Volunteer

Terry, Paul, Dick, Bob, Bob, Chuck, Bob, Bob, Mark, Alan, Helen, David & Marilyn, Mark, Billings Clinic Volunteer Team, Lee.

Habitat for Humanity is a Volunteer driven organization operated by a Board of Directors, standing committees, an Executive Director, a Construction Supervisor, a Volunteer Coordinator, a Development Director, a Family Support Specialist and ReStore Staff.

Volunteers are essential to the success of Habitat for Humanity and we greatly appreciate their partnership with us. Together our goal is to eliminate poverty housing in Yellowstone County.

More than 25,000 volunteer hours are worked each year at Habitat for Humanity Mid-Yellowstone Valley, between the construction site, the ReStore and the office.

No prior experience is required to volunteer, just interest and enthusiasm. In addition to construction work, there are various committees that need volunteers, plus there is always work to be done in the office and at the ReStore. Put your talents to work at Habitat. View the list of volunteer opportunities that are available then either complete form and email to volcoord@billingshabitat.org or print, complete, and mail our volunteer form to:

Habitat for Humanity Mid – Yellowstone Valley

1617 1st Avenue N Billings, MT 59101

406-652-0960

Volunteering Opportunities

Community and Faith Engagement Committee (CAFE)

This committee develops ongoing relationships with local churches to cultivate support for Habitat. Churches and Habitat form important partnerships, providing church members with the opportunity to put their faith into action. (Meets second Thursday of the month at 12:00 pm in the Habitat office).

Resource Development Committee

This committee is charged with formulating and executing plans to ensure that funding needs of the organization are met; develops and recommends for Board approval an Annual Funding Plan, then works closely with the PR Committee, staff, and Board to ensure goals are achieved. (Meeting time/date to be determined).

B.A.S.H.H. Committee

Building A Stronger Habitat for Humanity (B.A.S.H.H.) is our annual gala fund raiser, which includes a social hour and hors d’oeuvres, dinner, silent and live auctions, live music, and an exciting reverse raffle. A great number of enthusiastic volunteers are necessary to contribute time and creativity in designing and executing a fun evening of raising funds to support our building projects. From the task of planning everything from the decorations and menu, to gathering exciting and unique items for the auctions, to producing publicity pieces and working with the media and the public to promote the event, all are vital pieces of this great puzzle that fall together for one magical evening each spring. Please contact our Development Director to learn more about volunteering for the B.A.S.H.H.

Golf Tournament Committee

Our annual Golf Tournament is a fun way to enjoy a day of fresh air and friendly competition while winning prizes and raising dollars for simple, decent housing in the Yellowstone Valley. Preparation for the tournament depends upon the time and talents contributed by volunteers. Even if you are not a golfer yourself, if you know some avid golfers who would like to enter a team, or some local businesses that would be interested in sponsoring the event or donating prizes, you would be a valuable member of this committee! Other volunteer opportunities include working out arrangements with the golf course and the caterer or manning the registration table and refreshment arrears during the tournament. Please contact our Development Director to learn more about volunteering for the Golf Committee.

Finance Committee

This committee oversees the financial activities of Habitat. They seek ways to attract money and services needed to carry out the mission of Habitat. (Meets last Thursday at 9:00 a.m. at the Habitat Office, 1617 1st Ave. N).

Family Partner Committee

This committee acts as Habitat’s liaison with applicants who qualify for the homebuyer program. They provide prospective home-buyers with a support system by offering education and training to help equip them with the necessary skills to be successful homeowners and neighbors. Partners track and encourage completion of prospective homebuyers’ sweat equity hours. They provide emotional support and act as family advocates. Involves a commitment of 1-2 years and requires volunteers with great communication skills and a sensitivity to the needs of lower income individuals. (Meets third Thursday at 5:15 p.m. at the Habitat Office, 1617 1st Ave. N)

Family Selection Committee

This committee reviews program applications and makes home visits to determine eligibility of Habitat homebuyers. (Meets third Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. at the STEP office, 644 Grand Ave.)

Building Committee

This committee is involved in the planning and building of houses, following the quality standards and defined building policies of Habitat. Provides support and guidance to Habitat’s Construction Superintendent. They also seek and obtain contributions of materials and services. (Meets last Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Habitat Office, 1617 1st Ave. N)

ReStore Volunteers

ReStores are a Habitat for Humanity concept, with over 600 stores in North America. The store is a building materials re-sale store that raises money to help cover our operating expenses and help fund home construction. Gently-used, like-new and new building materials donated from individuals and businesses are sold at a fraction of the “new” price. The store helps others fix up their houses at a price that is affordable. ReStores also keep tons of items out of the landfill! Volunteers are needed as sorters/cleaners/pricers, donation pick-up drivers and unloaders, cashiers (age 18 and up), and sales assistants. We also recruit volunteer groups to help with store projects-this could be a great volunteering opportunity for a club, youth group, college class or more! We would like volunteers who are interested in and capable of working with the public and with a heart for the Habitat mission, “Seeking to put God’s love into action, bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.” Retail experience is not necessary. Enthusiasm and a smile are a must! The ability to do light and/or heavy lifting is beneficial. Opportunities for helping to pick-up donations are also available. Donation pickup times are to be determined. (Store hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed in shifts throughout the day).

Office Volunteers

Volunteers work in the office answering the telephone and making phone calls, greeting visitors, copying and filing. Some volunteers may do data entry on a computer. Office volunteers are often the first contact potential donors, volunteers and families have with Habitat. (Weekdays, flexible shifts)

Construction Volunteers

Skilled and unskilled volunteers are needed to help build houses. Check areas below in which you would be willing to volunteer. (Work is generally done on Saturdays, though some work is done during the week)

Build Floor system

  • lay decking, layout walls

Build Walls:

  • stand exterior walls
  • stand interior walls
  • brace walls
  • prepare for trusses

Windows – Siding & Shingles

  • Install windows, exterior doors
  • Install siding
  • Start shingles

Landscape
Unskilled, willing, strong