A Safe and Decent Place to Live
Habitat for Humanity Hamilton
(HFHH) is a chapter of Habitat for Humanity International, a not-for-profit organization which was founded in 1976. HFHH works to create “a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live” and it is clear that they have been quite successful in doing so. Habitat for Humanity including all of its chapters has managed to build over 800,000 homes in more than 80 countries.
HFHH continues this project within Hamilton, focusing on the “elimination of poverty housing, by building homes in partnership with families in need”. In order to achieve this goal, the HFHH requires the support of the Hamilton community. There are a number of ways we can help out!
Building Projects: The current building site is the Robert Land Project. These projects involve things like raising walls, painting and helping with fencing. Not an expert in any of these fields? You don’t have to be! HFHH encourages all levels of skill (that includes the “not skilled at all” level for people like me) to come out. At the beginning of each shift there is a site safety session as well as staff members who will supervise throughout the day. For more information, click here.
The ReStore: If you are not interested in the Building Projects but still want to lend a hand, the ReStore may be for you! The ReStore is located at 285 Nash Road North. Volunteers will put their Customer Service skills to use in this area, which contains gently-used home improvement items for sale. All proceeds go right back into the building design/materials used for the Building Projects. Tasks involve: customer service, floor support, donation room assistance, stocking shelves, loading and unloading, cleaning, fixing products, merchandising, and carry outs. For more information, click here.
Donations: There are also numerous ways that you can donate to HFHH. Not only does this organization look for cash donations, they are also very interested in land donations. For more information, click here.
If any of these opportunities interest you, the first step you need to take is to register as a volunteer. You can begin this process by clicking “Volunteer Now”, which is located in the top right hand corner of their website. After you register, the website will show you all of the upcoming opportunities to volunteer and how many people are needed- very easy to navigate!
You could even sign up for the Community Builds, which occur every Saturday. They provide the opportunity not only to practice new skills but also to meet new people! It would be a great way to start of the weekend on a meaningful note.