Volunteering as a Group Activity
We now have online sign up for all volunteers (individual and group).
If you are scheduling a group, you must contact Ellen McNally, Volunteer Coordinator, at (203) 785-0794 or firstname.lastname@example.org to select a date first. Your volunteers will then be required to register under your group’s name in Volunteer Up.
Every year more than 200 groups representing all segments of our community help to build Habitat homes. A group of people can accomplish a lot on a construction site in one day. Volunteering as a group is a great team building activity and a unique opportunity to make a positive and tangible contribution to the community.
For non-sponsor groups, Habitat construction days are Tuesday through Friday, from 9:00am to 3:30pm, year-round. Please contact Ellen McNally, Habitat Volunteer Coordinator, at email@example.com or (203) 785-0794, x.10 to schedule a date for your group.
Saturdays are reserved for our house sponsor groups or groups willing to make a substantial donation in addition to volunteering. (See below for more information on donating.) We can occasionally accommodate a non-sponsor group on a Saturday if there is a last minute cancellation, but this does not happen very often.
Contact us with multiple potential dates that will work for your group. We make every effort to schedule preferred dates, but we ask that you be flexible.
The maximum number for a group is 6-10 people depending on the stage of construction and the number of individual or regular volunteers who may already be scheduled. Smaller groups are also welcome. Group volunteers are expected to arrive together and remain the entire day. We do not schedule partial days or late arrivals.
Volunteers must be 16 or older to work on a Habitat construction site.
Please note: construction delays, weather-related issues and other unforeseen factors beyond our control occasionally require us to change a scheduled volunteering date. We ask that you explain this to your permission granting administrators and volunteers, so that they can be prepared. We only reschedule when we are absolutely compelled to do so, and we appreciate your understanding and flexibility if this occurs. Check the Volunteer Blog for updates.
Making a Financial Donation
Like all Habitat affiliates, Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven raises 100% of the funds needed to build homes from the local community. We receive very little government funding and none whatsoever from Habitat International. Making a financial contribution in addition to providing volunteers enables us to continue our mission of eliminating poverty housing by building safe, decent and affordable houses for qualified low income families.
When you call to make a reservation, the Volunteer Coordinator will request that your group consider making a financial contribution in conjunction with volunteering, particularly if you are requesting a Saturday date. (This applies only if your group is not already a Habitat sponsor or donor.) Your contribution will be used to purchase tools, equipment and building materials that your group will use when they volunteer. Groups that donate in addition to sending volunteers may request multiple days or the addition of a few more volunteers. However, depending on the stage of construction, Habitat may or may not be able to accommodate these additional volunteers.
Suggested levels of financial support are:
Corporate Groups–$750-$1,500 per group depending on group size and number of days requested
Small Businesses–$250-$500 per group depending on group size and number of days requested
School Groups and Congregations–$100-$500 per group (schools and congregations may consider doing a tool drive in lieu of a financial contribution.)
In appreciation and recognition of your organization’s generosity, Habitat will recognize your contribution in our annual report, in our newsletter and on our website.
In Good Company…
Habitat gratefully acknowledges the following organizations that have volunteered with us. Many of these groups also donated.
Alpha Delta Pi (Quinnipiac University)
American Bar Association
Amity High School Habitat Club
A-Plus Building Supply
Bank of America (partial sponsor of Congress Avenue Phase 2 and other Habitat homes)
Carestream Molecular Imaging
Carmody & Torrance
Catalyst Health & Fitness
Clarity Software Solutions
Congregational Church in South Glastonbury
Connecticut Bar Association (Young Lawyers Section)
Connecticut Green Building Council
Connecticares (partial sponsor of Greenwood Street homes in 2014)
Connex Credit Union
Day Spring Lodge
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Department of Children & Families
Derby High School Habitat Club
Exchange Club of New Haven
Federal Managers Association
1st Congregational Church, Madison
1st Congregational Church of Hartland, VT
First Niagara (partial sponsor of Congress Avenue Phase 2 and other Habitat homes)
Frontline Christian Church
Gateway Community College
Guilford Savings Bank
Hopkins Grammar School
Johnson & Johnson
Kappa Alpha Theta (Quinnipiac University)
Kingdom Life Christian Church
Knights of Columbus (sponsor of 833 Congress Avenue and other homes)
LeClairRyan (sponsor of 827 Congress Avenue)
Mothers & More
Mt. Calvary Revival Center
National Association of Asian American Professionals
NewAlliance Foundation (partial sponsor of Congress Avenue Phase 2 and other Habitat homes)
New Haven County Paralegals
New Haven Home Recovery
Olive Garden, Orange
People’s United Community Foundation (partial sponsor of Greenwood Street homes in 2014, Congress Avenue Phase 2 in 2013, and other Habitat homes)
Phenomenal Women of Color
Phi Delta Phi Honor Society (Quinnipiac University)
Quinnipiac University Habitat Campus Chapter
Quinnipiac University Law School (Phi Delta Phi)
Quinnipiac University Physical Education Department
Southern Connecticut State University Habitat Campus Chapter
St. Peter’s Church, Cheshire
St. Thomas Becket, Cheshire
United Methodist Church, Clinton
University Church in Yale
University of New Haven Evening Student Council
University of New Haven Criminal Justice Club
University of New Haven Graduate Student Council
U.S. Coast Guard
Vantage Point HealthCare Advisors
Walgreen’s, West Haven
Wells Fargo (partial sponsor of Congress Avenue Phase 2)
Westover School, Simsbury
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
Yale Fencing Team
Yale-New Haven Hospital & its Medical Staff (sponsor of 34 & 38 Vernon Street, New Haven and other Habitat homes)
YNHH Adult Emergency Department
Yale School of Forestry
Yale University Habitat Campus Chapter