Group Volunteer Opportunities
There are a variety of ways to get your group involved volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County. We work with interested volunteer groups of various sizes. Habitat build days are Tuesday through Saturday each week, and a full day commitment from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. is required. No previous construction experience is needed, just a willingness to learn! We provide the safety equipment, tools, materials and supervision. We ask volunteers to bring their own water bottles and lunches.
***When planning on scheduling a volunteer day, please think about our Team Build Sponsorship package (however this is NOT a requirement, only strongly encouraged, but we understand not everyone has this capability). If you are able and choose sponsorship of the Team Build program, this will help us continue to build homes for the working families of New Castle County. Your support will also allow us to continue offering a quality, exciting, unique volunteer experience for the people of New Castle County. Without generous contributions there is no construction, and without construction, no volunteer opportunities. Please consider a contribution of $2,500 to allow us to cover our expenses for the day, which include: property supervision, materials, tools, equipment and insurance for a group of 10-15 people. Building homes can be an expensive proposition.
The Collegiate Challenge is a year-round alternative break program constructed by Habitat for Humanity to support home improvement and building communities. This program creates volunteer opportunities for students involved in youth groups, high schools, churches, colleges and universities to spend their break building houses and forming a lifelong connection with Habitat for Humanity affiliates. Since 1989, Habitat for Humanity has engaged thousands of youth annually for community service and home renovation. The Collegiate Challenge was designed as an alternative for youth to spend their vacation breaks being helpful to those in need, but more importantly, having a lot of fun! During this volunteer program, students are given the chance to build home improvement skills, build connections with new people and make a real difference in Habitat for Humanity’s work of eliminating substandard housing. In 2013, Habitat for Humanity New Castle County hosted 19 Collegiate Challenge volunteer groups across the northeast region. If you are interested in learning more about the Collegiate Challenge youth program, please visit Habitat for Humanity International or the @HabitatYouth Twitter page for Habitat for Humanity Youth Program updates.
Founded in 1994, AmeriCorps has worked with more than 80,000 Americans per year with schools, non-profits, public agencies, and community-based groups across the country. As a nation-wide program, AmeriCorps offers individuals volunteer opportunities for one year with a local non-profit organization. AmeriCorps works with Habitat for Humanity New Castle County to support service positions that help Habitat meet its housing needs, operate more efficiently and effectively, serve more families, and support Habitat for Humanity ReStore. AmeriCorps members who work with the New Castle County affiliate office may receive a stipend and other benefits in return for their community service and expertise. To learn more about volunteer opportunities with AmeriCorps in our affiliate, please contact Maritza Martinez, Volunteer Coordinator, at (302) 652-0365 x 110.
Lutheran Volunteer Corps
The Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) is a national volunteer service program for people who would like to explore their spirituality while working toward social justice. LVC is a recognized as a social ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and is on a mission to form and strengthen alliances among people of many colors and communities, and intentionally dismantling racism in our organization, the church, and society. Habitat for Humanity New Castle County has been a member of the Lutheran Volunteer Corps since 2007 and enjoys working with all people to encourage volunteers, supporters and staff members to practice equality for all while working toward home improvement, building communities, increasing peace with justice and living simply and sustainability. To inquire about volunteer opportunities with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps at our Habitat for Humanity affiliate office, please call (302) 652-0365 ext. 110.
Local Congregations: Be a Host!
Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County hosts college and high school groups from all across the Mid-Atlantic who spend a week volunteering at Habitat. We are looking for a church, synagogue, or congregation that can help us house (provide multiple rooms to sleep in) and access to the kitchen (they cook all their own meals). If your group is interested in coming out for a build day, we will schedule you one for being a host.
Important Volunteer Information
Under 16 years old: Due to Habitat for Humanity policies, no one under the age of 16 can be allowed to volunteer on the construction sites or at the ReStore. We can use you in other situations that are not on the active construction sites, such as special events or various other programs. Also, think about being a Habitat advocate, by fundraising for our programs. If you have any questions please call (302) 652-0365 ext. 110. On the day you volunteer, you will need to bring a completed volunteer waiver and sexual harassment paper work. If you are under the age of 18 years of old, please fill out the Youth Insurance Liability Waiver which requires a Parent/Guardian Signature. These forms are only valid for one calendar year. Volunteering with Habitat to satisfy your required court ordered community service requirements? You must complete a Community Service Acknowledgement and Background Check Consent Form in order for us to verify your hours for community service. These forms need to be turned in and reviewed by the Habitat office at least 3 weeks prior to volunteering. If you are volunteering for another type of community service requirement (school, work, social services program, etc.), you must comply with the Community Service Acknowledgement as listed above and you must fill out an hours log to track your volunteer hours. Please call (302) 652-0365 ext. 110 for this paperwork.