Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley is always looking for volunteers!! We heavily rely on the efforts of our volunteers and welcome all who are willing and able to work, regardless of skill level. No matter who you are, no matter your experience level, you are always welcome to volunteer with us here at Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley.
We are currently working on new construction sites in Batavia and Crystal Lake every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, from 8:30am to 4:00pm. Volunteers are asked to arrive on time at their scheduled site on their scheduled day and stay for the entirety of the build day.
Skill Requirement: No specific skills are needed except a willingness to learn. Each build site has an assigned Project Director. The Project Director will direct the day’s work and provide necessary instruction. Additional assistance from an experienced, regular volunteer Crew Leader will be on-site to teach you every step of the way.
Age Requirement: To help ensure a safe work environment, construction volunteers must legally be at least 16 years old. Teens 16 and 17 may work on a construction site with parental supervision. Those volunteers under 18 must not use power tools, climb ladders, or work on scaffolding or the roof.
Release of Liability: Each volunteer must sign a E Release and Liability Waiver of Liability prior to volunteering. Signing the online waiver is an agreement for taking personal responsibility for any accident or injury on the work site. Volunteers aged 16 or 17 must have a parent or guardian sign a Minor Release and E Waiver of Liability.
Sample Work Day Schedule: 8:15am -- Volunteer Safety and Orientation 8:30am -- Begin Working 12:00pm -- Lunch Break 1:00pm -- Resume Working 3:30pm -- Clean-Up 4:00pm -- End of Work Day
Face masks are required, social distancing is observed, avoid sharing tools, bring your own PPE, water and lunch.
Interested individual volunteers may register via Habitat's online volunteer scheduling, Galaxy found at volunteerhabitatnfv.org. A construction calendar with addresses is displayed. Click NFV Construction to view the current construction opportunities. Those who are interested in setting up a group build day for their church, company, sports team, community organization, or any other group, please contact us directly at email@example.com
Founded in Americus, Georgia, in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity International operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate, and repair more than 1 million decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 4 million people worldwide. Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities, and hope. Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating, and preserving homes, by advocating for fair and just housing policies, and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child should have a simple, decent, and affordable place to live. As all affiliates, our mission is to build, rehab, and preserve homes for qualifying families in our area. Founded in 1990, HFHNFV serves the Northern Fox Valley area from Route 176 in Crystal Lake in the north, to Route 38 in St. Charles in the south, west to Route 47 in Huntley, and east to the city limits of Chicago down the I-90 corridor. Our building efforts are focused in Carpentersville, Elgin, St. Charles, and the surrounding area.
Our local goal is to b uild/rehab twice the number of homes in half the time. We built 60 homes in our first two decades for our partner families. The objective for the next ten years is to build 120 new homes or rehabs from 2011 through 2020. We are currently focused on rehabbing foreclosed and abandoned homes to help revitalize the neighborhoods where we work. To expand our mission of preserving affordable housing, we are helping homeowners in need rejuvenate the exterior of their existing homes through our "A Brush With Kindness" program. This program bolsters the pride of homeownership, revitalizes the appearance of the neighborhood, encourages connections within the community, and helps preserve affordable housing stock.
Our homes are simple, decent, and affordable. Habitat houses are modestly sized -- large enough for the homeowner's needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum. We use quality, locally available construction materials and meet all building codes. Experienced professionals and volunteers supervise house construction. Houses are designed to conform architecturally to the neighborhood. The donated labor of volunteers and partner families, efficient building methods, modest house sizes, and a no-profit, no-interest loan make mortgage payments affordable.
The three criteria for a family to qualify for a Habitat home include need, ability to pay back a mortgage, and willingness to partner. If these criteria are met, families have the opportunity to own their home by paying a 30-year, no-interest mortgage back to HFHNFV. In addition, families undergo an extensive family selection process to qualify including work history and credit check. Each family partner on the mortgage must put in at least 250 hours of "sweat equity" on their own home, 125 hours of which can be completed by friends and family.