Mission Statement: Habitat for Humanity of South Central Minnesota is a non-profit, Christian housing ministry dedicated to building simple, decent and affordable housing with and for families in need.
Kelli Hanson, Volunteer Coordinator
Why Volunteer At Habitat For Humanity of South Central MN?• Benefit your career. Employers are more likely to hire a candidate with volunteer experience over an equally qualified candidate without volunteer experience.
• Build your resume: develop new job skills, hone previous qualifications, explore career possibilities without risk, and challenge yourself; all while volunteering for a great cause.
• Make new friends, build personal and professional contacts, develop communication skills, and share your skills with others.
• Studies show folks who volunteer live longer and hold higher levels of self-confidence. By making a difference, having fun, and feeling appreciated it’s clear to see why this finding is true.
• By becoming a regular volunteer at Habitat for Humanity of South Central MN you open up a world of professional possibilities. Staff are happy to write recommendations letters, provide references, and projects to call your own. Recently, several long-term Habitat for Humanity of SCMN volunteers looking to gain “real-world experience” obtained well-paying jobs.
Habitat Volunteer Opportunities:
General Construction VolunteerConstruction volunteers work at Habitat for Humanity house construction sites performing a variety of skilled and unskilled tasks including: framing, insulating, painting, siding, tiling and more. Construction work is conducted year-round, Monday-Friday 9:00 am-3:00 pm, both outdoors and indoors. Volunteers are guided by our professional staff who teach the necessary skills to finish the job well. Volunteering at the job site is a great way to keep your body and mind sharp by combining physical work with problem solving skills. Enjoy the vast variety of tasks construction work offers while experiencing the satisfaction of building a home for a family in need from the ground up.
Requirements• 18 years of age or older
• Be able to physically perform duties such as lifting up to 20 lbs.
• Ability to read and write
• Have a great attitude and a willingness to learn
Volunteer Crew LeaderHabitat Crew Leaders are volunteers who provide leadership for semi-skilled or unskilled volunteer crews at the job site. Crew Leaders demonstrate tasks, maintain building code standards, monitor safety, and ensure on-site volunteers leave with a satisfying experience. Crew Leaders need not be experts, but must hold general construction skills and the ability to teach and lead volunteers.
• Knowledgeable of construction methods and safety
• Patience to teach others and answer questions
• Willingness to lead small groups on tasks, including Habitat Homeowners
• Punctual and willing to arrive 30 minutes before groups volunteers to prepare for daily tasks
• Willingness to strive for excellence--not perfection
• Some experience reading and understanding house plans
• General knowledge of hand and power tools and their usage
Office VolunteerThe office volunteer position is housed in our Affiliate office located at 1751 Bassett Dr. in Mankato. Office volunteers perform a wide range of administrative tasks to support Habitat’s non-profit operational responsibilities. Duties may include filing, preparing mailings, grant writing, creating brochures/informational fliers, website updates, and data entry. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
• Ability to display professionalism and maintain confidentiality
• Ability to work independently yet seek guidance from staff when necessary
• Hold basic computer skills
• Ability to communicate effectively
• Desire for personal growth
Preferred Skills:• Knowledge in using Adobe Creative Suites, Xcel, Word, Power Point
Habitat for Humanity of South Central MN
Building/Land Acquisition Committee:The Construction/ Land Acquisition committee is responsible for implementing the construction and site activity of Habitat homes. The committee proposes guidelines to the Board of Directors for the type of construction work the Affiliate completes. The committee specifically implements Habitat House design criteria, solicits materials, creates house plans, follows energy-efficiency guidelines, and budgets house cost estimates. The committee also meets the need of the Affiliate by purchasing or seeking donated land as assigned by the Board of Directors.
Requirements:• A background in one of the following areas: carpentry, general contracting, architectural engineering, electrical, or plumbing trades.
• Meet monthly at a time appointed by the chairperson and Construction Manager
Family Support Committee:The goal of the Family Support committee is to help families break the poverty cycle. The committee welcomes new families into the Habitat family by providing a support system, educational opportunities, and a forum for discussion regarding Habitat homeownership. The committee is the primary liaison between the Affiliate Board and the homeowner families which enables Habitat to learn from Habitat homeowners and improve its program accordingly.
Requirements:• Exceptional "social/people" skills
• Willingness to learn: HFHSCMN sweat equity policy, HFHI House Design Criteria, home closing process,
• Ability to honor confidentiality and to meet monthly
Resource Development Committee/Public Relations/Fundraising Committee:The purpose of the Resource Development committee is to work in partnership with the Affiliate Board of Directors to ensure the fiscal needs of the Affiliate are met. The committee is responsible for approaching potential and past donors, and asks for gifts and in-kind donations which include: material, labor, property or support on behalf of HFHSCMN. The committee also assumes leadership in implementing public relations and fund-raising policies and goals of the Board of Directors. Public relations duties include writing for newsletters, newspapers, advertising for special events, and public speaking. This committee may research and write grants and may also design and implement fundraising events.
Requirements:• “Outside of the box” thinking
• Ability to meet monthly
• Skill in public speaking/ approachable nature
Family Selection CommitteeThe Family Selection Committee works to carry out Habitat for Humanity of South Central MN Affiliate Board of Directors vision by selecting qualifying families in need of decent, safe, affordable housing in the five county service area. The Family Selection committee members implement fair processes and policies for selecting families in greatest need. The committee will meet monthly to determine families one year in advance of the building process in accordance to the Affiliate Board of Director’s goals.
Requirements:• Ability to honor confidentiality
• A background/understanding of finances
• A compassionate “people-person”