Habitat for Humanity’s success relies heavily on our many volunteers. Although most people think of construction work when they think about volunteering for Habitat, the need for volunteers goes well beyond that.
If you are looking to be a part of a charitable organization that is changing the world one home at a time, then we would love to have you join one of our committees.
Please review the purpose of each committee to see if there is a role that fits your skill set and passion. All committees in our Friend communities work with Habitat for Humanity Edmonton to run the program in their respective community. Please click on the committee(s) below to read more.
Fund Development Committee
The fundraising committee oversees the fundraising goals. They connect with people in their community and encourage individuals, service groups, faith groups, and companies to participate in supporting the Habitat build with cash and in-kind gifts (e.g. lumber, shingles, and plumbing work). This committee effectively raises public awareness of Habitat and inspires more people to be involved.
Members of this committee are people who enjoy:
- Financial planning
- Building community relationships
- Approaching business and community leaders for gift-in-kind contributions.
- Cataloging donations or donated items.
- Planning special events.
- Keeping an exciting level of momentum going until the goal is reached!
The construction committee implements construction activities at varying stages of development. These tasks could include anything from framing or painting to landscaping and site clean-up. The committee also ensures that all safety procedures and policies are followed, and they will communicate and report regularly with Habitat for Humanity Edmonton construction and safety staff.
Members of this committee often have background in the following areas:
- General construction labour/trades
- Project leadership and coordination
- Construction site safety
The Volunteer committee identifies and prepares volunteers in order to carry out a Habitat for Humanity build. The committee ensures that the volunteer experience is rewarding, friendly, safe, and productive. Committee members will understand that volunteer safety and volunteer experience must both be shared as a top priority.
Members of this committee are needed to:
- Be able to orientate others through important safety policy and procedures.
- Establish a pool of volunteers.
- Maintain accurate records of all registered and potential volunteers including a record log of number of hours volunteered.
- Consult regularly with all other committees to identify volunteer needs, coordinate recruitment efforts, and communicate information related to volunteer management.
- Assign volunteers to all Habitat projects and committees as required.
- Work with Habitat Edmonton to organize volunteer recognition.
- Coordinate the involvement of Habitat partner families in all volunteering opportunities and special events.
- Assist Habitat Edmonton with the continuous recruitment of members in order to support families on their path to successful home ownership.
Family Services Committee
The Family Services committee works with Habitat Edmonton and families to identify, select and prepare families throughout their home ownership journey. They ensure that the applicant families understand the requirements and policies in place and can be called upon to deliver Habitat Edmonton’s home ownership curriculum. Good judgement and interpersonal skills with respect for privacy of information is necessary.
The roles of the Family Services Committee includes:
- Working with other committee members and groups to identify and recruit families in the community who are willing to partner with Habitat and who are in need of affordable home ownership.
- Assisting families throughout the entire process of becoming homeowners.
- Maintaining records of contacts.
- Work alongside interfaith communities to build relationships that support families on their journey to independence and stability.
- Introducing families to community resources and sharing the experiences of home ownership.
- Introducing families to educational material including financial literacy and home maintenance resource material provided by Habitat Edmonton.