Staff a Table at Local Events

Staff a Table at Local Events

Volunteers are needed 3-4 times per year to help staff a table with Habitat information on and to talk with interested individuals.  Tables are usually set up at Volunteer Fairs (at colleges, businesses, or the Public Library), at churches, or at Home Shows.  The brochures and display materials will be provided.  Volunteers will be trained in how to share information about CMHFH and about volunteer opportunities.

If interested, contact the volunteer manager at 320-248-8256.

Ride your bike in the Habitat 500

About

The Habitat 500 is a bicycle ride (not a race) and fundraiser that covers 500 miles over the course of 7 days (an average of 71 miles per day).  Each rider raises funds from family, friends, businesses, and church groups and designates the Habitat for Humanity affiliates they wish to support (both locally and around the world). Participation is limited to 135 riders. Each rider is required to raise a minimum of $1,000.

Click here to sign up or get more information!

Or contact Kris Lehman at the CMHFH office.

Family Services – Family Selection Committee

Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity is seeking community members to be on the Family Selection Committee. Family Selection Committee Members are responsible for reviewing applications using our three objective selection criteria: need, ability to pay and willingness to partner. As part of the application review, members may conduct a home visit to an applicant to obtain further information regarding the family’s level of need.

Training

Family Selection Committee Members are trained how to review applications and conduct home visits.

Commitment

  • Remain active a minimum of two years.  This will consist of a total of 2-4 selection cycles.
  • Attend committee meetings to review applications (one meeting per cycle, with additional communication via phone and email).
  • Conduct home visits as assigned.
  • Maintaining the confidentiality of applicant information.

Qualifications

Note:  These are all items that volunteers will be trained in:

  • Understanding of the Habitat for Humanity mission.
  • Knowledge of the board-approved selection process, its criteria and other selection requirements.
  • Understanding of the challenges low-income families face.
  • Ability to objectively participate in the decision-making process.
  • Acting in a non-discriminatory manner as specified by the Fair Housing/Fair Credit laws.

Interested?

Contact the homeowner services director at (320) 248-7812.

Meal Preparation/Baking

Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers to donate baked cookies or goodies and deliver them to the office at various times throughout the year for wall raisings, dedications, and other special events.  Volunteers are also needed to bake cookies as way to appreciate volunteers on construction sites.

Responsibilities

When called or e-mailed by the volunteer manager, Meal Preparation/Baking volunteers bring several dozen cookies or food to the office and/or construction sites.

Volunteer Impact

Opportunity to help recognize volunteers in multiple ways such as providing cookies for meetings or preparing lunch for volunteers on worksites.

Skills

Cooking wonderful food or baking delicious cookies and bars.

Time Commitment

Volunteers can give as frequently as they wish.

To Sign Up

Contact the volunteer manager at (320) 248-8256

Office Cleaning

General Summary:

Volunteers are needed to do cleaning at the Habitat for Humanity office.

Duties:

A complete checklist of cleaning tasks is provided for the volunteer.  Tasks include vacuuming, cleaning a small kitchenette, cleaning two bathrooms, dusting, sweeping, mopping, taking out trash and recycling, etc.

Time Commitment:

Cleaning in the office needs to be done once a week.  Volunteers need to commit to volunteering regularly.  The cleaning needs to be done during regular business hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm.  If this time frame doesn’t work for the volunteer, special arrangements can be made.  The cleaning takes 2 hours.

Training and Supervision:

Onsite training and supervision will be conducted by the Volunteer Manager or the Administration staff upon beginning the position.

To Volunteer:

Contact the volunteer manager at (320) 248-8256.

Office – Database Organization

Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity uses volunteers to enter donor and volunteer information into our database, Raiser’s Edge.

Expectations

Data entry organization volunteers will work with confidential and sensitive information so professional discretion is expected.

Volunteer Impact

Data entry organization volunteers help save our staff time and keep Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity’s office operating efficiently. This also allows us to use more of our funds to house low-income families.

Skills

A familiarity with computer databases, an attention to detail, and keyboarding skills. Office experience is a plus, but not required.

Time Commitment

Is flexible but once a week commitment for 3 hours is preferred. We also prefer that volunteers commit to doing a total of 20 hours or more, which is flexible and can be scheduled to fit their and the office’s schedules.

Training and Supervision

Provided by the volunteer manager.

To Sign Up

Contact the Volunteer Manager at (320) 248-8256

Office – Front Desk

Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity uses volunteers to sit at our front desk to answer the phone and greet incoming visitors.

Responsibilities

  • Answering the phone and directing calls.
  • Greeting incoming visitors and notifying staff.
  • Giving resource information to persons interested in volunteering or homeownership, or in need of housing that we are unable to provide.

