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Habitat for Humanity - Volunteer Orientation
Transcript of Habitat for Humanity - Volunteer Orientation
of Sangamon County
Habitat for Humanity?
Any final questions?
Who are we?
We are a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry seeking to
eliminate poverty housing and homelessness
in the world.
To create and sustain simple, decent, and affordable housing in partnership with the community for all God's people in need.
To create and mobilize
volunteers to make a difference in the lives of others by building a home.
Our goal is that you will be:
Since 1989, HFH Sangamon County has built
and has served more than
Since 1976, HFH has built more than
and has served more than
Why We Exist
1.6 billion people worldwide live in substandard housing.
What is substandard housing?
O u r B o t t o m L i n e
We help people
Why Volunteer ?
How Volunteering Benefits You
- learn new skills
- meet new people
- feel good about
accomplishments & helping
- growth from putting feet to faith
How can you be a part of it?
Keep you safe, keep us legal!
How do we do it?
Use Volunteer Connect to create
a volunteer profile:
A list of volunteer roles and their descriptions is available when creating a volunteer profile on Volunteer Connect.
Construction and non-construction opportunities are available!
Participating on a Build Site
Arrival, Sign In, Welcome, Overview of the day's work
TOP 5 SAFETY GUIDLINES
1. Listen 4. Use tools & ladders correctly
2. Stay Aware 5. If you're uncomfortable, stop!
3. Appropriate Clothing
Take the Safety Training Course:
How can you
be a part of it?
Talk about us
- be a
Family & Friends
Co-workers, classmates & organizations
Place of worship
For information on how a person becomes a homeowner, visit:
For more information, visit the Habitat for Humanity website:
Thank you so much for your interest and willingness to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County (HFHSC).
We are thrilled that you desire to give your time, energy, and skills to help a family in need to achieve the dream of homeownership.
Volunteering with HFHSC is ultimately about serving God and the people in our community. It's about giving to others and serving with others so that everybody knows that as we build a house, we are really building hope.
Preface: A Habitat house is NOT a FREE house.
Many people think that Habitat gives away "free houses." This is far from the truth! While our houses are very affordable, they are not free. A Habitat homeowner must meet certain financial qualifications, complete 250 "sweat equity" hours of work (per adult in the family), and pay a zero interest mortgage back to Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County.
Part of Habitat's vision of eliminating poverty housing and homelessness is equipping and empowering our families to be financially responsible and proud of the home that they have earned.
Do you have a legitimate need for a house?
If you rent, live in a mobile home or reside in non-permanent housing, you have a suitable need.
Would you be willing to complete 250 "sweat equity" hours (per adult), attend monthly homeowner meetings and help in the planning/building of your Habitat home?
Is your credit good or repairable?
Applicant is not eligible for a Habitat home if individual has filed bankruptcy in the last year.
FAMILY SIZE MAX INCOME
How old do you have to be to volunteer?
We take volunteers of every age! There are certain restrictions for volunteers due to the nature of some of our volunteer work. Please read the following from our volunteer manual.
I don't have any construction skills. Can I still volunteer on a construction site?
Absolutely! Many of our volunteers would be considered "unskilled." We have qualified skilled volunteers on site that you can assist and that will teach you and oversee your work. Habitat is a great place to learn some very practical construction skills.
What tools should I bring when I come to volunteer?
Habitat will provide all the necessary tools and supplies for the scheduled work. You are encouraged to bring the following commonly used item as you are able:
What should I wear when I come volunteer?
Simply dress modestly and appropriately for the scheduled work and weather. We require closed-toe shoes on our work sites (no sandals, crocs, etc). You will typically get dirty while working, so wear clothes and shoes that you don't mind getting muddy, painted on, etc. Habitat provides necessary safety equipment as well (eye protection, masks, hard hats, etc.).
Does Habitat ever cancel work?
Sometimes we do in the case of inclement weather or due to other circumstances beyond our control (as deemed by the Habitat staff and lead construction volunteers). If there is an official weather advisory due to excessive heat, cold, or storms, work may be canceled.
All registered volunteers will be contacted, and information will be posted on Habitat's Facebook (www.facebook.com/HabitatSangCo) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/habitatsangco) pages.
You can also contact the volunteer manager at (217) 416-6262
For more volunteer information and the complete HFHSC handbook, visit:
For safety regulations and per federal regulations, CONSTRUCTION VOLUNTEERS MUST BE AT LEAST SIXTEEN (16) YEARS OLD.
Volunteers younger than 16 are permitted to participate in general construction if accompanied by an adult chaperone, but are not allowed to use power tools, get on the roof, or participate in any activity HFHSC considers dangerous.
Youth volunteers groups must have one adult for every 5 youth.
Elementary age school children can even help with ground work with oversight of a parent or guardian.
If you have any other questions regarding age restrictions, please contact the volunteer manager at (217) 523-2710.
Nail apron/tool belt
Construction is our most visible, popular, and numerous volunteer opportunity. No previous construction experience is required, although construction volunteers must be at least 16 years old.
HFHSC does provide an assessment of your skills and will train you in basic construction safety and skills.
Construction volunteers work year round in dozens of different home-building areas like framing, drywall, flooring, roofing, siding, and painting to just name a few.
The Habitat office is the administrative hub of the organization.
Volunteers help with reception, filing, mailings, data entry, graphic design, meeting preparation and cleaning.
Morning and afternoon shifts are available Monday-Friday
The Habitat ReStore sells donated construction and home items at a discounted rate to benefit our community and to financially support the affiliate.
There are daily volunteer opportunities at the ReStore to help organize, stock shelves, picking up and cleaning donations, and assisting customers.
Morning and afternoon shifts are available Monday-Saturday
Special Skills & Interests
If you have a special skill or interest such as food preparation, photography, fundraising, international trips, family support, project management, or something else, we would love for you to put your skills to use for Habitat!
Most often this could present itself in volunteering in preparation, execution, or follow up work with a special event, or provide you an opportunity to serve on one of our committees.