Interfaith Works Project
Habitat for Humanity Edmonton is holding the 6th Annual Interfaith Works Project in conjunction with the Capital Region Interfaith Housing Initiative. The official kick off will be February 23, 2017 and the build will wrap up on April 27, 2017. We invite all faith groups to participate and there are a number of ways you can be involved.
- Sign up your group to volunteer.
- Provide a lunch for a group of volunteers.
How to schedule?
Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator to book your date(s) before setting up your group. Spots can fill up, so you need to secure your date(s) first.
What opportunities are available?
We have construction and ReStore opportunities throughout this period. (ReStore is best for very small groups or individual volunteers)
What if our folks don’t have any tools or safety gear?
We provide you with everything you need, but we ask that you bring your own gloves. Please note that construction requires hard hats, steel toed boots and all volunteers must wear long pants. If you have a religious or cultural clothing requirement that restricts you from doing construction, contact Angela to discuss if ReStore or landscaping is a good fit for you: firstname.lastname@example.org or 780-451-3416 x 223
What are the minimum skills, ability and age required?
– Beginners to tradespeople are welcome
– Must be at least 16 years old. There is no upper age limit.
– Must be able to work independently, have conversational English and the ability to do labour.
What are the shifts?
– Construction: Tuesdays to Saturdays from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
– ReStore: Monday to Saturdays from 8:45 am – 5:00 pm or half days are available
We want to help in another way… what are other options?
– Consider providing a lunch for a build site.
– Donate funds to Habitat.
The Interfaith Works Project is an opportunity for your community to help build homes for hard-working families who would not be able to purchase a home through a traditional mortgage. Families are first-time homeowners and work 500 hours on their homes as their down payment. They will purchase the home from Habitat and pay an interest-free mortgage that is never more than 25 percent of their income.
Here are a few testimonials shared with us by the Anglican Synod Office and All Saints’ Cathedral:
“[Habitat staff’s] good humour and patience with volunteers had a calming effect and helped give a sense of confidence and camaraderie. I was amazed at how much we accomplished during the day, despite our varying skill levels.” ~ Alan
“It was an excellent team-building experience for me being the ‘new kid on the block. I loved getting to know people in a different context. It was also great to meet a few of the other people who were there as a group from Norquest College, newcomers to Canada.” ~ Sharon
“It was cool to learn new skills, while helping families and the organization. It was a lot of fun being able to spend time with my colleagues outside of work.” ~ Rochelle
“I was curious about how the system would work, especially since most of us hadn’t done this type of work before. Everything is so well organized and I’d definitely do it again.” ~ Charis