Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity

Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity

Make a Difference for NH Families

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity. We rely on their dedication and generosity to further our mission. We are always in need of volunteers with skills and compassion and we have diverse opportunities to volunteer that go beyond swinging a hammer.

No matter your skills or experience, you can help build simple, decent, affordable homes to help local families. Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity volunteers develop new skills, make new friends, and have fun while improving the lives of others. We are always looking for contributions in the following areas:

Southeast NH Habitat for HumanityConstruction Volunteers Build houses for Habitat for Humanity!
Southeast NH Habitat for HumanityReStore Work for our retail store which sells recycled building material.
Southeast NH Habitat for HumanityCommittees Behind-the-scenes management and administration.
Southeast NH Habitat for HumanityYouth Groups Sixteen years of age or older? Volunteer at our build sites or ReStore!
Southeast NH Habitat for HumanityFaith Community We rely on churches and faith organizations for support. Can yours help?

To volunteer, please click on the VolunteerUp icon to register. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Dawn Rheaume, admin@senhhabitat.org.

Volunteer UP!
Be sure to visit Volunteer UP!, our web-based volunteer management system that allows users to sign up and register for projects and events.

Volunteer to Help Build a Habitat Home

Building a Habitat home is our most popular activity. This is what most people think of when they consider helping Habitat. Every Habitat home is built by volunteers. We build every Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. No prior experience is needed. We offer on-site training each morning and provide tools. (If you have your own tools, we welcome you to bring them!) Individuals and groups may schedule work days by clicking on the VolunteerUp icon to register and locate available build dates. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Dawn Rheaume, admin@senhhabitat.org. For safety and liability reasons, all construction volunteers must be at least 16 years old. No one under the age of 16 is permitted on the job site.

Crew Leader/Support Leaders
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 – of course – build a beautiful home! Crew and support leaders supplement our construction crew and make it possible for us to build bigger and better.

Building Volunteer FAQs
Volunteer for Habitat for HumanityWhat kind of work will I do at the construction site?
Though we'll try to let you know what you'll be doing before your work day arrives, weather and other factors make predicting construction work a challenge. Some examples of what you might do include:

  • Framing
  • Roofing
  • Installing insulation
  • Installing cabinets and closets
  • Landscaping
  • Painting
  • Light cleaning
  • Loading and unloading materials

Whatever job you're assigned, make sure you're comfortable with it! If you are unable to complete a task, or feel afraid (not everyone wants to be on the roof!), tell your crew leader. You'll either be given another project or asked to break for a bit while crew leaders prepare for the next phase.

Do I need construction experience to help build?
No! It's great if you have construction skills but certainly not necessary. Your crew leader will ensure that you receive training for the task at hand. Before you know it, you'll have picked up handy new skills you can use next time you volunteer! If you have expertise in some aspect of construction, please let us know. We can't guarantee we'll need work in that area on the day you volunteer, but we'll do everything we can to put your skills to good use!

What should I wear?
Volunteers at construction sites and our ReStore wear clothes they don't mind getting dirty, torn, or even ruined. Closed-toe shoes are a must, so put on your sneakers or work boots. We build in all kinds of weather, so be sure to dress in layers that are appropriate for indoor and/or outdoor work in whatever weather is happening during your build day.

We do not build in extreme weather. Please check our news section, or our Facebook or Twitter pages before you leave in the morning. Cancellations will be made by 10 p.m. the night before a build.

What should I bring?
1. Forms. A signed release and waiver form. If you are younger than 18, you must have a parent or guardian sign the above form. All construction volunteers must be at least 16 years old. For safety and liability reasons, no one younger than 16 is permitted on our construction sites.

2. Tools. Although we do have tools on-site, you are welcome to bring your personal tools. Please make sure to label them! We suggest:  

  • Hammer (at least 16 oz.)
  • Tape measure
  • Nail apron or tool belt
  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • Hard hat

If you don't have the above items, don't worry! The tools you need will be available at the construction site.

3. Lunch and Supplies.
Sometimes we are blessed enough to have lunch provided by generous donors and volunteers, but this is not always the case. Please plan to bring a bagged lunch. Water, sunblock, a hat, sunglasses, and a camera are also handy.

Lunch Services Volunteers and Donations
Each Saturday, 10 - 20 volunteers work tirelessly at Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity's construction sites. We welcome donated lunches to give them an energy boost and a small token of our appreciation! If you're interested in providing lunch to our on-site volunteers, first, please click on VolunteerUP to register. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Dawn Rheaume, admin@senhhabitat.org.

Volunteer Your Time and Expertise for our Committees

Volunteer for Habitat for HumanityHabitat for Humanity requires a considerable amount of work behind the scenes before, during, and after building. Committee volunteers provide invaluable support in the areas of family selection, fundraising, site selection and more. If you have a skill set that fits one of these teams, please contact the committee chairs listed below for more information.

