- A daylong shift (Tues - Sat) at least monthly for 12+ months, as your schedule allows
- Varies by build site
Is This the Right Fit for Me?
You like working on a team, and you have some basic knowledge about how to use carpentry tools. Of course, you like being physically active and don’t mind being outside. You’re willing to be flexible and work on projects the way Habitat does things, understanding it may be a bit different from what you’re used to. You don’t mind taking the time to help a volunteer on a particular project or answer their questions.
About Habitat for Humanity of Kent County
Habitat for Humanity of Kent County strives to break the cycle of poverty through affordable homeownership, home repairs, and neighborhood revitalization in the Greater Grand Rapids area. Homes purchased from Habitat have a 0-percent-interest mortgage; because Habitat holds the mortgages, homeowners are actually helping to support current Habitat projects each time they pay their mortgage. There are three requirements for families qualify for a home: they must be able to pay the mortgage, demonstrate a need for improved housing, and commit to sweat-equity hours. In seeking truly transformed communities, Habitat Kent views bringing people together not only as a way to deliver a product—improved housing—but as an essential process for building hope and believe that healthier communities are achievable and beneficial for all.
What Others are Saying
I care about housing for the poor and I’m interested in working with my hands and doing construction. At builds, I've learned a lot about construction methods and techniques. Sometimes we battle through cold and snow and rain, but there are also many beautiful days! I've been really impressed by the site supervisors who take inexperienced volunteers and help them do constructive work without judgement or criticism. And I've been deeply moved at home dedications as the families take possession of their homes.Darryl
Contact the Organization
If you’re ready to ask some questions and get started, contact the Habitat for Humanity of Kent County directly.
What to Expect
Give Sarah a call to get started. She’ll answer your questions and let you know more about how to sign-up for build days via her weekly email. She’ll ask about tasks you particularly enjoy and see if you can connect with an upcoming build. Before your first shift, an in-person orientation at Habitat’s headquarters (425 Pleasant St SW) covers the organization’s mission, how a family gets connected with a home, what to expect at a build, and who to look for when you’re there. The orientations are held on the second Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. and third Thursdays at 12 p.m.