Habitat volunteers come from all walks of life, from students to church members, construction workers to lawyers, teachers to office workers. Volunteers have always been and continue to be the core of Old Colony Habitat. By working with volunteers of all skill levels we are able to involve the greater community in the process of house construction and keep the costs of housing as low as possible. On a typical build site, lawyers work with construction workers, and small business owners partner with sales persons. Habitat brings people together to help build a better community.
Volunteers are needed in all areas of our organization. No construction skills are needed to become involved. Every level of volunteerism is important to help us continue to achieve our mission of partnering with families to eliminate substandard housing in Bristol and Norfolk counties.
Corporate, business and school groups are always welcome on our habitat build sites. Old Colony Habitat partners with groups throughout the typical build schedule to take on both large and small projects. We are prepared to work with groups to enhance the build experience by including team building programs before and following the build. These team build opportunities have been extremely well received as programs that improve employee engagement and bring co-workers together to help create a stronger and more cohesive work team. We are always excited to work with “Volunteer Groups” and can design a customized group experience specifically for your organization or group!
For more information see “Group Volunteer Build Days” below.
Group Volunteer Build Days
Organizing a group to volunteer is not an easy task! Here is what you need to think about when getting a group together and planning your build. If you have questions please send an email to the Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com.
Recruit Group Members
Send out periodic emails and make sure that your sign up sheet stays full! People often agree to volunteer but as the day gets closer things come up and you may be scrambling for volunteers. Groups should be a maximum of 10 people.
Fundraising for Groups
Corporate volunteer groups are also asked to make a financial contribution of $2,000 per build day. Hence, it is important to start fundraising early to make sure you reach your goal in time for your build. If you don’t think you can make the fundraising goal in time it may be best to re-schedule for a future date when you have enough time to raise the funds. School groups, churches, and other non-profit groups are requested to sign up for a regular Saturday Build day.
Designate a Group Captain
The Group Captain is different from the person who is setting up the build. The Group Captain is a member of your group who will be attending the build day and can serve as a liaison between your group and Old Colony Habitat for any build day issues.
Waiver of Liability Form
All participants must sign the “Release and Waiver of Liability Form” before participating in the build. The Group Captain should bring this to the work site on the day of your build. Volunteers who are 16 or 17 must be sure to include a parent or guardian’s signature along with adequate supervision.
Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org if your group needs to cancel or reschedule your build day.
Sign up for a work day on our “Volunteer Sign-Up” calendar. All volunteers must have a current “Release and Waiver of Liability Form” on file. These forms are good for one year and can be downloaded from the “Volunteer Sign-Up” page.
Without committed volunteer support behind the scenes, hammers don’t get swung and walls don’t get raised for families in need of affordable housing. You can make an ongoing contribution to our mission by joining one of our committees.
The Building Committee meets the first Tuesday of every month at 9 Washington Street in Attleboro, MA (at our Habitat ReStore location). As the most active committee in the affiliate, the Building Committee is responsible for all aspects of both home construction and the “A Brush With Kindness” program. Under the leadership of the Chair, members of the Building Committee plan our projects, coordinate architectural work, work with municipal agencies and supervise the crews of volunteers who work on our houses and projects. Architects are always needed! If you can help, please contact our Building Committee Chairperson at email@example.com.
Site Selection and Land Acquisition Committee
The Site Selection/Land Acquisition Committee meetings are scheduled as needed by the Committee Chairperson. The committee has the responsibility of identifying and selecting possible land and real estate that will support future Habitat builds. The ultimate challenge the committee faces is finding and acquiring buildable land that meets the tough financial parameters set. In order to build an affordable home, the committee works to find land that is eligible for donation (municipal land), land being auctioned off, or land that is priced within the range acceptable for our affordable home construction budget. Individuals with skills in Real Estate Law and administration have historically been extremely successful in supporting the Land Acquisition Committee. If you can help, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Relations Committee
This committee works very closely with all other committees and agencies of the affiliate. We need people who are skilled in writing grant requests, issuing press releases and spreading the word of the good work Old Colony Habitat is doing every day throughout Bristol and Norfolk counties. The committee is also called upon to assist with our annual Appeal Campaign. Getting the word out on the work we are doing is a critical volunteer role and your participation in the Public Relations Committee will help get us there. We are currently engaged in marketing the affiliate through social media, our websites, press releases, outreach to organizations and churches, and recognition of our supporters. If you would like to help with our Public Relations activities, contact us at email@example.com.
Family Services Committee
The Family Services Committee has the difficult task of selecting partner families for our Habitat home builds. The committee solicits applications, informs potential homeowners about our program and conducts the extensive review process of qualified applicants to select the next partner family. Once selected, a family maintains a close relationship with an assigned sponsor from the Family Services Committee as they go through the homeowner education process and embark on the journey of responsibility that goes with owning your own home. If you like to be at the “tip of the spear” in bettering the lives of families in need, then participating on this committee is for you! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We continually need volunteers for the many activities supported by Old Colony Habitat. If you are interested in joining any of the standing committees, please give a call or email us. We need your help to eliminate substandard housing in Bristol and Norfolk counties! We need help in Fund Raising, Family Selection, Family Partnership, Public Relations, Site Acquisition, Church Relations, Newsletter Publishing, Grant Writing, Volunteer Coordination and more.
If you would like to help on any of these committees or activities, we encourage you to visit one of our monthly board meetings. General Session meetings for the Board of Directors are held at 6:30 pm on the second Tuesday of every month. If you are interested in attending a Board Meeting as a guest, please contact us at 508-399-1781 or email our Executive Director at email@example.com.