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Habitat for Humanity Build Day

March 2, 2024 at 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Habitat for Humanity builds strength, security and self-reliance through homeownership. Join a team on the next St. Luke’s Build Day to help build and revitalize homes in East Winter Garden.

It’s an exciting time for West Orange Habitat for Humanity as they have just completed four homes and are beginning the next set of three homes in East Winter Garden. Families have been selected for these homes and are anxious to work alongside you, our volunteers, to build their own home and homes of others. Families qualify for Habitat by demonstrating a housing need (affordability, substandard conditions, overcrowding), their willingness to partner with us by investing 200 hours of sweat equity, attending financial education classes, saving for a down payment, and repaying a no-interest mortgage to Habitat once they close on their home.

We’re looking for Volunteers to come out and help with painting, wall building, wrapping, drywall, landscaping, caulking, cabinet/flooring installation, roofing work or other construction activities. Your service to building homes means transforming a blighted neighborhood into a thriving neighborhood and promoting the legacy of homeownership for these families for generations to come.

Come out and spend a Saturday giving back with Habitat for Humanity! Mark your calendar for our first workday in 2024!

Next Build Date: Saturday, March 2, 2024

Arrival Time: 8:45 a.m.

Build Time: 9:00 a.m. to approx. 2:00 p.m.

Location:1642 Christopher St., Winter Garden

Build days are scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. but may end early, and you are welcome to leave whenever your other Saturday commitments require.

Volunteers must be 17 or older and be willing to sign and bring a volunteer waiver.

All tools and instructions are provided. No construction experience is necessary — you may even pick up a new skill or two while you partner with other St. Lukers to make a difference for families in our community.

Helping it all come together!

Upcoming 2024 Schedule

You’ll want to mark your calendars for the other upcoming Habitat Workdays.

Click on the March 2 workday, to register. Links for the other upcoming workdays will be available a couple months prior to each workday.

*What is “Neighborhood Revitalization?”

Our neighborhood revitalization work follows the guidelines provided in our Quality of Life Framework, a data-driven and customizable approach developed by Habitat and vetted by community development experts to help to improve neighborhoods. With residents leading revitalization efforts, Habitat’s work looks different in each community — a bank and grocery store in one, a youth center in another, walking trails, home repairs and community gardens in yet another. For our community, we are helping neighbors revitalize their homes. We can do this by gardening, painting, paving, etc. Habitat’s decades of work illustrate that individuals and families thrive when they have a safe and stable home in a safe and stable community. Participating in neighborhood revitalization work allows Habitat to fully embrace our mission – to build homes, communities, and hope.

You can read more about our Neighborhood Revitalization Project here: https://www.habitat.org/our-work/neighborhood-revitalization

-Site Name and Address:

We are currently revitalizing neighborhoods in the East Winter Garden community just off Colonial Drive. We will provide the exact address of the home where your team will meet which can be found on GPS; and plenty of nearby parking is available. We have easy access to the East-West Expressway (408), 429, 414, and Colonial Drive. The address will be sent to you approximately one week prior to your scheduled build date.

Habitat Mentors Needed

Habitat for Humanity is looking for Mentors to walk beside families for 9 months as their new home is being built. Mentors attend training, monthly Family Service Committee meetings and regularly check in with the Habitat family. If you have the gift of Mercy and Wisdom, this serving opportunity may be for you!

Mentorship means people who:  

  • Care about families and who are patient, instructive, compassionate and responsible
  • Can commit to about 9 months to walk with the family
  • Agree to attend one mentor training session, and a monthly zoom meeting with the family services committee meeting to update the committee on their family.

Mentors agree to: (these are just basics, more information is provided)

  • Attend a one-hour training session at their convenience and receive a training manual
  • Attend Family Service committee meeting/Zoom once a month to update on progress
  • Be the family first point of contact for West Orange Habitat following guidelines
  • Not to provide any monetary or in kind gifts to family
  • Regularly connect with the family by phone, in person, text, email for about 9 months
  • Pray for and positively impact the family with joy!
  • Walk the journey with the family to answer questions and ensure they complete:
    200 hours of sweat equity (300 for a married couple)
  • Financial Literacy classes (we host/provide these for families only/no mentors)
  • Saving for a down payment
  • Maintain good credit – again, mentor training is provided for this)

For more information, contact Saniye Kazan at skazan@st.lukes.org.

 

Habitat Volunteer Waiver

For more information, contact Saniye Kazan at skazan@st.lukes.org.


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