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every
volunteer

can help families build strength, stability and independence

Because of the COVID pandemic, we need to limit the number of volunteers at our project locations. Unfortunately at this time, we are not able to bring on new volunteers. However, if you want to stay connected with Habitat and receive updates on future volunteer opportunities, sign up to receive our monthly volunteer e-newsletter.  Return to the homepage to sign up.

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We have a variety of volunteer opportunities at Habitat for Humanity and are certain that we can find something that is just right for you.

WHY VOLUNTEER WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY?
Your skills can help our organization provide affordable housing solutions for deserving families in the community.

WHAT VOLUNTEER ROLES ARE AVAILABLE?

  • Construction – new, rehab, home repair
  • Site Support Host – be the host at a Habitat construction site (AM only)
  • Meal Donor – prepare and serve lunch to a crew of approximately 8-20; snack donations are also needed occasionally
  • ReStore– cashier, floor/customer service, back room, deconstruction, donation driving crew, greeter, office
  • Rock the Block – painting, landscaping, cleaning, light construction, community projects
  • Logistics and Warehouse – help with inventory, tool trailer organization, prep construction sites, etc.
  • Office – data entry, prepare build schedules, thank you letters and more
  • Speakers Bureau – staff local fairs or speak at events to spread the word about Habitat
  • Special Events & Behind-the-Scenes – this will vary but could include committee work, class facilitating and more
  • Senior Crew – our core group of regular volunteers who fill in all roles listed above (you do not need to be retired to join – see below for more info)

No experience is needed to volunteer. We will teach you everything you need to know!

New to Habitat? Watch our online volunteer orientation before you start!

What is the Senior Crew?

The Senior Crew is a group of individuals who give their time to Habitat on a regularly scheduled basis. While the majority of the members are retired, we have plenty of members who are not but simply have the time and heart to volunteer on a regular basis.  

Members receive priority scheduling, extensive communication and specialized training.  Perks include free Senior Crew clothing, name tags, social activities and more! For more information on joining Senior Crew, contact Jodi Isom at (920) 967-8882 or via email at Jodii@FoxCitiesHabitat.org

Are you already a Senior Crew member and need a little help with our VolunteerHub software? Check the video below for helpful hints in signing yourself up for shifts. Remember, you can pause at any time!

 

Individuals

Because of the COVID pandemic, we need to limit the number of volunteers at our project locations. Unfortunately at this time, we are not able to bring on new volunteers. However, if you want to stay connected with Habitat and receive updates on future volunteer opportunities, sign up to receive our monthly volunteer e-newsletter. Return to the homepage to sign up.

Groups

Existing Home Sponsors

If your organization is financially supporting Habitat through partial or full home sponsorship, we reserve opportunities for your volunteers. The Volunteer Services Department will contact you with information including team specific volunteer sign-up pages and links for volunteer spots reserved for your group. 

Is your organization interested in learning more about a partial or full financial home sponsorship with Habitat? Contact Development Director, Amy McGowan, at (920) 967-8883 or via email at AmyM@foxcitieshabitat.org for more information.

 

General Group Opportunities

Unfortunately we are not able to schedule volunteer groups at this time. However, if you’d like to be put on our waiting list and contacted when group opportunities are again available for construction, contact Jodie Tiede at jodiet@foxcitieshabitat.org

Minors Age 14-17

Because of the COVID pandemic, we need to limit the number of volunteers at our project locations. Unfortunately at this time, we are not able to bring on new volunteers. However, if you want to stay connected with Habitat and receive updates on future volunteer opportunities, sign up to receive our monthly volunteer e-newsletter. Return to the homepage to sign up.

 

AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps is a national service program supported by the U.S. federal government, foundations, corporations, and other donors engaging adults in public service work with a goal of “helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.”

Members commit to full-time or part-time positions offered by a network of nonprofit community organizations and public agency, to fulfill assignments in the fields of education, public safety, health care, and environmental protection. The program is often seen as a domestic Peace Corps. It employs more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year.

AmeriCorps Opportunities

Deconstruction Program – Position Available 
For more information about this position, go to our Careers page here.

