Posted on: Jul
31

2015
How To Get Involved With Habitat For Humanity

Habitat for Humanity has been building and remodeling homes for families in need since 1976.

They have more than 1,400 local affiliates in the United States and more than 70 national organizations around the world. To date, they have helped more than 1 million families — representing 5 million people who now have a safe place to live.


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Habitat for Humanity houses around the world are built according to the same guiding principles:

  • Simple.
    Habitat houses are modestly-sized. They are large enough for the homeowner family’s needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum.
  • Decent.
    Habitat for Humanity uses quality, locally-available building materials. Habitat house designs reflect the local climate and culture.
  • Affordable.
    The labor of volunteers and partner families, efficient building methods, modest house sizes and no-profit loans make it affordable for low-income families to purchase Habitat houses.

Habitat for Humanity houses aren’t free.

In addition to paying a low-cost mortgage, Habitat’s homeowners also invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners. Every affiliate follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection, and neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing Habitat’s homeowner families. Partner families are always selected based on their level of need, ability to pay and willingness to partner. Habitat Homeowners also attend classes on principles of homeownership, like basic finance and home maintenance.


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Habitat for Humanity helps current homeowners, too.

A Brush with Kindness is an exterior home preservation program that offers painting, landscaping and minor repair services to eligible homeowners so they can continue to live in safe, decent homes for years to come. Projects include painting, landscaping, weatherization and minor repair services. A no-interest loan is made to the homeowner to cover the cost of the project. Payments are placed in a revolving fund to help A Brush with Kindness serve others in need. Again, Habitat affiliates use volunteer labor and donated materials to keep costs low and take no profit for their services.


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Want to help? We have a few suggestions:

There are a number of ways to get involved with Habitat’s mission to provide housing to those most in need, even if you aren’t able to work on a house. There are a lot of components required to ensure the success of a Habitat build, and they are all equally important.

  • Volunteer with your local Habitat Affiliate (Buffalo | Central NY | Erie) – Volunteers are a crucial part of the building process. You don’t need to have any previous construction experience, but if you do, put your skills to work! From simple tasks like caulking and painting, to bigger projects like HVAC and electrical work, volunteers complete a vast majority of the building process for Habitat homes. Habitat for Humanity also needs volunteers for administrative tasks like family counseling, book keeping, volunteer coordinating, and beyond. Give your local Habitat Affiliate a call today to learn more and see what services they need most!
  • Donate Donate Donate – Habitat for Humanity relies on gifts from individuals, corporations and other groups to fund their house-building mission worldwide. All donations of any amount are deeply appreciated and help them build more decent, affordable houses with more families across the globe. Those gifts include donations of: monetary funds, stocks and bonds, honorary donations, workplace gift matching programs, vehicles, construction materials, and housewares.
  • Shop at your local ReStore – Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Habitat for Humanity ReStores are proudly owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and proceeds are used to build homes, community and hope locally and around the world. Click here to find a ReStore near you.
  • Organize a group buildWomen Build is Habitat for Humanity’s program for women who want to learn construction skills and build homes and communities. This program brings together women from all walks of life to address the housing crisis facing millions of women and children worldwide. Veterans Build serves military members, veterans and their families with homeownership, volunteer and employment opportunities. No experience is necessary! Organize a group today!

Thank you for your continued support of this incredibly deserving organization!

 

 

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