be responsible for arriving to volunteer outreach events in a timely fashion with promotional collateral provided by Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut.
Responsibilities will likely include:
Finding and scheduling outreach events
Set-up and breakdown of the event table/space, as needed
Staying the duration of the shift
Sharing information about Habitat for Humanity with interested parties
Returning leftover collateral to the office
Building homes and hope in New London and eastern Windham County

Potential Role -
Faith Engagement
Experience
Some experience in public relations or community outreach helpful.

Excellent communicator that can passionately relay our mission to a diverse clientele.

Independent, reliable, and willing to work independently at off-site events and/or in the office.
Benefits of Volunteering
with Habitat for Humanity
of Eastern Connecticut

Being a part of the Habitat for Humanity mission
The opportunity to interact with a variety of different people
Learning new skills
Helping to create a safe and decent housing future for families in need
Also, volunteers may be able to deduct millage to volunteer activities from their taxes. Please consult your tax professional for eligibility information and more details on this.
Construction Safety
The Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative was designed to help Habitat for Humanity work with communities to transform neighborhoods using a holistic approach.

Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut works alongside residents, nonprofits, businesses, local governments and communities of faith to implement a shared vision of revitalization in targeted neighborhoods.

This can include:
Helping families to connect with services that would help their family, doing home repair projects in the community and supporting other agencies in additional work in the community.
Neighborhood Revitalization
We realize that there are more ways to bring affordable home ownership to Eastern Connecticut other than new construction.

To stabilize and strengthen local communities we have worked to acquire blighted homes so that safe, decent housing can be made available to families in established communities in the area.

Rehabilitating blighted properties has been a core part of our program for many years.
Before
Quick facts:

Habitat for Humanity International’s headquarters are located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Some of Habitat’s most famous volunteers, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, became involved in 1984. Carter, a resident of Georgia, befriended Millard Fuller and became involved with Habitat for Humanity. Carter is still a key volunteer to this day.

So far, Habitat for Humanity
has served over 6.8 million
families worldwide.
Where We Build:
New London and
eastern Windham county

We build simple, decent,
energy efficient homes that will be affordable to build and maintain.

We do new construction projects as well as renovation projects.

Renovations are built to
like new standards.

What we build:
Affordable:
families save by purchasing the home with no profit to Habitat for Humanity

Sustainable:
all homes are built to Energy Star standards which helps the environment as well as makes it more affordable for homeowner to maintain.
Features of Habitat
for Humanity Homes
Volunteering on the Construction site
No experience needed
- We will teach you all that you need to know to accomplish the job. You don't need to have any experience or prior construction knowledge.

Age restrictions
- Construction volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Volunteers 16 and 17 years old must volunteer with an adult.

Demolition
- Volunteers with a compromised immune system or who are under the age of 18 are not permitted to volunteer when demolition work is being done.
The volunteer calendar will note if the volunteer day is demolition work.
Volunteer Opportunities
The construction day is a 6 hour commitment. We ask that all volunteers commit to that entire period when volunteering on the construction site, for productivity and safety reasons.

8:30 am Arrival:
Sign in, fill out and turn in a volunteer waiver.
8:30-8:45 am Devotional and Morning Meeting:
Each day begins with a brief morning devotional followed by a morning meeting. The morning meeting tells all volunteers what the work for the day will be and pertinent safety information.
10:00 am

Refreshments:
A short break on site for morning refreshments (coffee, juice, cookies - provided by Habitat)
12:00 noon

Lunch:
A half hour break for lunch. Please bring your lunch and eat on site together with the rest of the work crew.
2:00 pm

Clean up:
All begin to clean up.
2:30 pm

Goodbye's:
Close up site and finish for the day.
A typical Build Day schedule:
Volunteering at the ReStore:
The ReStore is a resale store. We take new and gently used furniture, appliances and building materials and resell them to the public at well below the retail value. Proceeds benefit the creation of housing through the mission of Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut.

Shop:

We’re stocked with standard hardware materials and home appliances, including refrigerators, tiles, light bulbs, fireplaces, furniture, doors, windows and more, and include a variety of
low to high-end goods.
All for 50% off of retail price!

