VOLUNTEER

Everything we accomplish is a direct result of the efforts of our volunteers. No matter your skills or experience, you can help build simple, decent, affordable homes to help local families. Our volunteers develop new skills, make new friends, and have fun while improving the lives of others.

Questions? Please e-mail volunteers@nashabitat.org.

YOUth Can Help

Habitat’s youth programs engage young people ages 5 to 25 and involve them as leaders in the work of Habitat for Humanity. There are many different ways youth can support our mission of eliminating poverty housing. For more information, please see the resources and activities listed below, or email volunteers@nashabitat.org.

Youth Resources and Activities

Build a model Habitat for Humanity house
Build a model Habitat for Humanity two-bedroom house using this free downloadable activity and an empty cereal box.

Card creation kit
Young people can use the resources in this kit to make cards for donors, homeowners and volunteers.

Habitat BINGO
Habitat for Humanity Bingo features tools for a fun twist on a classic game.

Habitat gingerbread house
Construct an edible gingerbread house and learn about simple, decent housing.

Hands-on building activities for youth
Do you have youth under age 16 who want to do some hands-on building? Check out these step-by-step directions for individuals or groups to do with the help of an adult.

Volunteer to Help Build

Volunteer to Help Build a Habitat Home

Building a Habitat home is our most popular volunteer activity. This is what most people think of when they consider volunteering with Habitat.

We build every Thursday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. No prior experience is needed. We welcome individuals, as well as groups of volunteers, to work with us on site.

Prior to your build day, please fill out and bring with you a Volunteer Form & Waiver of Liability Form. You can also review our Construction Safety Policy Manual.

Please wear comfortable clothing and expect to get dirty. Close-toed shoes are a must, and layers are often helpful. We offer on-site training each morning. Bring work gloves if possible, but no tools or supplies are required; GNHFH will provide all necessary tools and building materials. Unless otherwise indicated, please plan to bring a lunch. You may wish to bring water to drink as well.

We do not build in extreme weather. Volunteers will be notified in advance if a build day is cancelled.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, please contact volunteers@nashabitat.org.

Age Restrictions
Due to safety and liability reasons, youth under 14 years old are not allowed on the build site. Youth ages 14 and 15 can help with painting, landscaping and site clean up only; they not allowed during general construction activities and must have parent/guardian present at all times. A parent/guardian must sign a release form. Youth ages 16 and 17 can help on site, but cannot use power tools or nail guns and are not allowed to participate in truss/roof construction activities. A parent/guardian must a sign release form.

Parking for 42 Chestnut Street
Street parking for our 42 Chestnut Street project is limited. Public parking is available nearby at the former courthouse in the middle of the traffic circle just north of the site, as well as at the High Street Parking Lot and the Garden Street Parking Lot B. Please do not park directly in front of the project; we need access for deliveries and our equipment truck.

Crew Leaders & Core Volunteers
If you can perform basic construction tasks and like working with groups, we need your help. You’ll make sure volunteers have a great experience, learn new skills and build a new home for a deserving local family.

Small Jobs & Critical Repairs
Occasionally, GNHFH performs small jobs and critical repairs for families that fall within our partner family guidelines. We often seek volunteers to help with these projects. For up-to-date information as to when these volunteer opportunities become available, make sure to sign up for our weekly e-mail update (below).

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Corporate & Team Build Days

GNHFH Team Build Days are opportunities for groups to have an enriched team-building experience while volunteering on a Habitat construction site. Your group will enjoy an exclusive guided day of service that includes lunch, t-shirts, photo & press opportunities, invitations to our house dedication ceremony and much more.

Please read our 2015 Corporate Partnership Package for more information on planning your Team Build Day or contact jen.skibba@nashabitat.org.

 

Thank You To Our 2017 Team Build Day Groups!

Target of Amherst Street

Anheuser-Busch – Master Builder Sponsor

Kaitlyn’s Team

Congregational Church of Hollis

Eversource

New Hampshire Networkers – Women Build Sponsor

Valeo Radar – Women Build Sponsor

Lowe’s of Amherst – Women Build Sponsor

Team Lorrain – Women Build Sponsor

UPS – Master Builder Sponsor

Digital Federal Credit Union – Women Build Sponsor

Team Leading Ladies – Women Build Sponsor

Viking Roofing – Women Build Sponsor

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage of Amherst

Medicus Healthcare Solutions

Dynamic Benchmarking

Rivier Habitat Chapter

Thank You To Our 2017 Lunch Sponsors!

