Carpenter Club
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Habitat for Humanity of Kent County

Carpenter Club

You’ll work on carpentry projects at Habitat for Humanity build sites that work with your location and schedule. Some members of the Carpenter Club have a lifetime of experience, and others are new to the work.

Habitat will email you a schedule for the upcoming week, including tentative tasks. You’ll sign up based on your availability and preferences, such as tasks to be completed, the home’s location, the site supervisor, etc. Build days run from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. You’ll be asked to attend a build at least once a month, though snow-birds can be accommodated.

Here are some examples of projects you may be assigned to, as you are able: framing (cutting and nailing wood), trim carpentry (doors, windows, flooring, etc.), painting, siding, deconstruction, and some final details on the home’s punch-list. Bonus: you don’t have to do plumbing, electrical, or drywall. Habitat provides all the safety equipment and tools, but you’re welcome to bring your own equipment and lucky tool belt, if you prefer.

You may find yourself directing a small group of one-day volunteers. You’ll help them get started on a particular project and answer their questions along the way. And, hey, if working with groups of volunteers isn’t your thing, you can always just sign up for Carpenter Club Days, where it’s just you and a bunch of other carpenters!

Habitat’s homebuyers commit to sweat equity; some homebuyers speak Spanish, so any Spanish-speaking skills you have are an added bonus.

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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.

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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.


Contact the Organization

If you’re ready to ask some questions and get started, contact the Habitat for Humanity of Kent County directly.

Sarah Brandt Volunteer Services Manager 616-588-5226

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.