Optional Responsibilities

If a volunteer has the desire and abilities, the Front Desk Volunteer can also do data entry and office tasks (such as mailings) during the quiet moments of the day, but this is not required.  Otherwise, the Front Desk Volunteer is welcome to bring a book or a small project to do at the desk.

Volunteer Impact

Front Desk Volunteers have the unique and valuable opportunity to experience many aspects of Habitat’s organization. The biggest impact Front Desk Volunteers make is the amount of time they save our staff by playing a vital role in being the person of first-contact.  The volunteer may be the first person a potential homebuyer, volunteer, or donor speaks with!

Skills

  • Polite and courteous phone and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to follow simple instructions.
  • Neat appearance and professional behavior.

Time Commitment

  • Commit to twelve shifts or more.  We prefer volunteers that will be ongoing so that volunteers do not need to be re-trained.  These shifts can be at your own pace (i.e. multiple times a week, once a week, or once every other week).
  • Shift times are 8:30am – 12:30pm and 12:30pm – 4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Training and Supervision

On-site training and assistance is provided by an Administrative Assistant.

To Sign Up

Contact the Volunteer Manager at (320) 248-8256 to indicate your interest and discuss the role.

Lawn Mowing or Snow Shoveling

Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers to mow lawns or shovel snow on properties that Habitat owns.  The types and locations of properties vary.  Some are foreclosed homes that Habitat has acquired and has not yet done construction on.  Some properties are empty lots waiting for construction.  Other types include Habitat’s office and ReStore.  Locations are in the 4 county area – Stearns, Sherburne, Wright, and Benton.

Time Commitment

The time is flexible to the volunteer’s schedule.  Volunteers are asked to “adopt” a property and mow it weekly (or as needed) throughout the summer months, or shovel at the “adopted” property when it snows throughout the winter months.  Volunteers can choose if they want to mow, or shovel, or both.  Volunteers also have the option to be on a “waiting list” to fill in for other volunteers when they are out of town.

Requirements

Volunteers use their own mower or shovel and provide their own transportation to and from the site.

Age Requirement

Volunteers must be at least 14 years old or older.

To Sign Up

Contact the Volunteer Manager at (320) 248-8256 for more details and site locations.

Site Hosting/Greeting

Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity uses volunteer labor to build homes with low-income families. A Construction Site Host is responsible for registration and greeting of Construction Volunteers daily during the 16-week build at one location.

Skills

Must share the mission of Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity and have a wonderful attitude! They should also be prompt, willing to make phone calls to volunteers, help educate volunteers of the mission of Habitat for Humanity, and be in contact with Volunteer Manager.

Time Commitment

Our residential build generally takes 16 weeks from the start of the project to home completion. Volunteers should make a commitment of that time frame for one particular location of a project site. The workday runs from 8:00 am – noon and 12:30 pm-4:30 pm. For each day that there are volunteers on the site, you will be needed for 30 minutes at 7:45 am and 12:15 pm to sign in volunteers.

Training and Supervision

Under the supervision of the Volunteer Manager.

To Sign Up

Contact the Volunteer Manager at (320) 248-8256

Construction – Site Supervisor

Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity uses volunteer labor to build homes with low-income families. The Site Supervisor is someone who is skilled in construction and leads a small group of volunteers at the construction site.  It is the responsibility of the Site Supervisor to teach the volunteers the skills needed to do the tasks for the day and to oversee them to ensure their safety and to make sure quality work is being done.

Skills and Requirements

  • Must believe in the mission of Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity
  • 5+ years experience in construction.  Professional experience is preferred.
  • Ability to work with and teach volunteers.
  • Ability to multi-task and set priorities.
  • Motivated self-starter.
  • Commitment to safe work practices.
  • Daily inspect the site for hazards and take immediate corrective action.
  • Provide appropriate safety instructions during daily volunteer sign-in.

Age Requirements

Must be 21 years of age and older.

Time Commitment

Site Supervisors can be on a team with other skilled volunteers to oversee an entire 16-week build project, or Site Supervisors can be on a waiting list to be contacted as needs arise and as your schedule allows. The workday runs from 8:00 am – noon and 1:00 pm-5:00 pm. Site Supervisors are expected to be on-site for a full day.

Training and Supervision

Construction training and guidance will occur under the supervision of the Construction Manager.  Scheduling is coordinated by the Volunteer Manager.

To Apply

Contact the Volunteer Manager at 320-248-8256 for more details.  Before starting the volunteer position, you will be interviewed by the Construction Manager.