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Volunteer with Us

Volunteers are the heart of our organization and support every aspect of our work. In 2021, 955 volunteers contributed 37,053 hours of service, helping us to carry out our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Whether sorting donations in the ReStore, hammering nails on the construction site, or assisting in the administrative office, we hope you’ll find the volunteer opportunity that is right for you.

Interested in Volunteering in Madison County?

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Asheville Area Habitat and Madison County Habitat recently decided to join forces to strengthen Habitat for Humanity in our region. As a combined organization serving Buncombe and Madison Counties, more families will be served with life-changing homeownership and home repair programs in the coming years. More families will thrive, rather than survive.

This fall, construction will begin on the next Habitat home in Madison County. We need generous volunteers like you to help us partner with a local family to build an energy-efficient, affordable home. Please fill out this interest form below and you will be notified when there is more information.

Volunteer with our Construction Team

Construction Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals

Are you looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity that involves working with a team, being active, learning new skills and requires NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE? Volunteer alongside our experienced construction staff to help us build and repair homes. Full day shifts (8:30-3:30) are available year round, Monday – Saturday. 

Construction Volunteer Opportunities for Groups

Do you have a motivated group of friends who want to make a difference? Are you interested in a team-building activity for your employees? We welcome groups year-round on our jobsite, Monday – Saturday. Some opportunities do require sponsorship, while others do not. To inquire about corporate or church sponsorship, please contact Zoe Trout at 828-301-8206 or by email. Keep in mind, the calendar can fill up months in advance, so book early! To begin the scheduling process, please email Stephanie Wallace or call 828-210-9383.

For additional information about volunteering on the AAHH construction site contact Stephanie.

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Typical Day on the Job

Each day on the jobsite will begin with a safety talk and demonstration on the tasks to be completed that day. The site supervisors want you to feel comfortable asking questions and will work to meet your comfort level. Please click here to watch a Safety Video before your first shift.

Depending on the stage of new construction, volunteers can expect to: frame floors and walls, set trusses and raise roof ladders, build porches, install windows and doors, paint and stain, install cabinets, trim and flooring, stucco, landscape.

As a Home Repair volunteer, your tasks may include exterior painting, landscaping, building handicap-accessible ramps, and more.

Volunteer with our Home Repair Team

Are you interested in a unique and critical volunteer position with Asheville Habitat?

We are forming a small team of Core Home Repair Volunteers — a group of folks that can make a weekly or bi-weekly commitment to a specific day of the week. We’d love to have you join us! Please read below and then email Stephanie if you would like to give volunteering with Home Repair a try.

Home Repair volunteers help with a myriad of projects ranging from simply one-day jobs to week-long endeavors. Work include building ramps, installing grab bars and showers, replacing or repairing siding and flooring, building or rebuilding decks and stairs, painting/staining exteriors, and more.They work on existing homes in the community, to help low-income homeowners, often the elderly, be able to live longer and more safely in their homes. We have completed more than 400 repair jobs since 2010, and nearly 75% of the families we serve annually are served through this program.

Home Repair might be a great volunteer opportunity for you if you:

  • Enjoy a challenge and can adapt to a variety of environments and projects
  • Enjoy problem solving
  • Like interacting with homeowners and are comfortable working in occupied homes
  • Can work well on a small team of two to four people
  • Are interested in learning new skills

As a Home Repair Volunteer you will:

  • See the immediate impact of your work in your community
  • Help enable people to age in place with accessibility upgrades
  • Learn a variety of repair skills that can be used on your own home
  • Visit parts of Asheville and Buncombe County that you might otherwise never visit

Can’t make an ongoing commitment? No worries! We value your contributions as a single-day volunteer. Click here to see options and sign up.

Volunteer with our Deconstruction Team

Deconstruction Volunteer helps to remove cabinets from a home.

Provide an alternative to landfill disposal while making a difference in the lives of Habitat for Humanity homeowners in Buncombe County.

Work as a team to salvage reusable and saleable materials from remodeling projects and buildings slated for demolition. Typical tasks include removing kitchen cabinets, windows, doors, large appliances, and lighting fixtures.

Prior experience in construction or deconstruction is helpful but not necessary.

For more information contact Carrie Burgin at 828-210-9381 or cburgin@ashevillehabitat.org.

Volunteer at the ReStores

The Habitat ReStores in Asheville and Weaverville utilize more than 140 volunteers each week! These volunteers keep the stores running smoothly and support Habitat in providing a quality experience for our customers.

Proceeds from both ReStores help cover Asheville Area Habitat’s administrative and fundraising expenses and provide funding for our building programs. This means volunteers are vital to ensure the ReStores remains a sustainable source of funding, allowing us to continue to serve more families in our community. 

Travel and Build

Global Village Builds

This program is currently suspended due to Covid-19. When a future trip is planned, information will be posted here.

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Come Build with Us in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Do you have a group of volunteers looking for a week-long trip that provides meaningful work and the opportunity to engage with the local community? Are you interested in working hard and providing an empowering experience for your group? If so, come build with us!

In Asheville you will build affordable homes alongside passionate volunteers, future homeowners, and knowledgeable staff. In your spare time, you’ll enjoy all that makes the Land of the Sky so special.

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 Your trip fee will cover:
  • All building costs during your visit
  • A donation to the construction of new Habitat homes
  • Hands-on training and supervision from expert construction team
  • Welcome orientation and dinner with a Habitat homeowner
  • Personalized planning assistance and itinerary

To learn more and reserve your group contact Stephanie Wallace at 828-210-9383 or swallace@ashevillehabitat.org.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

When people think of volunteering with Habitat, often they think a hammer will be involved; but that’s not always the case. We also utilize volunteers throughout the organization including the administrative office. Office Volunteers can expect to perform a variety of office related tasks such as greeting visitors, answering phones, data entry, making phone calls, filing documents and helping with mailings.  There are also sometimes positions available on standing committees and for one-time events.

We are currently seeking office volunteers for regular weekly shifts. If you’re interested in supporting Habitat with your clerical skills, please contact Laura Walker at 828-210-9361 or lwalker@ashevillehabitat.org.

Would you like to help educate the community about Habitat?

We are seeking articulate, outgoing individuals with the ability to inspire others to help educate the community about Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. Opportunities include participating in speaking engagements, attending church services with homeowner families, making presentations to interested groups, tabling at event and fairs, and distributing information/collateral throughout the community.

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If you are passionate about Habitat for Humanity and would like to help ensure more people to know about our programs and services, please consider this volunteer opportunity. Just complete this Interest Form, or call 828-210-9361 with questions. Thank you!