Long-term volunteers with Habitat for Humanity help struggling Habitat affiliates in their mission to eliminate substandard housing in over 100 communities in twenty-six different states. Volunteers work to make these affiliates more efficient and effective by maximizing existing volunteers, increasing capacity for new volunteers and most importantly, meeting the housing needs of the host community by building more houses for low-income families. Habitat’s long-term volunteers are coordinated through AmeriCorps’ Direct Service program. Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps volunteers gain leadership and construction skills in a process of personal development.
Habitat volunteers can serve for ten months, five months, or three months. Applications are accepted throughout the year and vary by the specific community to which you are applying. Positions can be found on the AmeriCorps’ website, but are probably easier to find on the Habitat Specific website. The ten month program runs September through July. Volunteers are responsible for securing their own housing.