Quiznos – Main Street

Subway – Main Street

Chipotle – Amherst Street

Kinsley House of Pizza

Firehouse Subs – Amherst Street

Weathervane Seafood

110 Grill

Riverside BBQ

GFWC Hudson Community Club

Hollis Woman’s Club

 

Joining the Board of Directors or a Habitat Committee

There is quite a bit of work that takes place behind the scenes to make a Habitat home possible. Our Board of Directors and committee volunteers provide invaluable support in the areas of family selection, fundraising, land/site acquisition and more. If you have a skill set that fits one of these teams, please contact volunteers@nashabitat.org.

Board of Directors
Our all-volunteer Board of Directors represents a variety of experience and talent. We always look for Board members to provide governance and direction. The Board meets monthly and some Board members are involved in sub-committees that may meet regularly as well.

Family Selection Committee
This committee manages the selection process of the families we partner with. It evaluates applicant families based on their need for adequate shelter, ability to pay, and willingness to partner with Habitat. In addition to evaluating the standard credit and financial information required of all home buyers, the team also conducts visits to the homes of applicant families.

 

Building Crew
Team members interface with designers, suppliers, engineers, city planners, subcontractors and individuals/organizations who play a role in the build. The team obtains permits; prepares construction schedules and materials lists; manages procurement of materials; interfaces with municipalities and regulatory officials; and oversees the work of subcontractors and volunteers.

This committee is also responsible for evaluating safety processes on the Habitat build sites, as well as any work that could present potential lead paint issues, or other similar issues. When necessary, this committee also tackles any safety issues that arise in warehouse and ReStore efforts.

Who makes a good Building Committee member? Anyone with experience or knowledge of site development or building homes – surveyors, architects, building supply people, or carpenters.

Land Acquisition & Site Selection Committee
This team identifies potential sites for construction and checks with city offices for availability of utility hook-ups, deed holders and other logistical concerns. You’ll work with our Building Committee to make certain lots are buildable at no or low cost.

Fundraising Committee
This team raises funds and community awareness of Habitat’s mission. The committee develops fundraising ideas and coordinates special events and campaigns. You’ll also coordinate corporate sponsorships, donor relations, recognition, and research and write grants. You’ll build relationships with people who are passionate about affordable housing, and have the means to further our mission.

Faith Relations
This team encourages support and involvement from the faith community. Ideally, this committee is made up of members of our faith partner organizations. This team coordinates prayer and fundraising efforts, and maintains relations with existing faith partners and potential partners.

Faith Groups

“Our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action”
– 1 John 3:18

Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian ministry. Our belief is that all people should have a safe, decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity’s work is driven by the desire to give tangible expression to God’s love through the work of eliminating poverty housing. Habitat for Humanity partners with individuals of all faiths, or of no faith, to bring diverse groups of people together to join our mission to build and renovate simple, decent, affordable houses.

Habitat has an open-door policy: All who desire to be a part of this work are welcome, regardless of religious preference or background. We have a policy of building with people in need regardless of race or religion. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds.

Putting Faith into Action
Habitat is a partnership founded on common ground – bridging theological differences by putting love and faith into action. Everyone can use a hammer as an instrument to manifest God’s love. Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity, said “While we may disagree on many issues, we can agree on the idea of building homes with God’s people in need.” As we focus on working together to build a house, we realize that our similarities become more important than our differences.

How Can My Congregation Help Habitat?
Habitat for Humanity has its roots in the faith community, and our Faith Partner relationships are a fundamental part of our success.

Through a Faith Partner relationship with GNHFH, faith groups express with their prayers, time, energy, and dollars that all people are entitled to a safe place to call home. Congregations of all sizes can partner with Habitat for Humanity in a variety of ways.

Consider these possibilities:
• Pray. Without the continuing prayers of millions of people, Habitat’s work could not continue.
• Support Habitat financially Encourage your congregation to include Habitat for Humanity in its mission work.
• Make regular donations to your local Habitat affiliate or collect special Habitat for Humanity offerings.
Provide in-kind goods and services.
• Raise funds to build all or part of a house.
• Volunteer. Build strength and unity within your congregation as you work toward the common goal of helping others.

For more information about building a faith partnership with Habitat, please contact Paul Mangold, GNHFH Faith Relations Coordinator, at (603) 321-3924 or paul.mangold@nashabitat.org.

Milford United Methodist Church

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