Longer Term Volunteer Opportunities
AmeriCorps is a national service program that engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in solving community problems. Each year, AmeriCorps offers thousands of opportunities to serve through local and national nonprofit groups. Apply your energy, ideals, and skills toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community, while gaining valuable skills and earning great benefits.
AmeriCorps provides an opportunity for individuals to serve full-time with Habitat for Humanity to help meet the housing needs of communities and families throughout the United States. The goal of the Habitat for Humanity National Service program is to help local Habitat affiliates operate more efficiently and effectively by maximizing existing volunteers, increasing capacity for new volunteers and most importantly, meeting the housing needs of communities by building more houses for low-income families. Beaches Habitat for Humanity is a proud host of National Service members for the last decade. Affiliate needs are evaluated each year, with recruitment taking place in the spring and summer.
Still have questions? Contact our AmeriCorps Host Site Manager, Sarah Jared, at (904) 595-5793 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beaches Habitat welcomes students from abroad to join our construction program for 8 to 10 weeks. Students volunteer alongside our staff, future homeowners and local volunteers to improve their hands-on construction skills and gain a better comprehension of the English language. Volunteer internships are available for up to 4 students per time period who are participating through a sponsored program.
Students will have the opportunity to work closely with a skilled construction team to gain a greater sense of responsibility, maturity, and self-confidence through interaction with Beaches Habitat's staff, volunteers and future homeoners. Students will be trained to successfully complete tasks associated with construction of new homes and repair or renovation of existing homes, developing competence in the use of construction tools and an understanding of safe construction practices. In addition, through interactions on the construction site, students will gain an awareness and appreciation of different cultures and have the opportunity to improve their English language skills.
Students interested in volunteering may submit an application for consideration. Applications may be submitted 3 to 6 months in advance of travel and will be considered on a first come, first served basis.
Construction Crew Leadership
Crew Leaders lead small groups of volunteers in construction tasks. They are skilled volunteers who have made an ongoing commitment to work with Beaches Habitat. Many begin as individual volunteers who develop their construction and leadership skills through continued participation in the building program.
Crew Leader responsibilities include:
- Arriving on site 20 minutes prior to the start of construction to help with set up and to review task goals for the day.
- Teaching other volunteers appropriate construction methods and techniques and overseeing their work.
- Providing safety equipment necessary for the tasks and ensuring that it is used consistently and correctly.
- Ensuring that volunteers are working in a safe and fun environment and are enjoying their experience.
- Assisting volunteers in meeting the task goals for the day.
- Following the guidance of the House Captain to ensure appropriate construction and safety standards are maintained.
To qualify to be a Crew Leader, volunteers should:
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Volunteer consistently with Beaches Habitat for Humanity on site, at least twice per month for 4 to 6 months.
- Have a recommendation from a member of the construction staff and receive approval from the construction department.
- Priority scheduling
- Beaches Habitat construction manual
- Beaches Habitat "Crew Leader" hard hat