With help from people like you, whole neighborhoods improve and completely transform. Through this transformation, families achieve the strength, stability, and independence they need to build a better life.
Construction Volunteers need to be at least 16 years or older. Volunteers 16 and 17 years old will need a waiver signed by their parent/guardian before coming to the Habitat build site.
To prepare yourself to volunteer with us there are a couple of things you can do:
Offer your time, knowledge, and expertise to Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity by serving on a committee, or by helping in other ways. At this time, all committees are meeting virtually. A few committees are described below.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact our office at: 651-327-2282.
Family Services Committee: This committee develops and implements processes for recruiting, selecting, and supporting families in need of decent, affordable housing.
Volunteer and Community Relations Committee: This committee identifies, recruits, and recognizes volunteers who make Habitat’s ministry a reality and ensures that our housing ministry provides a rewarding volunteer experience. The committee works in partnership with area community businesses, faith groups and organizations to recruit and secure volunteer and financial support.
Marketing and Financial Resources Committee: This committee develops strategy, processes, and systems for maintaining a positive reputation in the communities served, advocates for affiliate and housing needs, and develops relationships and networks for providing the financial support necessary to continually satisfy the mission of the affiliate.
When I first got to Habitat for Humanity, I was happy to be helping a family build a home; it gave me a warm fuzzy feeling inside. I felt a sense of accomplishment and I feel like I've learned skills that will help me when I apply for jobs in the future. I also feel like this is a part of my life I'll be able to look back on with a smile, knowing I helped people. I learned how to properly dig holes, without injuring myself. I also learned how to use tape measures and saws properly, and I appreciate the VST's always looking out for my safety and the safety of my team.
Coming into this experience and working with Habitat for Humanity for the first time, I barely knew how to correctly swing a hammer let alone how to build a house. Under the supervisors we have had I feel significantly more confident in my abilities to do many things on the work site. Not only have we been shown unending support from the folks at habitat, but I have also felt this from the community both where we work in, Cannon Falls, and in Red Wing, the community we live in. We have been brought in with open arms and the people in the communities genuinely want to know each team members’ experience. I am very appreciative and grateful for this experience as a whole.
It's been awesome to work with Habitat for Humanity Goodhue County. Working with Bob and John has taught me all kinds of things I never thought I would learn, from how to use a hammer correctly to how to build a roof. The work is difficult sometimes, but it's always been clear that we have the support of the community, which has embraced us with open arms. I've been grateful for the opportunity to see this part of the country, and to be a part of building a home for the Oney family.
It was a rocky start, I didn't know much about construction, so when we had started work, I had a hard time doing simple like hammering. Even if we messed up some things, we weren't scolded and only had to take apart our mistake to do it again or try and fix it with some kind of remedy. Bob and John have been very patient with and because of that I think I've been able to do the work without fear of messing up the work, especially when Bob and John are able to spot mistakes in the making of them. Overall, I'm impressed with the way the house appears and how much progress we've been able to make on it, it was a slow start and has begun picking up pace.
My experience with Habitat for Humanity has been overwhelming heartwarming. They've been so kind and generous to us that it almost feels unfair that we got this organization on our first round. The staff has gone above and beyond to meet our accommodations, especially Jody who is very attentive to needs. Even though John has to run the whole Habitat affiliate, he's not only been able to make it almost every day to work, but also does a great job of explaining what and why we're doing it. The staff, work ethic and general good nature of HFH Red Wing makes it a great organization to work with.
- Barrett Province
My experience working with habitat for humanity has been very enjoyable, as well as educational. I have learned a lot about the construction of not only homes but the construction of teams and friendships. These experiences will help me greatly in life and i am excited to use them throughout the rest of my service term with NCCC. Habitat for Humanity has helped me realize the importance of homes and communities. I am grateful for the time I've been able to help and learn.
I’m having a great time working habitat for Humanity. I have learned so much about construction, the lingo that is used, as well as the do’s and do nots when on the worksite. Not only have I learned about construction but I’ve also got the chances to interact with people who are getting a house from habitat and are at the work site to get their hours in. I’ve also got to learn more about our sponsor not just as the person who is in charge but as a person in general. All in all I’ve had a really great experience with Habitat for Humanity.
- Jazmyne Woodbury
Working with Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity has been both an enjoyable and educational experience thus far. Every day on the worksite, I learn at least one new thing. Prior to this experience, I had very little knowledge about construction. But the easy to follow pace that we are taught at has made everything about this experience amazing! The environment that we work in is a good balance of seriousness and humor, which makes building a house 5 days a week never boring work. The staff at Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity never fail to make sure that their volunteers, AmeriCorps NCCC, have everything that they could need. It has been a very rewarding time working with Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity, and I am thankful for all the positive times I have had with them so far!
- Breauna Allore
Working with Goodhue County Habitat has been amazing. Although I’ve learned valuable construction and carpentry skills while building the house in Cannon, what I’m really going to remember from this experience are the people I’ve met and worked with along the way. My team has been welcomed by this community in so many amazing ways, especially by the four gladiators who keep GCHFH running on the day-to-day. Habitat really has a great mission and I am proud to help carry it out in these two months in Red Wing.
- Robert Stodola
My experience with Habitat has been great. I have learned a lot about building a house, but most importantly, I have learned about the organization and the community they serve. I have learned about the issues the community faces because of the astronomical cost of owning a home. I have spoken to community members and leaders about how this issue personally affects them and/or people they know. My team and I have built a home alongside the owners of the Cannon Falls home as well as past, present and future Habitat home recipients. We have heard their story and understand why our work here is important. This experience has been an eye-opening experience to an issue that affects communities across America. I am eager to learn more and help start a conversation about solutions to fix this.
- Carlos Perez
Before I started working with Habitat for Humanity, I was apprehensive about building a house. I did not fully understand Habitat's mission and I was worried about leading my team into this project. However, we were welcomed with open arms. HFH did not expect us to know how to build a hammer from start to finish especially since we could not even properly swing a hammer! HFH showed us from the start what our efforts would be doing for the community. I am excited to see how far we get during the rest of our time working with HFH.
Working with habitat for humanity thus far I have learned many things, from hammering a nail correctly to assembling interior walls. It has been much appreciated being able to work so close with the site supervisor ensuring we are getting things done in the right ways. Working so close with habitat there has been a light shed on the housing crisis across the country and more specifically Goodhue County. The past few weeks I've spent working on the project site I have gained much knowledge in the habitat for humanity impact on the community, the home owners and construction itself. It has also been incredibly nice to know that the work we put in everyday is a part of a future home to a family.