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VOLUNTEER

Habitat for Humanity could not help deserving families gain access to affordable housing without the help of our many dedicated volunteers. In addition to construction volunteers, Habitat is always in need of help throughout our organization, including the ReStore and various committee and support groups.


We have several different programs to choose from. We refer to them as follows:

NEW-CON = New home construction including all phases of  building construction, site development and maintenance, material storage and handling,, and other general labor work.

RE-CON = Reconstruction or rehab work including carpentry, painting, general labor, and miscellaneous work that is generally needed for repairs and renovations.

DE-CON = Deconstruction which is building in reverse. This work includes the removal of reusable fixtures and building components that we resell at our Habitat Restore.

ReSTORE= Assisting at the ReStore and warehouse

Please remember all volunteers must be at least 16 years and have signed a release form, emergency contact form and have read the safety manual or safety video.  Links to the forms and the safety manual can be found below.

If you have a group of 3 or more volunteers who would like to work together, please call our volunteer coordinator for further information at 843-757-5864.

VOLUNTEER ON A BUILD SITE:

If you are an individual or part of a group and would like to get started working on a build site, there are just a few simple steps that you need to follow:

1. Contact our volunteer coordinator at (843) 757-5864, (843) 384- 9939 or jaunellmurphy@habitathhi.org . Please complete the paperwork before your scheduled meeting, follow the steps below:

2. Review the Work Crew Safety Manual or the Safety DVD (can only be viewed at the Habitat Office or at the work site) and sign the Acknowledgement Form.

3. Sign the   Adult  or   Minor   Release and Waiver of Liability Form     

4. Complete the Contact & Medical Information Sheet.

5. Meet with volunteer coordinator with completed paperwork and receive your official Habitat name tag to begin volunteering.

 

Click here to register and see a calendar of our upcoming projects.

   

VOLUNTEER AT THE RESTORE

If you like bargains and working with the public then the Restore is the place for you. Volunteers are needed Monday - Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm to assist customers, accept donations and answer phones. To find our more about this fun volunteer opportunity, contact Alicia Welch at (843) 757-9995 or aliciawelch@habitathhi.org and schedule your orientation today.

 

 

 

 

Directions to Restore

  • From Hilton Head - Take 278 West off Island towards Bluffton, turn Left onto Highway 46 in Bluffton at light after the Kitty's Crossing Shopping Center (the Crescent Golf Community is on the right), go to the four way stop and turn right. ReStore will be about 1/4 mile on your right next to Dollar General.
  • From I-95 - Take 278 East towards Bluffton, turn Right onto Highway 46 at light before the Kitty's Crossing Shopping Center (the Crescent Golf Community is on the left), go to the four way stop and turn right. ReStore will be about 1/4 mile on your right next to Dollar General.
 
   

VOLUNTEER ON A COMMITTEE:

It takes more than just construction to build a house, and volunteers are always needed to help with planning, family selection, fundraising, etc. There are many tasks that require only a willingness to learn and work with others. Committees meet at least once a month, but the time commitment may vary depending on urgency and necessity. We encourage you to consider volunteering for one of the following committees:

Church Relations
Restore
Development/Resources
Family Selection
Family Support
Site Selection
Finance
Tithing
Nominating
Women Build
 
Public Relations/Speakers Bureau

Contact Patricia Carey Wirth at (843) 757-5864 or patwirth@habitathhi.org for more information.

   

VOLUNTEER FOR AN EVENT:

Throughout the year, Habitat hosts or is the benefactor of a variety of fundraising and special events that require the help of volunteers, during weekdays, evenings or on the weekends. Contact the volunteer coordinator at (843) 757-5864 or jaunellmurphy@habitathhi.org for upcoming events. Also, if you are interested in organizing a fundraiser, contact Patricia Carey Wirth at (843) 757-5864 or patwirth@habitathhi.org .

COLLEGIATE CHALLENGE:

Each year, Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity participates in Habitat for Humanity International's Collegiate Challenge. This year more than 11,500 students have signed up to participate at 235 Habitat locations across the country. Through its 18-year history, Collegiate Challenge has sent more than 139,000 students to build Habitat houses. During this time, students have raised more than $11 million in donations to the program. This year alone, Collegiate Challenge students will contribute $1.4 million to help build homes. Our volunteers enjoy working with the students because of the great enthusiasm and energy they bring to the work site. In 2011, our affiliate hosted over 200 students from various colleges and universities around the country.:

Local alumni often get together to host an event, such as a pizza party or barbecue, for visiting students. If you are interested in hosting an event, please contact the volunteer coordinatorl at (843) 757-5864 or jaunellmurphy@habitathhi.org.

   

CARE-A-VANNER PROGRAM:

Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity attracts additional volunteers through Habitat for Humanity International's Care-A-Vanner program. Members of the program are RV owners who travel the country volunteering their time at Habitat projects and helping to accelerate and/or supplement ongoing building projects. Our affiliate has enjoyed hosting Care-A-Vanners from Maine, Michigan, Wisconsin, New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Texas, and Minnesota as well as from Canada. They follow our construction schedule of working Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm and spend late afternoons enjoying the area. Our experiences with these generous people have been mutually rewarding.

   

GOLDEN HAMMER AWARDS:

Each year in April, the Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity recognizes the many volunteers who live the Habitat mission which is "to eliminate substandard housing and homelessness and break the cycle of poverty that inadequate housing fosters." Each volunteer who gives 100 hours or more of their time building houses, working for our Restore, or helping with events, is awarded a "golden hammer." This year, eighty nine volunteers were recognized. Our leading volunteers have worked over 500 hours this year, and we have over twenty volunteers who have worked over 250 hours. On most working days on a build, you can see area residents enjoying the camaraderie of building houses together.