Volunteer:

The ReStore is made possible through the expertise and efforts of volunteers. Volunteers assist in all aspects of the ReStore, to help keep customers happy, and sell merchandise. Ever item sold helps to build another home.


The ReStore accepts new and gently-used furniture, appliances and building materials based on the condition and saleability of the items. For a more complete list of items accepted, please visit
www.habitatect.org/restore
Donate:
The Families
Every family is a partner. We do our best to ensure that they get a safe, decent, and affordable home and keep it. We provide zero-interest, zero down-payment, affordable mortgages.
Becoming a Habitat for Humanity Future Homeowner
Requirements and Criteria
Families are selected on three basic criteria:
A need for safe, decent housing
The ability to repay the no-profit mortgage
The willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity

Additionally, families must currently live in our service area within eastern Connecticut.

Families must earn between 30%-50% of the area median income.

With the intention learn home maintenance skills and to help build community, it is a requirement for future homeowners commit to 400 hours of sweat equity. This means they spend 400 hours volunteering with Habitat for Humanity with no less than 100 hours being contributed on the construction site.
What does need look like?
Overcrowding, spending a large percentage of income on housing, unsafe home, unsafe neighborhoods and unfit living conditions.
How are our projects funded?
Regular Volunteers
Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut is greatly aided in construction by its regular volunteers, called Faithful Framers.

By committing to volunteer at least one day a week Faithful Framers receive a priority registration, training, an awesome group of friends and tons of gratitude!

Regular volunteers work with us
on all of the different projects throughout the organization.
Committee Opportunities
How to Get Involved
Construction or ReStore volunteer:
Go to our online calendar, called Volunteer Up to find the current volunteer opportunities and to sign up to volunteer:
- go to www.habitatect.org
- Click the link in the top right corner of
the page for Volunteer Up!

Site host, office positions, internships or committee opportunities:
Contact:
- Volunteer Relations at volunteer@habitatect.org or 860-442-7890 ext 201
Thank you for your support!

Contact Information
Habitat for Humanity
of Eastern Connecticut
377 Broad Street
New London CT 06320
860-442-7890
volunteer@habitatect.org
www.habitatect.org
To sign up to volunteer on the construction site or ReStore:
As an individual:
go to www.habitatect.org
Click the link in the top right corner of the page for Volunteer Up!
Click log in the top left corner
Register yourself, if you are new to this system or log in if you are returning
When you find a day that fits your schedule and interests, sign up!
If you would like to be a regular volunteer simply sign up for each week, or contact Volunteer Relations at volunteer@habiatect.org or 860-442-7890 ext 201 to be added to Faithful Framer - weekly volunteer group.

As a group of 6 or more people:
Contact Volunteer Relations at volunteer@habiatect.org or 860-442-7890 ext 201 to talk about a group day and schedule the day.
Then each volunteer will sign up online for the scheduled day individually through volunteer up.
To sign up to
be a Site Host
Contact Amanda to indicate your interest and arrange to receive the "site host kit". Contact Volunteer Relations at 860-442-7890 ext 201or volunteer@habitatect.org

and visit our calendar of volunteer opportunities at Volunteer Up through www.habitatect.org.

Clarence Jordan

Linda and
Millard Fuller

After
Cape Ann Court, New London CT
Before
After
Prospect Street, Norwich CT
Bring a water bottle, your lunch and a camera to take pictures.
8:30 to 2:30
Construction
ReStore
Office
Committee
To sign up to volunteer on the construction site or ReStore:
As an individual:
Go to www.habitatect.org
Click the link in the top right corner of the page for Volunteer Up!
Click log in in the top left corner
Register, if you are new to this system, or log in if you are returning
When you find a day that fits your schedule and interests, sign up!
If you would like to be a weekly volunteer simply sign up for each week, or contact Volunteer Relations at volunteer@habiatect.org or 860-442-7890 ext 201.

As a group of 6 or more people:
Contact Volunteer Relations at volunteer@habiatect.org or 860-442-7890 ext 201 to talk about a group day and schedule the day.
Then each volunteer will sign up online for the scheduled day individually through volunteer up.
ReStore Safety
There are a wide variety of committees that help to support the work of Habitat for Humanity.

