Why volunteer with Asheville Habitat?

We’ll give you 5 reasons! The paths that lead people to volunteer with Asheville Habitat are varied. But the reasons folks continue to volunteer are often the same. Please read below to learn more.

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1 – The people. You’ll meet and work alongside homeowner families, like-minded fellow volunteers, and kind and dedicated staff. Long-time construction core volunteer Dick Allen shared with his fellow volunteers this commonly held sentiment during a virtual coffee break: “You are as much my family as my actual family. You are all such a pleasure to be around.”

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2 – The process. Whether swinging a hammer on a construction site, helping shoppers in the ReStore, entering data in the Administrative Office, or serving on a committee, you’ll be surrounded by community-minded people focused on building a better and more equitable world. You may go home tired, dirty, humbled or inspired – and that’s exactly why you’ll want to come back. Doing good feels good.

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3 – The product. One of our community’s most pressing needs is affordable housing. There is no more tangible opportunity to support affordable housing locally than to help build it! If the jobsite isn’t your cup of tea, no worries. ReStore proceeds support our building programs, so by volunteering in the Asheville or Weaverville ReStore, you’ll directly support the mission.

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4 – The byproduct. Just as valuable as building homes, is building community. Asheville Habitat provides an avenue for you to experience a sense of meaning and fulfillment, an opportunity to be part of something important and make a real difference. You’ll make new friends, learn new skills and hone existing ones, and maybe even launch a career in the non-profit sector.

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5 – The legacy. Homeownership is the single largest way Americans build wealth. Asheville Habitat helps make homeownership accessible to marginalized people who otherwise may not have an opportunity to buy a home, or have the resources to maintain and keep the one they already own. Help us build homes, communities and hope and you’ll help families now and for many generations to come.

Still on the fence? Hear directly from some of our core construction volunteers as they talk about why they volunteer with Asheville Habitat – and what they missed when our sites were closed due to Covid – in this short video.

Ready to volunteer? To see opportunities with Construction Services (new home and repair), click here. To explore opportunities in the ReStores (Asheville or Weaverville), contact Carrie at cburgin@ashevillehabitat.org. We look forward to seeing you!