Life Changers Needed

Posting ID : A1068536938
Date Posted : 2015-08-19
Category : Volunteers

Want to hammer things and help a low-income family afford a home? Come join Skagit Habitat for Humanity in Mount Vernon, where we are building homes alongside hard-working community members. No construction experience necessary; we'll teach you! We build Thursday-Saturday, 9-4pm. Come when you can! Jobs for all ages (16 and older) and ability levels are available. Individuals and groups welcome. Respond to this post to get started.

HOW TO APPLY: (1) Respond to this post. The Volunteer Coordinator will contact you, provide you with an application, and set up a volunteer orientation appointment at the SHFH Store in Mount Vernon.
(2) Attend orientation and hand in application. Watch safety videos and sign liability waiver.
(3) Arrange to meet Volunteer Coordinator at the construction site for brief orientation and introduction to the crew.
(4) Have fun!

VOLUNTEER TYPE: No construction experience is necessary; we'll teach you! Volunteers at the worksite range in age from 16 to 90+ and include all experience levels. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, and teens younger than 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.

DESCRIPTION: Skagit Habitat for Humanity builds homes for low-income families. In addition to paying a no-interest mortgage, Partner Families must spend 500 hours of their time building their homes, working alongside volunteers. Construction volunteers complete a majority of the work for each house built by Skagit Habitat for Humanity, helping to keep mortgages affordable. Construction volunteers can be anyone (older than 16) who wants to help hard-working, low-income families afford their own home.

Construction volunteers may help in all stages of homebuilding: foundation work, framing, insulation, drywall, cabinet and appliance installation, flooring, painting and finish work, and landscaping. Roofing, plumbing, and electrical work are generally completed by professionals.

LOCATION AND TIME COMMITMENT: The construction site is on Summerlynd Drive in Mount Vernon by the Skagit County Fairgrounds. A map will be provided for you at the orientation.
Build times are Thursday, Friday and Saturdays from 9 am to 4 pm. Volunteers can come whenever works for them.

VOLUNTEER BENEFITS: Volunteers get to help change the lives of low-income families. Homeownership has been shown to improve the educational outcomes of children and the financial futures of entire families. Volunteers also get to develop skills they can use in their own homes and work with other volunteers who are experts in their fields.

COMMUNITY NEED MET: SHFH works to provide safe and affordable housing for low-income Skagit County residents. 40% of Skagit County residents cannot afford the home they currently occupy; this means they're at risk of losing their homes and ending up in unsafe conditions. Our Partner Families save about $275/month paying their mortgage vs. the average 2-bedroom apartment in Skagit County. This savings allows them to improve their quality of life and invest in their futures.


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