You don’t need construction experience, just a willingness to learn and a desire to help. Volunteers are at the heart of Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County. We would not be able to fulfill our mission of eliminating substandard housing without the help and support of our volunteers. There are a wide variety of tasks that need to be accomplished, and there are many ways to be involved. Keep scrolling to see how you can volunteer.

Whether you volunteer with us for one day or many, you can help families own their own affordable home by volunteering on our construction sites, in our ReStore, or in our offices. Volunteers of all skill levels and interests are welcome to join us! 


We love volunteer groups! Pull together your friends, family, or coworkers and have fun making a difference. We welcome all types of groups – corporate, faith, youth, and community groups.

Women Build 2016

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Women Build began with a group of women who believe in a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Women Build recruits, educates, and nurtures women to build and advocate for decent and affordable houses in their communities. In 2015, hundreds of volunteers got their hands dirty and built a stable place for Lisa and and her children to call home. Women Build 2016 is inviting you to join us in building a home for a partner family this year.Currently, all slots are full and only registered teams may volunteer. 

Matthew 25 Build 2016

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Our Matthew 25 Church Build is led by a coalition of local churches, who help bring together volunteers and funds to help a Habitat Partner Family own their very own home. This year will mark the 25th home built by Matthew 25. If you would like to support this build, please donate or start a campaign today. The build will take place this summer, May 2016-August 2016.

Notre Dame Student Build 2015/16

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The Notre Dame Student Chapter of Habitat for Humanity leads the charge in organizing volunteers and funds for the annual Notre Dame Student Build. This year, Megan (middle) has been selected as the Partner Family for the ND Student Build. Megan is a single mother of 3, and has lived in Mishawaka her whole life. Megan cares most about her kids.

“I’m looking forward to having a stable place for my kids to live in,” she says.

Notre Dame Athletics Build 2015/16

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The ND Athletics Build is sponsored by the Notre Dame Athletics Department. Players, coaches, trainers, and staff from all your favorite teams come out to see what affordable housing can do for a community. Volunteering is limited to the Athletic Department, but donations and fundraising campaigns are open to anyone wishing to support this build.

Youth Build 2016

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At our Youth Build, we are able to get young people in our community out on site to build shelter for a hard-working family. These young adults also contribute to affordable housing by raising funds and gathering volunteers. Usually groups from local schools come out to the job site. Anyone ages 16 and up can volunteer, but ages 16-17 must be accompanied by an adult.

ReStore Build 2016

Our ReStore build is sponsored by our very own ReStores, located on Grape Road in Mishawaka and South Main Street in South Bend. Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. All proceeds generated are used by Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County to build more homes within our local communities. Any person or group in welcome to volunteer, donate, or fundraise for this build! 

Tire Rack Build 2016

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In 2015, Tire Rack made the momentous decision to sponsor an entire house. They committed funds, and they committed volunteers every day by sending their employees to the build site to work and sweat with us. They work with our organization because they trust us, and because they have seen the impact a stable home can have on a family. All volunteer days for this build are filled (with dedicated Tire Rack Employees, of course) and all funding has been secured through Tire Rack! We are so grateful for the help of a great organization in our community. Their build began in September 2015, and will conclude in May 2016. 

Home Builders Association (HBA) Build 2016

The HBA Build is sponsored by the local Home Builders Association. This will be the first ever HBA Build! All the funding and volunteers for this build will be provided by HBA Members. We are lucky to have them working with us! 

Homes of Hope

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The Homes of Hope program serves as transitional housing for victims of domestic violence. In conjunction with the Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County, this program can help place women in stable, affordable housing. Members of the community identified a need for housing for those who are in abusive relationships but who do not qualify for housing in a traditional shelter.  With the help of volunteers and generous donors, a home was identified, remodeled, furnished, and the Homes of Hope vision was realized! Click here for more info from the Family Justice Center. 

Rehab Homes

HFHSJC has recently started rehabilitating homes in St. Joseph County. We take an older home, that could be in really bad shape or could just need a few improvements, and we make it like new. It is a home that is the same quality level as our new homes, but it will vary in size, style, number of bedrooms, price, etc. This home here is a 5-bedroom rehab in South Bend.

See how you can help!