Volunteer


IMG_6016Evergreen Habitat for Humanity is a volunteer-driven organization. Habitat volunteers have the unique opportunity to help shape the community in which they live and affect real change in the lives of our family partners. We encourage everyone with compassion and dedication to become a volunteer with Evergreen Habitat. No matter what your skill level, we can match you with opportunities to develop your skills and put your talents into action.

Information for New Volunteers

Information for Returning Volunteers

Information for Group Build

Ways to Get Involved

Help Us Build

By working side-by-side with the family partner, our construction volunteers experience the joy created when a family is able to realize their dream of homeownership. Volunteers are involved in most phases of home construction. Construction volunteers must be over 16 years old.

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Women Build

This group works to engage volunteers of any skill level in the planning, fundraising and building of a healthy and affordable home. Through contributing to this unique program, participants gain skills and confidence in all aspects of a build project while working with a team of committee members, crew leaders, volunteers, and tradeswomen in a supportive, empowering building environment. Committee members commit to one-year of service in this program. Position description available with more details upon request. No experience required but you must be 16 or older to work on the build site.

See full Women Build web page here.

A Brush With Kindness

A Brush With Kindness (ABWK) is our home repair program for low-income homeowners.  Some projects completed through this program have included painting, debris removal and trim repair.  IMG_6015 (1)For ABWK projects, volunteers must be 14 or older.

Construction Site Host or Lunch Provider 

Assist with Sign-In and Orientation at the build site.  Site Host is a less physical option to volunteering on our build site.  General duties include greeting and registering volunteers as they arrive, ensuring all paperwork is completed and assisting with daily onsite orientation. You can also be an important part of a build day by providing lunch for the construction volunteers. This is always a welcome service!

Beyond Construction

Habitat volunteers contribute more than muscle. Evergreen Habitat has many opportunities to make the work we do possible including helping out in the office, staffing events and working independently on special projects. We also have many opportunities for kids and teens to get involved.

Office Support

A great way to contribute to staff objectives – errands, data entry, research, event support and communications. No prior experience necessary – set your own schedule based on your availability and interests.

Committees

With a minimal staff, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity depends on volunteer committees to help with family selection, construction, faith relations, marketing, and development. Each committee meets on a monthly basis. If you’re interested in joining a committee, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 360-737-1759.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors works in partnerships with staff – the Board governs and staff manages the operations. Together they provide leadership and offer each other the support necessary to accomplish the goals of Evergreen Habitat for Humanity. Board Members typically commit to a two- year term – skills in community relations, finance, law, advocacy, banking or fundraising are ideal although all interested candidates are welcome to apply.

Internships

An internship at Evergreen Habitat is ideal for volunteers of any age looking to gain skills in nonprofit administration. Interns are able to assist the affiliate with more in-depth projects that require training or are invited to conduct large creative projects. As an intern you will commit to 60 hours of serve conducted over 10 (or less) weeks. Your time can be spent on the build site assisting in construction as well as in the office assisting staff with general office administration. This position is supervised by the Development Director and an orientation interview is required for interested candidates.

Raising the Roof Breakfast Event Aid

This large annual benefit event is scheduled for Wednesday, September 20 at the Vancouver Hilton. Volunteers can support this event in different ways at any time of the year. We are expecting 600 guests and volunteers interested in helping grow our audience are welcome to assist. An event aid will help with general event errands, recruiting guests, and database administration.

Faith Relations Team

The Faith Relations Team is a subcommittee of the Development Committee engaged in fostering relationships with church administrative staff and members. Through this Team, faith community relations with Evergreen Habitat will be reinvigorated, expanded and maintained. The Team will conduct fundraising efforts with faith groups in consultation with the Development Director. This Team also supports event planning and coordination for faith group gatherings Habitat is hosting or invited to. Members commit to one year of service and are assigned 5-6 churches to communicate with.

Land Selection

Although this group does not meet regularly consider joining the conversation if you have expertise in real estate, land development and/or civil engineering. Led by executive Director Josh Townsley, the Land Selection Committee comes together when Habitat has acquired enough funding for property acquisition, and land parcels have been identified for discussion. The committee reviews such issues as zoning and engineering.

AmeriCorps

There are many opportunities to serve with Habitat for Humanity through this program.  Known as the ‘domestic Peace Corps’, AmeriCorps is a U.S. federal government program that began in 1993.  AmeriCorps members are community volunteers who dedicate themselves to completing a year of service helping to meet critical community needs through work in nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based and community organizations. AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance and after-service benefits.

ReStores

972274_650012745015442_1596680978_nReStore volunteers have a lot of roles to fill– from providing helpful customer service to creating DIY projects and displays, to painting store signs and organizing stock. We’ll assess your natural abilities to find a place where you’ll fit in and a role that interests you.

If you already have experience working at a store–or working with a team– we’ll find you a spot where your skills are most needed. We love that you’ve been around the block a few times. Sharing your skills will helps inspire new ideas and helps our stores run smoothly. We know what you’ve learned will help us in our mission to sell donated reusable building materials, appliances and furniture to raise money for Habitat for Humanity.