Court-Ordered Community Service

 

Unfortunately, the ReStores are not able to schedule community service hours at this time due to the pandemic. However, if you would like to be put on our waiting list and contacted when community service opportunities are again available at the ReStores, please contact Amy Christensen at AmyC@foxcitieshabitat.org.

 

 

Walt & Kathleen Mattingly

 

Recently ReStore developed a new Volunteer Position giving Volunteers an opportunity to work from home. This position is answering the ReStore phone line directly from an app on their cell phone. How great is that?!? This new position has helped alleviate the stress our staff feels about missing a phone call, which is very easy to do with the amount of phone calls that come in and helps to keep them interacting with instore customers, Volunteers, and staff. Another great perk that this offers is a better customer experience. Having the time the customer needs and directing them to the appropriate person, we have heard so many times how nice it is to get a human on the other end of the phone.

When we developed this position, we were asked who we could see sliding into this role to test the waters. I knew immediately that Walt and Kathleen were our people. After a virtual training and how to with a few of the key staff, they hit the ground running!

Recently, Walt and Kathleen were off for a couple of weeks, and let me tell you…WE ALL MISSED THEM! The impact they are making is tremendous!

Walt and Kathleen have been Volunteering with us for a little over two years now and we hope that this new journey during this time of so many new things, is one that keeps them around for many, many more.

I asked them why they chose to take on this new position and how they feel about it, here is what they had to say.

“We missed volunteering at ReStore. We both enjoy working with others and helping folks solve problems. Not much problem solving in this, but we do enjoy having conversations with folks. It helps break the isolation and gives structure to our week. Sometimes, both of us are answering the phone at the same time. Other times, one of us answers the phone while the other one works on some unrelated task.

Answering the phones gives us a chance to advocate for ReStore. Some folks just want to know what hours we are open. Others have lost a member of their family or are moving and need to clear a lot of items out of the residence quickly. In the later case, we help them sort through what we will and will not take and make suggestions on where they can take the rest so as to limit what goes in the trash. We have tried to provide some moral support in these trying times and have had some interesting conversations with folks.

The bottom line is we feel like we are helping others, through Habitat as well as the folks we talk to, and the callers are in turn helping us keep connected beyond reading the news.”

Walt and Kathleen, we are all so happy that you decided to give this a try! And we are so happy to hear it is benefiting both of you during these trying times.

Thank you both for being the dedicated people that we at Habitat call family. Another example of how we truly have the BEST Volunteers in the world!

Senior Crew Spotlight – Wayne Wegner

This month’s volunteer spotlight is on Wayne Wegner.  Wayne is part of our Class of 2017 construction senior crew group.  That means he joined us that year and took our winter training.  Since then, Wayne has been volunteering for all aspects of construction.  He’s a wonderful volunteer and we value all that he’s been able to contribute!  Thank you wayne for your service to Habitat and for caring about our mission to provide affordable housing in the Fox Cities!

This Week on Amy’s Avenue…

Saying good bye to a dear friend

 

It is with a sad heart that I share the passing of sweet and kind Senior Crew Volunteer Herman Tollenaar.

Herman was battling cancer and is surely in a better place now, but this kind-hearted soul touched the lives of so many that walked into the ReStore. Prior to working at the ReStore, Herman volunteered with Construction. Habitat Construction Supervisor Kevin G said he just loved this man.

Before I was set to interview for ReStore, I took a visit to the West store as I had not ever been there, Herman was greeting that day. I remember telling Jodi Isom and Amy Ristow how impressed I was by this man. The minute I walked through the doors of ReStore, his bright, contagious smile lit up the building, he gave his famous ReStore wave and the most genuine welcome I’ve ever received. And let me tell you, this man knew just the right words to say to customers to engage them from the minute they entered. He was adored by all that met him.

Herman, you will be dearly missed and never forgotten. I am sure you will be there to greet many others when it is their time to go home, how lucky they will be to see your smile.

Sincerely,

Amy C.

 

Stay Tuned…

We’ll be adding volunteer role descriptions here soon! 

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