Volunteers Are Our Most Important Asset
Habitat for Humanity is able to achieve its mission of decent affordable homes for low income families because of the many hours donated by dedicated volunteers. Habitat for Humanity of McHenry County is a volunteer driven organization; from its Officers and Board of Directors to the committee members and weekend builders. Without these dedicated volunteers, our homes would be unattainable by low income families. We depend on volunteers not only to build the houses, but also for every task the organization does to keep financial and legal records, generate newsletters and publicity, support our website, and many more.
Habitat for Humanity of McHenry County volunteers serve in a variety of capacities. Some prefer the sweat and soreness of the construction site while others prefer assisting with administrative duties.
Volunteers can participate in the following ways:
In partnership with the community, we have built 20+ Habitat homes in McHenry County since 1995. Volunteers work under the supervision of trained crew leaders and participate in all phases of the construction process. Tasks may include: framing, trusses, shingles, siding, drywall, painting, and landscaping. No skills or experience with tools or building is required.
Beginning in 2012, we began redirecting building materials from construction projects once destined for landfills to our ReStore- which will support our mission. Volunteers are needed to work as a demolition crew to carefully remove building materials such as cabinets, bathroom fixtures, doors, lighting, and trim work from spaces being renovated by their owners. The volunteer crew is led by a skilled crew leader. No particular skill or experience with tools or renovations is needed.
The ReStore will sell new and gently used building materials and household items to the general public. Volunteers will provide crucial assistance to the ReStore staff and its customers. Duties may include: sorting and pricing donated items, light cleaning, moving and lifting donations, merchandise pick-ups and customer assistance.
Volunteers provide administrative and clerical support to the Habitat office. Duties may include: answering and making phone calls & e-mail, filing, data entry, web support, and miscellaneous duties as needed.
Fundraising / Events
Throughout the year Habitat for Humanity organizes and participates in various fundraisers and events such as Golf Outings, Bowling Fundraisers, and many other events. Volunteers are needed to help plan and implement these events as well as booth duties, solicitation of sponsors, and ticket sales.
Habitat for Humanity of McHenry County operates a variety of professional committees geared toward improving the impact our affiliate makes with its programs and services. Committees include: Finance, ReStore, Building & Site Selection, Family Selection, Fund Development, and Operations. Volunteers are encouraged to attend monthly meetings to discuss current policies/issues and offer solutions/ideas to increase the productivity of the affiliate.