• Volunteers are the heart of our organization

Volunteer with Us

Volunteers are the heart of our organization and support every aspect of our work. In 2018, 2,350 volunteers contributed 70,721 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, assisting families in the administrative office, or serving on our Community Engagement Committee, we hope you’ll find the volunteer opportunity that is right for you!

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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. Visit our volunteer calendar to sign-up today!

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 email Beth Russo or call 828-407-4487. 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.

Download a Volunteer Waiver.

Click here to download a Minor Volunteer Waiver.

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.

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.

Become a Home Repair Volunteer

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 270 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 would still value your contributions as a single-day volunteer. Sign up for an upcoming opportunity.

Volunteer at the ReStore

The Asheville Habitat ReStore utilizes more than 140 volunteers each week! These volunteers keep the store running smoothly and support Habitat in providing a quality experience for our customers.

Proceeds from the ReStore 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 ReStore remains a sustainable source of funding, allowing us to continue to serve more families in our community. Take a look at the information on the right to learn how you can get involved!

Global Village Trips

Take a Trip to Change Lives!

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MEXICO

DATE: May 25- June 2, 2019

LOCATION: Nayarit, Mexico

In Mexico, more than 50% of the population live in conditions of poverty and many lack the means to buy or build adequate housing. In Nayarit alone, 121,000 people live in poverty and 227,000 don’t have access to electricity, drinkable water, or sewer systems. Habitat for Humanity Mexico partners with future homeowners to build homes designed for each family’s needs with separate living spaces, a kitchen and a bathroom. On this trip, you’ll help Mexican families living in cramped, substandard housing gain access to safer, healthier housing solutions.

THIS TRIP IS NOW CLOSED. Stay tuned for a recap and photos.

 

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Another smokeless stove installed!

GUATEMALA

Joel Johnson, a Global Village Trip leader and our Home Repair Manager led another trip to Guatemala to build a Habitat home and install smokeless stoves this past April. See photos here.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Administrative Office Volunteer

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 an office volunteer for Tuesday mornings, Wednesday afternoons (preference for someone with a background in finance), and Friday afternoons. If you’re interested in being an office volunteer, contact Heather Roberts Van-Sickle at 828-407-4388 or hrobertsvansickle@ashevillehabitat.org

Homeowner Services Volunteer

Asheville Area Habitat is seeking an individual who feels a connection to our mission, is warm and welcoming, has great computer skills, and who is flexible to tackle a variety of administrative support tasks in the Homeowner Services department. Homeowner Services Volunteers will commit to one 4-hour shift each week and will gain experience in administrative duties for mortgage loan origination process, outreach, affiliate messaging, customer service, determining eligibility based on program criteria, tracking outcomes and efforts, and researching public records.

Duties are as follows:

For Homeownership

Check voicemail (VM), and add caller’s information to VM log / return calls when caller is asking for general information. If caller asks for application to be mailed- send cover letter and application to the caller and add their information to homeowner services database.

For Home Repairs:

Check VM, and add caller’s information to VM log / return calls when caller is asking for general information. When caller requests application: research and print property record, print and mail cover letter & application, and add all information to homeowner services database.

Other duties:

  • Print and compile documents for HO application packets
  • Assist Selection Specialist with information sessions on and off property
  • Contact applicants who have submitted incomplete applications
  • Send no response letters and update/maintain accurate database
  • Update frequently used forms and documents as needed

Volunteers may be asked to use Microsoft Access, Word, Excel and Outlook, in addition to city and county websites for public records research such as Buncombe County Tax Lookup, Register of Deeds, or Simplicity.

If you’re interested in this volunteer position, please email Heather Roberts-VanSickle

Community Engagement Committee Volunteer

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.

Click the links below for additional details:

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!