Family Sponsor: The Family Sponsor works directly with families while their house is under construction. Family Sponsors work with the build committee in helping the family choose build options, build schedule and work out any build related questions or concerns. The Family Sponsor represents the family in Build Committee Meetings and attends the Family Support meeting. In addition, the Family Sponsor helps the families prepare for closing and either provides or requests assistance for the family to budget prior to closing on their house. Commitment summary: <10 hrs a month, one evening meeting a month (Family support 7:00 pm on 2nd Monday of the month. Must be able to meet or work with homeowner as needed (mostly phone calls or email conversations). Interested persons should enjoy working closely with families, providing advice as needed, and understand or be willing to learn the build process. Training is provided.
Homeowner Education: Manage and assure that families have met the HUD, VHDA and Habitat training requirements. Guide homeowners through the training modules or to arrange subject matter experts to present the material. Arrange guest speakers or prepare training materials for the monthly meeting. Training modules are covered in the Family Support meetings. No experience is required and training is offered for interested parties. Commitment Summary: < 5hrs a month. Must attend one meeting a month on 2nd Monday of every month at 7:00 PM. VHDA Certification training (every two years). Training is provided.
Aluminum Can Recycling Position: An immediate need for a driver once every five weeks for the Livingston Landfill run. The GFHFH Aluminum Can Recycling program is an important service to the local community and a key Green Business practice that protects the environment. It is also an important regular source of income that helps to fund GFHFH and its projects. Commitment Summary: Driver will need a truck to go to the Livingston Landfill, collect cans, bring them to Fredericksburg Scrap Metal, and then bring receipts and cash to the Habitat office.
Grant Writer: Duties include researching potential grants and then writing grant proposals. Some of the documentation will be existing “boilerplate” documents, but each grant will require creation of specific information and documentation. Time commitment will vary, but some time in the Habitat office will be required for consultation. Some work can be done at home with internet access. Previous grant writing experience a plus.
Church Relations Chairman: This is a Volunteer position. Duties include:
- Improve our contact with local congregations.
- Train committee members to make effective presentations about GFHFH.
- Develop a system of documentation and accountability.
- Call and lead meetings of the Church Relations Committee.
- Stay in contact with HFH International’s Church Relations department to obtain promotional and how-to materials and to learn about denominational endorsements and sponsorships.
- Oversee the development and production of in-house promotional materials for use in enlisting church support.
- Establish plans with churches to include Habitat in their volunteer and monetary assistance.
- Organize the Pastor’s Brunch & Building on Faith Activity (if these are held) and make presentations.
Has desire to share the Habitat story with others, has public speaking skills and the willingness to make presentations on behalf of GFHFH, works well with others in a leadership role and is able to motivate and encourage volunteers.
- Recruit committee members
Public Relations Chairman: This is a Volunteer position. Duties include:
- Schedules and leads committee meetings.
- Participates in functions where a display table is needed for Habitat.
- Maintains consistent branding in all affiliate materials.
- Requests and collects articles for Habitat Newsletter.
- Submits newsletter items for setup.
- Coordinates photographer for Habitat events.
- Develops brochures about Habitat for public.
- Coordinates representation at local chamber or civic functions.
- Coordinates public service announcements to media outlets
- Coordinates production of articles for area newspapers.
- Coordinates speakers for public and private forums.
- Recruits committee members.
Family Selection Chairman: This is a Volunteer position. The family selection committee is responsible for managing designated aspects of the family selection and outreach programs as they relate to Habitat homeowners. Core responsibilities include:
- Homeowner Application Process:
- Reviews and evaluates new homeowner applications
- Reviews and evaluates applicant credit reports
- Maintains database of applicant financial and employment information
- Coordinates volunteer process for financial review and in-home interviews with applicant families
- Communicates verbally and in writing with applicants regarding application approvals/denials/requests for information
- Family Selection Committee:
- Plans and prepares for Selection Committee meetings
- Develops and updates training manual and training sessions for new committee members
- Family Support Program: Participate in Family Support Program
- Volunteer Management: Outreach and recruits volunteers interested in family selection
- Data Analysis: Researches and reports applicant and homeowner demographics.
Volunteer Surveyor(s): Works on the Site Selection Team
Volunteer Interviewers: Works on the Family Selection Team
Volunteer Sponsors: Works with families through the Family Nurture Team
Youth Volunteers: Click here for more information about youth volunteering.