Family Selection
Family Support / Mentor to a Family
Faith Engagement
Events
Site Acquisition and Development
Resource Development
ReStore Development
Finance
Potential Role -
Youth Engagement
Volunteering at the ReStore

Schedule
- Tues. through Sat. each week.
9:30 am to 6:30pm
Am Shift
- 9:30 - 2
Pm Shift
- 2 - 6:30
If you need flexibility in your day please let us know.

Age restrictions
- Restore volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Volunteers 14 and 15 years old must volunteer with an adult.
Unpaid Volunteer

ReStore Managers

Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut ReStore Donation Pick up volunteers will be responsible for arriving to the ReStore in a timely fashion, driving the ReStore truck to donors' businesses and homes, picking up donated items, screening the items for acceptance, bringing the items back to the ReStore and unloading the truck into the ReStore receiving area. Donation pick ups are arranged by the ReStore assistance manager. A clean driving record is needed as well as excellent interpersonal skills. The truck will always have a driver and a helper when doing pick ups. Training will be provided.
ReStore Donation Pick Up
Type
Supervisor
Summary
To sign up to
be a ReStore
Pick Up Volunteer
Contact volunteer relations and let us know of your interest.
We will work with you to figure out a schedule that works, and get you signed up for training.
Once you are trained you will work your the ReStore representative to manage your volunteer schedule.
To sign up to
be a on a committee
Contact volunteer relations letting us know which committee(s) you are interested in.
We will give you more information about meeting times, the role of the committee and put you in contact with the committee chair.
Volunteer relations
- volunteer@habitatect.org
or 860-442-7890 ext 201
Responsibilities will likely include:
Reaching out Youth groups, schools and clubs
Scheduling meetings with them
Attending meetings with the Director of Program Services
Hosting Youth involvement activities
Under the guidance of the Director of Program Services, a Faith Engagement intern will be responsible for contacting congregations and faith groups then working to build a relationship with them for the support of Habitat for Humanity.
Responsibilities will likely include:
Contacting Congregations and faith groups
Scheduling meetings with them
Attending meetings with the Director of Program Services
Hosting Faith and Interfaith activities
Being a construction site host on days when groups from Congregations attend
Under the guidance of the Director of Program
Services, a Youth Engagement intern will be responsible
for contacting youth groups, schools and clubs then working to build a relationship with them for the support of Habitat for Humanity and the Nickles for Nails Coin Collection Drive.
808 Norwich Rd Plainfield CT 06374
860-564-7507

82 Boston Post Rd Waterford CT 06385
860-437-3422
400 hours is the equivalent to 10 full time work weeks, in addition to the job(s) they already hold and other family requirements
Repeated water damage that the landlord wont fix properly
Deteriorated, inoperable windows through the home, leaving limited emergency exits and poor air quality
Mold throughout the home
Click to watch video before continuing
Click to watch video before continuing
Click to watch video before continuing
Our ReStores are located at:
For safety reasons all volunteers must attend the full construction day, 8:30 - 2:30
Wear sturdy closed toe shoes
Dress in layers, to adjust for the varying weather
Wear pants that protect your legs. No stretch pants.
You may wish to bring your own gloves, safety glasses, hammer or tool belt.
We will provide these if you don't have them.
For safety reasons cell phone use, boom boxes and head phones are not permitted
Smoking is not permitted on the build site
Drinking alcoholic beverages is not permitted on the build site or at lunch
Construction Site - Things to know
All volunteers must fill out, sign and turn in a volunteer waiver annually.
Before heading to your build day call
860-442-7890 and press 5
to hear a recording that will let you know if there were any last minute changes that caused the cancellation or move of your build day.
If you would like to join the crew as a weekly volunteer and be signed up automatically please contact Volunteer Relations at 860-442-7890 x 201 or volunteer@habitatect.org

Please indicate which day(s) you would like to volunteer -
Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday
.
Becoming a Faithful Framer
- weekly construction volunteer
ReStore volunteers run all of the
operations at the store including donation
pick up, helping customers, cleaning
merchandise, putting it on the floor, loading merchandise into customers vehicles, running the register and more.
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