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. If you are interested in helping drive our mission and increasing our capacity, please contact president@senhhabitat.org.

Family Selection Committee
This committee manages the selection process of the families we partner with. This process can take as long as six months. 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. If you want to help us fill our homes with qualified, hard-working families, please contact familyselection@senhhabitat.org.

Family Support Committee
This committee facilitates homeowner training and helps families understand their homeowner duties, in terms of both their partnership with Habitat (financial, sweat equity, etc.) and other areas, such as budgeting and home maintenance. The team also helps Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity learn from our partner families so we can improve our programs to better serve their needs. Please contact familysupport@senhhabitat.org to learn more.

Building Committee
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.

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. If you’ve got the right stuff, contact building@senhhabitat.org.

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. Do you have real estate or governmental experience and relationships? We need you! Please contact siteselection@senhhabitat.org.

Volunteer Relations Committee
This team organizes volunteers to find the right people for the right jobs. You'll set up times and places to work, whether in the office, at events, at the job site or at the store. This committee helps team chairs fill holes and build solid, functioning teams. This team also maintains our volunteer database, tracks volunteer hours and sets criteria for volunteer recognition. Love people? Enjoy finding out how their passion fits with our mission? Contact volunteer@senhhabitat.org.

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. Contact executivedirector@senhhabitat.org.

Public Relations Committee
This team spreads the word about Habitat's mission and activities. Members interface with the media; speak to local chambers of commerce, church congregations and other organizations; participate in community events; create marketing and presentation materials; and maintain our website and communications materials. If you have experience in media relations or marketing, or would simply love to spread the word about affordable housing, contact publicrelations@senhhabitat.org.

Youth Relations Committee
This team raises youth awareness of Habitat and encourages young people to get involved. Team members contact area schools and churches to encourage youth to volunteer, raise awareness and raise money through Nickels for Nails and other appropriate programs. This team is responsible for tracking all events and assisting youth groups where necessary. Contact youth@senhhabitat.org to learn more.

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. If you have a strong faith, and a strong desire to help those in need through service, contact faithrelations@senhhabitat.org.

Youth Programs

Habitat for Humanity wants YOUth!! If you are aged 5 to 25, you can help further our mission. Through Habitat, young people have the opportunity to help eliminate poverty housing, to work in partnership with a diverse group of people, and to make a positive difference in their own communities. Remember, you need to be 16 or older to work on a Habitat build site or in the ReStore. But youth younger than 16 can still help in a variety of ways listed below.

Nickels for Nails
Nickels for Nails

Coming soon to Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity! ( We are looking for help to run this program )
Nickels for Nails is a youth-led fundraising initiative that will mobilize youth to raise funds to build and sponsor a Habitat for Humanity home. Make a difference through Nickels for Nails and see first-hand how donating extra change can make a life-altering difference for one deserving family. Teachers, youth group coordinators and students will receive a coin collection container for their classroom along with a guide on starting a successful fund drive. Teachers can also download curriculum plans to educate their students about the growing housing crisis and how everyone can help in the cause. The group who raises the most funds during the drive will be eligible to win a prize and be recognized by Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity.

Youths participating in Nickels for Nails are invited to meet the partner family and attend the groundbreaking and housewarming celebrations.

Campus Chapters
A campus chapter is a student-led, student-initiated organization on a high school or college campus which partners with local Habitat affiliates to build, fundraise, advocate and educate. To find out more or start a campus chapter at your school, please visit www.habitat.org/youthprograms/campuschapters.

Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity currently works with the University of New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter.

Internship programs provide opportunities for individuals enrolled in higher education to work in our site and offices with Habitat staff members to assist in the creation of new programs and systems.

Youth United
Coming to Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity soon!!
Youth United is a Habitat for Humanity program run by youth and for youth aged 5 to 25. It brings young people together from all walks of life together to play active roles in transforming their communities. Youth United mobilizes young people to sponsor and build a house with their local Habitat affiliate.

Youth United teaches leadership and teamwork skills
Through Youth United, students gain a better understanding of their communities and poverty housing. All students are engaged in fund-raising, education and advocacy activities. Those older than 16 may help with actual house construction.

The Four Goals of Youth United
  • Involve youth in their communities.
  • Engage youth in Habitat’s mission of eliminating poverty housing.
  • Foster teamwork among diverse groups of youth.
  • Develop youth leaders.
Volunteer for Habitat for HumanitySuggestions for Habitat's Youth Volunteers
Here are some ideas:

Learn More about Youth Programs at Habitat for Humanity International

  • Participate in the Nickels for Nails campaign.
  • Recycle aluminum cans through Cans for Habitat program; donate money to Habitat.
  • Paint doors or baseboards.
  • Hold a tool donation drive for Habitat construction sites and/or the ReStore.
  • Prepare and serve lunch or snacks for volunteers on site.
  • Participate in house dedication ceremony.
  • Gather housewarming items (cleaning supplies, plants, etc.) and present them to a family at the home dedication.
  • Design a paving stone with a blessing or message for a partner family's yard.
  • Decorate a wood stud with blessings or messages to the partner family.
  • Be creative and create your own project or FUN-raiser! (see below for some of our ideas).

