For more information about any volunteer opportunity, contact Gail Peay, Vice-President of Programs, at (864) 672-6341 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would you like to work directly with Habitat partner families? If so, our family services department is the place for you. Family Selection Team volunteers help perform home visits (in pairs) to applicant families in order to assess their eligibility for the Habitat program. These volunteers then report their findings to the group in monthly meetings.
Education Facilitators teach homeowner education courses on topics ranging from financial literacy and budgeting to home maintenance, landscaping and gardening.
Known as the “stores that help build homes,” Habitat ReStores are always looking for volunteers. Duties range from stocking shelves, assisting customers and answering phones, to testing appliances and small engine repair. Volunteers are welcome at any of our three store locations (downtown Greenville, Taylors and Simpsonville). Volunteers are asked to complete a brief orientation before volunteering at the ReStore location of their choice.
If you can’t volunteer at a ReStore, you can still help by organizing a ReStore donation drive at your school, church, club or organization, collecting items that can be sold at our ReStore to help build more houses.
Office and Events
Office volunteers help Habitat staff in a number of ways from data entry of volunteer hours and information to filing and preparing mailings. This group of volunteers also often helps set up for Habitat special events as well as preparing gift bags and serving on event committees.
Youth age 16 and above are welcome on the construction site, in the ReStores or to help with any other volunteer activity. If you are younger, you can still help Habitat. Below are a few ideas that youth have helped with in the past. These are great ways for Scouts, youth groups or organizations to get involved.
- Start a snack and water drive at your school, church, club or organization so our hard working construction volunteers have enough to eat and drink. You can collect bottles of water and packed snacks like granola bars, pretzels, chips, fruit snacks and crackers.
- Run a fundraising campaign! Habitat is blessed with many dedicated volunteers that help build homes, but it still costs a lot of money to buy the materials for each home. You can help by collecting monetary donations, having bake sales or another activity to raise funds for Habitat!
- Create something for our new homeowners! Each Habitat home is dedicated once it is complete. At the home dedication ceremony Habitat gives each homeowner a Bible, a set of tools, a ceremonial key and a gift basket, as well as a beautiful quilt for each member of the family. You can help by building a toolbox for the tools or creating a gift basket. We can give you building plans for the wooden toolbox or ideas for the gift basket.
- Check out other ideas for youth projects and how youth can be involved with Habitat’s mission at http://www.habitat.org/youthprograms/resources
If your group would like to work on a project, contact Hannah Wickline, Volunteer Coordinator, at email@example.com.
HYP - Habitat Young Professionals - may be the place for you! This group, begun in 2015, is engaged in an assortment of activities including volunteering on and off the construction site, hosting social and fundraising events, and helping spread the word about Habitat’s mission throughout the community through advocacy and involvement in community events. To learn more click here.
Global Volunteer Opportunities
Every Habitat affiliate in the United States has a sister affiliate abroad that they support financially through an annual tithe. This tithe helps support Habitat’s vision that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live, across the globe. Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County is excited to support builds by our sister affiliate in Guatemala! Learn more about the need in Guatemala here: http://www.habitat.org/where-we-build/guatemala.
Our first Global Village trip took place in January 2017 to Tecpan, Guatemala. Twelve Habitat Greenville volunteers with a total of 64+ years of construction experience built one home and several smokeless stoves. Volunteers were impressed with the children, who were excited and willing to work hard - carrying bricks or help in any way they could. One volunteer shared, "Such a simple task and process, to build a stove, but a world of difference for the health of a family. The smoke will now go out of the house when cooking the family won’t be cooking on open fire, and they will need less wood." Click here to view a video about the trip.
You can be part of a future Habitat Greenville Global Village trip, or a Global Village trip organized by Habitat International, check out the Global Village page here: http://www.habitat.org/gv. For more information, contact John Lattimore, Director of Project Management, at (864) 672-6344 or via email at JohnL@habitatgreenville.org.