The success of Habitat, and the degree to which we have an impact on the community, largely depends on donations of time. Volunteers are the core of our agency and Habitat could not fulfill its mission without them!
Alachua Habitat offers several ways to get involved, including the following volunteer opportunities:
- Office Support
Construction Volunteers - Weekday Team Builds
Everyone achieves more together
By participating in a Weekday Team Build, your group will play a meaningful role in building strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter for a local family right here in Alachua County, while strengthening your group's teamwork and communication skills.
What are the benefits of team builds?
- Fun and rewarding experience for your group
- No experience necessary! Our experienced construction staff will teach your team everything you need to know on-site
- Building together strengthens relationships, creates memories, develops leadership skills, encourages positive communication, and builds trust
- Weekday builds helps us build more houses in less time, enabling us to help more local families with affordable housing
- Reinforces your company's or organization's commitment to giving back to the community
- Private weekday build day for 10 to 20 individuals* age 18 and over
- Habitat for Humanity t-shirt for each participant (some groups may prefer to wear company/organization t-shirts)
- Lunch for each participant
- Timely cross-promotion on social media
- Invitation to home dedication
- Certificate of appreciation
*If your team has less than 10 or more than 20 participants, please give us a call to see if we are able to accommodate your request
How much does it cost?
- Corporate Weekday Team Build Days for businesses - $100 per person
- Service Weekday Team Build Days for non-profits and civic groups - $55 per person
Why do we charge for Weekday Team Builds?
Building and repairing homes requires large investments for materials and labor. A portion of each Weekday Team Build contribution pays for a site supervisor, lunches, and t-shirts. Individual and group contributions are our most important source of funding, and 100% of your tax-deductible donation goes towards building homes that are sold to local families in need of affordable housing through zero interest or zero-equivalent interest mortgages.
How do I get started?
Contact Jill Carter, our Volunteer Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org | 352-363-6492
Construction Volunteers - Saturdays
The most popular volunteer opportunities are on our jobsites. Jobsite opportunities may be ongoing or a one-time opportunity. Ongoing opportunities include construction on co-ed and Women Build sites every Saturday. One-time opportunities include A Brush With Kindness (ABWK), painting exterior of homeowners' homes in low-income neighborhoods, park/neighborhood clean-ups, and special events.
Volunteers can sign up as individuals or as a group. A typical group might be corporate, faith-based, or univiersity/college. We try to hold groups to 20 volunteers which leads to a total group of 25 when supervisors and homeowners are included. Some special events may require more than 20.
Construction job sites are open on Saturdays from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. ABWK events do not have set times, but when scheduled, they take place on Friday and Saturday, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Volunteers are coached by a Site Supervisor and Team Leaders.
Volunteers need to be a minimum of 18 years old on construction sites where power tools are being used. For events not using power tools (typically ABWK or park clean-up events), volunteers may be under 18 years old.
If you don't want to swing a hammer, then we are always looking for volunteers to provide lunch to our construction volunteers. Lunch typically covers 20 to 25 volunteers. This is a great opportunity for families, faith-based organizations, or small groups that want to be involved but don't want to build.
If your organization would like to hold a team-building event, we will be glad to talk to you about your needs. We can offer week day opportunities if needed and adjust our work hours to fit your organization's schedule.
To view UF Habitat for Humanity's video on their home building experience, click here
View the Construction Volunteer Safety Manual
Office Support Volunteers
Clerical support is needed in the administrative office to help with the various departments that make up our organization. Volunteers need basic to advanced computer experience. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
- Administrative - Greet customers, answer phones, process mail, support department managers, assist Volunteer Coordinator
- Accounting - File, assist bookkeeper (experience with QuickBooks a plus, but not a requirement)
- Resource Development - Assist in grant-writing, data collection, public relations, PSAs, newsletters, and other tasks to assist the Resource Development Director
- Family Services - Return phone calls to potential clients, assist with housing fairs, assist Family Services Director
- Construction - Assist Materials Coordinator and Construction Director
ReStore volunteers (ages 16 and up) must be able to work independently with guidance from staff members. Must be able to work at least a 3 hour shift, standing at most times. Volunteers will be assisting in merchandising and stocking ReStore shelves, putting books out for sale, helping customers with their purchases and moving furniture around (with assistance). Please call 352-373-5728.
If you are interested in serving your court-ordered or school volunteer hours, please attend an orientation held at our ReStore, 2317 SW 13th St, Gainesville, FL 32608.
- Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Please Note: Habitat does not accept court-ordered volunteers who have any theft, sexual offenses or violent crime charges.
Read the WUFT News Article here