There are many ways to get involved – from building new homes and weatherizing existing ones, to helping at the ReStore and working behind the scenes on our committees.
Volunteers at our construction sites work side-by-side with a crew leader and our partner family, helping with all aspects of home building and experiencing the joy created when a family realizes the dream of home ownership.
No experience is necessary – there are many tasks that require only a willingness to learn and work with others – but if you have it, great! All volunteers on the construction site must be 16 years of age or older. Ask us about special WomenBuild opportunities, Church and Corporate Builds, and Students Serve! Days.
Home Weatherization Initiative
Many families who have made the leap to home ownership still struggle to heat and maintain their homes. Our weatherization program provides cost-effective air sealing measures to low-income households and educates families on energy efficiency. These short-term projects make a big difference in a family’s life – and heating costs. No experience is necessary – you will be shown what to do by the Team Leader.
Sales help fund MHFH programs. Volunteers help with all aspects of running the store – picking up donated merchandise, cleaning and pricing items, and helping customers. The ReStore is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm, but some of the volunteer opportunities can occur at other times.
The Publicity Committee publishes periodic newsletters, maintains this website, communicates with the media, and manages the public image of Midcoast Habitat for Humanity. This committee needs people with writing skills, computer skills, printing equipment, or photography experience.
Faith communities provide a great deal of support to Midcoast Habitat, and the Faith Relations Committee develops and nurtures covenant partnerships with local congregations. Members of this committee should be willing to approach their own congregations as well as those of other faith communities to explain the mission of Midcoast Habitat and to solicit support.
The Development Committee implements the fundraising policies and goals of the Board of Directors by developing a strategic plan for soliciting donations of money, materials, and professional services. The committee works closely with prospective donors, who must be informed about the work of Midcoast Habitat before they are willing to invest. Development efforts are multi-faceted and include public campaigns, partnerships with local businesses, and special fundraising events.
The Acquisition Committee identifies and evaluates potential building sites and renovation projects for Midcoast Habitat homes and works closely with individuals and municipalities to solicit donations of land and possible homes. This committee needs people with flexible schedules and experience in real estate, construction, and affordable housing.
The Building Committee acts as the general contractor for Midcoast Habitat construction projects. The committee oversees all phases of construction, working with the Executive Director and Construction Supervisor on scheduling, materials procurement, and coordination of volunteer and professional labor. Members do not have to be construction professionals, but construction experience is desirable.
This committee evaluates applications for Midcoast Habitat houses, selects Partner Families (with the approval of the Board of Directors), and serves as a liaison between families and Midcoast Habitat. Choosing a Partner Family is a multistep process that must be fair, objective, and nondiscriminatory. This committee visits with prospective families to evaluate their current needs, and then works with partner families on tasks, such as budgeting, to ensure their success as homeowners. Family Selection & Support also plans home dedications and periodic Partner Family events.
This committee plans events and build times to support Habitat for Humanity International’s WomenBuild program. Any women with a desire to see MHFH grow and to help engage more women in this effort are invited to participate!
If you are registering to volunteer with Midcoast Habitat, we ask that you watch the HFHI safety video provided. This will give you an idea of what to expect on site and the importance of safety as part of the work we do.