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Learn Construction Skills as a Habitat for Humanity Volunteer

6/4/2009 4:44:19 PM

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If you want to learn valuable building skills and you enjoying helping others, consider volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. As a volunteer you learn a variety of construction skills by renovating or building houses while helping eliminate poverty and providing decent shelter to everyone.

Read A Fun Way to Learn DIY Skills and Benefit Your Community for more information.

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Jenn Foreman
7/7/2009 9:17:10 AM
My story is similar to Dominic's. I filled out a volunteer application form with general experience in flooring, tiling, plumbing, painting and dropped it into their local store. Never heard back from them. I gave it a month and filled in another form. Same thing - they didn't respond. And at the same time, they were spending money advertising on our local TV asking for volunteers!

Sam George
6/13/2009 11:37:59 AM
I have considered joining a habitat project so I can pick up some skills especially in framing. I can understand that they want specialized people for plumbing and electrical maybe to avoid liability. Anyway, I also wanted to post this amazing dish drainer that I found on a store called Zojila. It is made of stainless steel including the drain board. This is the kind of product that should be used in sustainable housing. No more plastic stuff that gets thrown away and replaced. You can find it at

Kimberly Ellis_3
6/10/2009 8:59:15 PM
I can't speak for your local chapter, but I think that may be a regional thing. Here in Denver, the habitat volunteers do everything from framing and sheetrocking to electrical. I think plumbing is the only thing they contract out on, and that's because they don't have the skilled base to do it. I've gotten my electrical apprenticeship license through my volunteer work at Habitat.

Dominic Ebacher
6/8/2009 10:59:32 AM
Just a note to the wise: I contacted my local habitat group and offered my skills as a volunteer (I've done plumbing and electrical work) and was rebuffed. I was told that habitat only uses outside contractors for their skilled work, and that volunteers are mostly needed for framing and nail pounding. The whole experience turned me off of habitat entirely, when someone with good skills is turned away when they are just trying to help, there is something wrong with the organization. Also, I don't agree with their selection criteria for those receiving housing: as a christian organization they seek to benefit their own, and I feel that giving should be open to everyone. Just some things to consider.

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