Volunteer Information

Way's To Help  

This is a list of various activities required to keep the affiliate working. Please consider how you could help and volunteer with us. For additional information contact:
 
Office (may get the answer machine); 315-510-5665 Email: madisoncountyhfh@madisoncountyhabitat.org
 
Family Selection:
The family selection committee is responsible for reviewing applications of potential home owners. For each selection period, they interview the applicants. Based on findings the committee makes a recommendation concerning the appropriate candidates.
 
Family Support:
Family Supports work with selected families and new home owners to help them adjust to their new home and the responsibilities of home ownership. Family Support provide guidance in areas as obligations (taxes, mortgage, etc) or yard & home maintenance. Partnerships are formed with families and are expected to be continued for at least one year but often become long term friendships.
 
Site Evaluation:
Every potential site must be examined for suitability. The organization considers each site with respect to lot size (ample but not extravagant), legal considerations, cost to build on, and potential issues for a habitat family. Houses built by MCHFH must provide suitable, affordable homes.
 
Fund Raising:
Over the years, the organization has conducted many different fund raising events, People that can bring new ideas and volunteers who are willing to help with or organize events are always a need.  
 
Public Relations:
Our public relations sub-committee is responsible for producing our newsletter and for press releases for important events. Typical events are ground breaking, house dedication, and fund raising events.

Volunteer Coordination:
A volunteer coordinator will help make sure we have appropriate construction volunteers. This person will work with the construction manager during a build.
 
Board of Directors:
Madison County HFH maintains an all volunteer, working board of directors. In order to optimize the value of contributions, our volunteers do not take payment for their service even at the level of directors and officers. Typically, directors are also members of the sub-committees which are responsible of many of the tasks above. The Board operates according to rules and responsibilities as defined in the Bylaws which include 4 elected officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer).

Construction/ABWK:

When: Habitat Construction and ABWK projects operate Saturdays and some weekdays between the hours of  8am-4pm. View our Facebook Page for exact date,times,and location.

How: The commitment is up to you. You may volunteer just once or as often as you wish; however, unless you make contact with us you will not receive phone calls or emails to volunteer in construction.

What to bring: We ask that  each volunteer bring a set of basic tools: hammer, nail apron, tape measure, and a pencil. If you have other basic tools, for example a utility knife, gloves, siding snips, etc. you may wish to bring them. Please be sure to label all of your tools with your name.

Skill Requirement: No specific skills, except a willingness to learn, are needed. Habitat provides an experienced crew leader on each work site who will provide guidance.

Who: Anyone may volunteer, but to help ensure a safe work environment, construction volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Teens, 16 and 17, may work on a construction site provided they have parental permission. Those under 18 must not use power tools, climb ladders, or work on scaffolding or the roof.

Arrival: To avoid interruption we ask that you try to show up on time. If its your first time volunteering you be asked to fill out a "waiver of liability". At the beginning of each work day a Habitat supervisor will start the morning with a prayer, introductions, a safety talk and instructions. The group will then break into crews to work on various tasks. 

Lunch/Breaks: are sometimes provided, you will be notified ahead of time if  you should something or not.


COMMUNITY SERVICE:

Individuals who have community service requirements can perform their hours with Habitat. Please notify us ahead of time in order for us to provide documentation of service.


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