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Volunteers are vital to Habitat's mission. The vast majority of Habitat's work is done by volunteers, either on construction sites or in other areas. You don't need construction experience to volunteer with Habitat, just a willingness to learn.  If you don't know how to do a task, we will train you.

Our new home construction volunteers usually build Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9 to 3 p.m.  New home construction will start July of 2017 in Silverton.

When you volunteer on a construction site, please arrive prepared:

  • Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes.
  • Bring clothing for all weather types. We’re in Oregon—we build in the rain!
  • Bring plenty of water and snacks/lunch.
  • Remember to sign in and sign out.
  • Fill out our volunteer application and waiver HERE. If you don’t have access to a printer, we have extra waivers at the site.

Construction Age Policy: Because we are a construction site, safety is our #1 concern. Our insurance requires that we restrict the activities of volunteers under the age of 18. Below are the highlights of our age policy.

  • Under 16: We do not allow anyone under the age of 16 on the construction site. If you have youth this age interested in helping, we suggest contacting the volunteer coordinator for ideas of things to do off-site.
  • 16–17: Can participate in construction work, but cannot use power tools, do excavation or demolition, or work off the ground (no ladders or roofs). Groups of volunteers in this age range must provide at least one adult supervisor for every four youth volunteers.
  • 18+: No restrictions.

Team Building: Looking for a team-building activity for your work group? Team Build is an opportunity for your employees to partner in a truly significant and meaningful way. It is a great way for your business or organization to receive positive media attention, and build employee morale through demonstrating your company’s commitment to our community. Interested? Contact the Resource Development Director at 503-845-2177 or mfinicle@nwvhfh.org for more information.

Many Opportunities Beyond Construction.

Volunteers contribute more than muscle. Creativity, strategy, and technical skills are among the many invaluable traits volunteers bring to the organization. With a minimal staff, North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity depends upon volunteer committees for support with projects like Homeowner Selection, Public Outreach, and Volunteer Coordination. We also offer opportunities in our Canby and Woodburn ReStores, a volunteer-run building materials recycling center.

You Choose the Time Commitment: As a volunteer for North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity, you can choose to volunteer as little or as often as you would like, from several days a week to once a year. All of these positions are a tremendous help that directly or indirectly result in the construction of simple, decent homes.

Habitat committee members are a vital part of the organization, working directly with affiliate staff and volunteers to help further our mission of building simple, decent, affordable housing. As a committee member, you will attend monthly meetings, interact with individuals and see real change happening as a result of your contribution.

North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity Committees

Land Acquisition: Committee members help identify and evaluate potential properties that might fit our requirements for location, price, zoning, size, etc. These volunteers assist with the land purchase process and act as an advisory team.

Homeowner Selection: Committee members play a vital role in the recruitment and selection of our partner families. Each year, this devoted group of volunteers plan, market and execute the community outreach meetings the public attends to learn about our program. They review financial documents and attend in-home interviews. This is a very hands-on, interactive committee who present final recommendations to the Board of Directors. Committee members are partnered with one or more families after the selection process is complete. The purpose of this vital volunteer/family partnership is to be an advocate and liaison for the family. You work one-on-one with the family to support their progression in meeting all of the requirements, building sweat equity hours, and participating in financial classes. Ideally, once the family purchases a home, this important partnership continues for at least one year to support the family’s transition to home ownership.

Events: Committee members help with event planning, focusing on outreach to sponsors and attendees, as well as ‘day of event’ support for our annual fundraisers: dinner and auction in May, the summer beer passport, Fall Fashion Frenzy in September, Sign-A-Stud in February, and Run for Humanity in October.

Office Volunteers: We are always looking for office volunteers to do data-entry, stuff envelopes, do surveys, or research. If you are looking for something to do, whether it is short-term or long-term, a few hours a day or a several hours a month, we would welcome your help.

Faith Relations: Committee members are dedicated ambassadors from local churches and faith communities in the area. Volunteers work on ways to strategically involve more faith communities in supporting Habitat’s goals of simple, decent, affordable housing for working families. They work with staff providing information on approaching church events, faith builds, outreach/partnership opportunities, and fundraising.

Resource Development: Committee members work to advise and assist in areas of general fundraising, business development, donor outreach, and strategic planning. This is a collaborative and proactive committee where volunteers support North Willamette Valley in recruiting and growing prospective donors and evolving methods of sustainable income streams through planned giving and major gifts. Works with Trustee Advisors.

Habitat Ambassadors: Help us maintain a presence in the community. Volunteers will work as North Willamette Valley Ambassadors at informational booths, attend local trade shows, farmers markets, community events, school fairs, corporate volunteer recruitment events and other outreach activities in the area as needed. Summer is the busiest time of the year.

Interested in volunteering? Call our volunteer coordinator Cayla Catino at 503-845-2164 or email ccatino@nwvhfh.org  today.

Board of Directors: The Board of Directors is the governing body of North Willamette Valley Habitat. All high-level decisions are filtered through this engaged, dedicated group of volunteers. These members understand the mission and importance of Habitat, and work on critical strategic planning to support the organization’s goal of supporting hard-working Marion and Clackamas families achieve the dream of homeownership. As North Willamette Valley Habitat leaders, a financial contribution is expected.

Board members show these qualities: 

  • Unbridled enthusiasm and contagious passion for the mission and vision of Habitat.
  • A reputation for integrity, the ability to keep commitments, and willingness to learn.
  • Representation of a diverse part of the community and ability to influence that community.
  • Ability to dedicate time to work with a committee, and able to encourage others to do so.
  • Enthusiasm about encouraging others to give.
  • Willingness to contribute financial.

The Board of Directors meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at our office in Mt. Angel. To learn more about board service, or to attend a meeting as a guest, contact Executive Director Wendy Patton at 503-845-2205.

ReStore Volunteers provide support to Habitat ReStores in a wide variety of ways. ReStores strive to keep operating costs as low as possible to maximize the amount of money that goes directly to benefit your community, and volunteers are one of the ways to achieve this. Volunteers also help ensure every ReStore is a great experience for donors and shoppers. Our volunteers fill a lot of roles from providing helpful customer service to creating DIY projects and displays, to painting store signs and organizing stock. We’ll assess your natural abilities to find a place where you’ll fit in and a role that interests you. Some of the tasks you can help with: customer service, cashier, product sorting, staging and pricing, stock shelves, merchandise displays, build racking and fixtures, internet and app posting, repurpose ReStore inventory and staff a booth at an outreach event. We have two ReStore locations to volunteer at:

Woodburn ReStore: 245 Young St. Woodburn, OR 97071 (503) 902-0645 or e-mail Mary

Canby ReStore: 411 S Redwood St. Canby, OR 97013 (503) 263-6691 or e-mail Carrie

Store Hours: Monday thru Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.