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Construction Volunteering

All skill levels — from willing learner to professional builder — are welcome. Instruction is provided, and volunteers are never required to do any work they’re uncomfortable doing. Wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty and sturdy, close-toed shoes.

Volunteers should bring a willingness to put in a good day’s work and know that they are truly helping Habitat provide families a decent place to live in their community.

Please review our safety instructions prior to volunteering.

Non-Construction Volunteering

Don’t want to paint or pound nails? We can find valuable jobs for volunteers who are interested in working at our offices or at home. We would discuss with you your skills and find an appropriate spot. Some folks like to be assigned a single task. Others like to place a time limit on when or for how long they want to commit for. Great. Make your needs known and we’ll meet them.

Helping families build their own homes takes all kinds of skills and services. Find your God given purpose to help the homeless. Volunteer now! Don’t see an opportunity that interests you? Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 315-785-0308 to customize your volunteer experience.

Committee Volunteers

Community Development

The Community Development Committee assumes the leadership for implementing the public relations and fund-raising policies and goals of the Board of Directors. The committee approaches donors, asking for either cash or “in-kind” gifts of material, labor, property, or support. 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 fund-raising events.

Faith Relations

Habitat for Humanity is a Christian based organization. As such maintaining a good relationship with all of the areas churches and religious faith is important to our mission. This committee would establish a contact system through e-mail, phone list or websites. It would also be responsible to communicate with these organizations about our activities to include the construction program and fundraising events. Faith Relations would also distribute to our members what activities are taken place in the various churches so we may support them. Faith Relations would work closely with the Volunteer Development Committee, the Building Committee and Family Selection Committee.

We are seeking volunteers to represent each area church as a liaison to the Faith Relations Committee. Church liaison would be part of a email chain to exchange the news and events of both organizations or help set up meetings and presentations to support the Habitat for Humanity Mission.


People who have an interest in and may have knowledge of home construction. This can include surveyors, architects, people who know building codes, carpenters, concrete workers, plumbers, electricians, utility people and building supply people. There is a lot to know about building houses. If you have any knowledge at all, or if you would like some on-the-job training, please join us!

Family Selection

The Family Selection Committee is composed of volunteers who have the responsibility for reviewing accepted applications of potential partner families, completing home visits, interviewing potential partner families and making recommendations regarding the applicants’ qualifications for Thousand Islands Area Habitat’s home-buying program. By working with each other, the Family Selection Committee members play a critical and rewarding role in helping Thousand Islands Area Habitat choose its future home-buyers.


Thousand Islands Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore sells new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances at a fraction of the retail price. Thanks to donations received from across Jefferson and Lewis counties, our inventory changes daily. Each time someone shops, donates or volunteers at the ReStore, they are helping Thousand Islands Area Habitat for Humanity transform communities through neighborhood revitalization, education, innovative development and partnerships.

Family Support

Habitat affiliates are committed to “the development and uplifting of families and communities, not only the construction of houses.” Members of the Family Support Committee will work to establish tools and procedures for accomplishing this task. This committee works with families to be sure that the families know what is required in the area of sweat equity, and to help in the transition to true home-ownership. The Family Support Committee usually establishes and tracks the affiliate’s sweat equity policies, provides classes and other educational opportunities for families, and assists the family in making choices concerning the construction of their home. Many Family Support Committees provide a one on one volunteer to guide a selected family through the Habitat building process.

Volunteer Development

The Volunteer Development Committee is responsible for recruiting, placement, and coordination of volunteers.

The Volunteer Committee works with the Construction Committee to coordinate “work day” schedules. The committee recruits local restaurants, food establishments, churches and individuals in the community to donate lunches at work sites. The committee is also responsible for volunteer recognition.

Any organization or person that may want to be a food provider for Saturday build days, can schedule the donation through our Volunteer Coordinator (Michelle Appleby) @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Campus Chapters

Campus Chapters

What is a campus chapter?

A campus chapter is a student-led, student-initiated organization on a high school or college campus that partners with the local Habitat affiliate. Currently, the Carthage Central High School has a school campus chapter. They have worked with local government agencies to acquire property as part of their academic courses; participated in construction projects; raised funds for projects for the partner families; and distributed literature seeking families to help.

Our goal is to support more school campus programs, in addition to a Campus Chapter at Jefferson Community College. College students can provide support for both general committee programs, such as fundraising or work on specific target projects, such as acting as a website developer, public relations, and marketing programs.


Campus chapters partner with Habitat affiliates to build and rehabilitate homes in partnership with Habitat homeowners. There are many ways a campus chapter can get involved with building:

  • Working locally with a partner affiliate
  • Participating in a Collegiate Challenge
  • Going on a Global Village trip


Campus chapters raise funds to support the work of local Habitat affiliates, contributing both to their local affiliates and to Habitat for Humanity’s global mission. Chapters may contribute through house sponsorship, the tithe program (donations to a Habitat for Humanity affiliate outside of the United States), general donation to Habitat for Humanity International and Collegiate Challenge Global Village.


Act! Speak! Build! WeekWorld Habitat Day, and other campaigns through HFHI’s Government Relations and Advocacy department are all available to help chapters advocate for affordable housing.


Campus chapters educate others on their campuses and in their local communities about the mission and work of Habitat for Humanity. Many chapters offer speakers, do tabling and create other opportunities to inform their fellow students and members of their communities about the mission of Habitat.