FUN-raiser Ideas
  • Construct a small house and collect change at approved locations.
  • Make birdhouses and window flower boxes. Decorate flower pots for house plants. Make key chains, or simple picture frames for fundraising efforts.
  • Hold a Lego home-building contest to raise money and awareness.
  • Have a silent auction or craft fair for items that youth make.
  • Sponsor a bowl-a-thon, hike for Habitat or walk-a-thon.
  • Sponsor a bake sale at your school or church.
  • Challenge your peers at school or church to donate money according to their shoe size (for example, size 8 = $8).

Building on Faith

Volunteer for Habitat for HumanityHabitat 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.

Put 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 Church Help Habitat?

Covenant Congregations
Habitat for Humanity has its roots in the faith community, and our Covenant Congregation relationships are a fundamental part of our success. Community faith groups are essential partners in organizing the manpower and will power within our community, and focusing it towards a common goal.

Through the Covenant relationship with Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity, faith groups express with their prayers, time, energy, and dollars that all people are entitled to a safe place to call home. We rely on the faith community for spiritual, volunteer, and financial support. In recognition of this, Covenant Congregations pledge to support Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity in all three of these ways.

How to Apply
  • Send an email to faithrelations@senhhabitat.org with your congregation's name and a short statement about how you would like to get involved with Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity.
  • Meet with us! We want to know how your congregation would like to get involved spiritually, voluntarily, and financially.
  • If we go forward with the partnership, we will sign our Covenant Agreement stating our intentions to partner together in support of affordable housing.

Apostles Build
In an Apostles Build project, 12 churches, or coalitions of churches, come together to build a Habitat for Humanity house. They raise money and provide labor and prayer support to build a house in partnership with a local family. The idea of going out into the community to serve others, in the way that Jesus’ apostles served, has attracted individuals in many churches. With Habitat for Humanity, churches can share God’s love by building homes.

The word disciple comes from the Latin word for pupil or learner. Jesus chose 12 disciples as his closest associates. They traveled with Jesus and learned from him. In Matthew 10, Jesus sends out the 12 on a mission. He "gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness" (verse 1). The passage continues by listing the names of the 12 who are then referred to as apostles. An apostle is one who is sent on a mission.

Volunteer for Habitat for HumanityBenefits for Churches
  1. Building a house gives people a concrete way to put their faith into action. 
  2. An Apostles Build project calls people to leave the halls of the church and to serve in the way the original apostles served.
  3. Working on this project allows people of faith to be the body of Christ in the world. Many churches report that when they become Habitat for Humanity partners, they experience revitalization throughout the congregation. Some note that membership grows and that giving increases because people want to be part of a vibrant church that reaches beyond itself. Churches often report that members get excited about other mission opportunities after working on a Habitat project.

The International Day of Prayer and Action for Human Habitat
Observed on the third Sunday in September, this is a time when the entire Habitat for Humanity community is urged to come together in prayer for those in need of shelter. Through prayer, Habitat for Humanity continues to make a dramatic difference in the lives of people around the world. Many volunteers are drawn to this ministry after hearing God’s call and seeking God’s guidance through prayer. Other prayers are answered when families and communities grow in the shelter of God’s grace. The hurdles of funding and building homes are overcome through the miracles of prayer.

Offering Ourselves as Instruments of Service
The Day of Prayer was begun in 1983 to make housing a matter of conscience. The intent was to place in the hearts, minds and souls of people everywhere the idea that poverty housing is unacceptable. The New Testament passages from 1 John 3:17 teach that we must respond to those in need.

The Day of Prayer is a wonderful opportunity for Habitat affiliates/groups to be in partnership with many churches. Invite churches to:
  • Shape the worship service on the third Sunday in September around God’s call to serve one another.
  • Use the bulletin inserts designed especially for this day. Your affiliate or Habitat group can put a customized message about your local ministry on the back of the inserts.
  • Offer prayers for those in need of shelter.
  • Pray that people will respond as God calls them.
  • Adopt housing as an ongoing ministry emphasis.
Affiliates/Habitat groups can also come together on this special day to:
  • Gather the staff, board, committee members and volunteers in prayer.
  • Offer thanks to God for the blessings of this ministry.
  • Pray for strength and direction.
  • Pray for your church partners and pray that God will direct people to use their gifts and put their faith into action.
Travel and Build with Global Village
Take a Global Village trip and help people in a different part of the world build Habitat houses. Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity is currently organizing trips to work with our international partner Habitat for Humanity Costa Rica.
Contact the Executive Director for more information.

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