Get Involved: Become a Habitat Volunteer Volunteers are the heart of Habitat for Humanity of Lumpkin County. Our mission of eliminating substandard housing brings together individual and group volunteers from corporate, faith, educational, and community groups to ensure that everyone may live in safe, decent, and affordable housing. The Habitat provides a unique volunteer experience for people of all ages, races, religions and abilities. The tangible results of a day on the construction site, or the emotional involvement in a family's growth are things that make the Habitat experience more fulfilling than you can ever imagine. We give volunteers an opportunity to not only make a difference with a days work, but also make a connection with a family moving towards stability, entitlement, and homeownership. There are volunteer opportunities in every aspect of the Lumpkin County Habitat for Humanity. From construction labor to committee work, fundraising to family relations, there are always places for you to get involved. Attend a Volunteer Orientation The easiest way to get started is to attend a Volunteer Orientation, where you will learn about the amazing things Habitat for Humanity has done here in our own community and around the world. In addition, we will provide detailed information on the many different volunteer opportunities available and answer any questions you may have. Contact us for more information at (706)864-7584.
Listed below are brief descriptions of our various volunteer activities.
|Publications:||Publication of the quarterly Newsletter, including writing, editing and formatting. Also, web site design.|
|Fund Development:||Organizes fund-raising events, such as Shadowbrook Dinner, Architecture Tour, Human Race, and Golf Tournament. Researches new ideas and opportunities for fund raising, including individual and corporate sources.|
|Site Selection:||Facilitates the construction of simple, easy-to-build, inexpensive, affordable homes for ownership. Works on plans and preparations for future Habitat construction by assisting in the design and layouts of future Habitat projects. Processes proposed plans through governmental agencies. Assists in the preparation of working drawings, subdivision maps, infrastructure plans and other documents required by governmental planning and building applications.|
|Construction:||Includes all activities related to on-site construction of housing. Habitat for Humanity is especially eager to recruit volunteers who have any construction skills and experience supervising. We also welcome unskilled volunteers, who are assigned simple tasks, thereby allowing the skilled workers to attend to more complex tasks. Normal workdays are Tuesdays and Saturdays, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.|
|Hospitality:||May perform occasional, brief tasks, such as serving as a docent for the annual Architects Tour or the Golf Tournament fundraiser. A desire for more involvement would include assisting in organizing social events such ground breaking ceremonies. Recruiting and organizing those churches, who commit to providing the construction crew with lunch on Tuesdays and Saturdays.|
|Family Selection:||Meets once a week for three months prior to the beginning of a new construction project (usually occurring once every year). Activities include review of applications for houses, interviewing applicant families in their home, checking references, and selecting the families to be awarded houses. Spanish-speaking or bilingual volunteers would be especially valuable in this area.|
|Family Partnership:||Acts as a liaison between Habitat for Humanity and the families who are buying homes. Assists the family in becoming a successful homeowner. Seeks feedback from the homeowners in the hope of improving the function of the organization. If the homeowners seek help with specific problems, Habitat for Humanity endeavors to connect the homeowners with whatever resources that might prove helpful. Spanish-speaking or bilingual volunteers would be especially valuable in this area.|
|Public Relations:||Acts as a contact between Habitat for Humanity and the media, including radio, television and newspaper. Previous press release experience helpful. Coordinates events.|
|Church Liaison:||Acts as a liaison between Habitat for Humanity and churches or other religious organizations that they may belong to.|
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What to Expect as a Volunteer
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