Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, Inc.
VPC’s Monthly Mission Partner (MMP) Month
What does the mission do/who does it serve?
Habitat South Sarasota is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operating on Christian principles that seeks to put God's love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope.
Habitat for Humanity offers the dream of home ownership to those who would otherwise not be able to afford a home of their own. The new homeowners actually help build the house alongside many dedicated volunteers in the community. Habitat sells the house to the homeowner at cost and finances the mortgage at a zero interest rate.
Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, Inc. is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operating on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity builds affordable homes for low-income partners in South Sarasota County. Since 1992 they have rehabilitated and/or built over 100 homes, housing over 325 local residents with over 200 of them being children.
How do you do it?
Habitat South Sarasota partner families work side by side with community volunteers for a required 300 "sweat equity" hours to build safe, decent affordable houses. They must attend 8 two-and-a-half hour homeowner classes and 1 eight-hour HUD certified "First Time Homebuyer Workshop". Individuals become homeowners through our program reduce their dependence on community, social and financial services. These are substantial benefits for those individuals and particularly positive for the next generation.
How can one help/serve this mission? How and what can people donate? How can people volunteer?
Every year, Habitat for Humanity Sarasota relies on more than 800 volunteers to support our mission. Volunteers help keep the homes affordable for qualified homebuyers. It is our goal to help you find the volunteer assignment that best suits your skills, interests, and schedule.
Volunteer on the construction of a new home or help with a home renovation. A half-day commitment (7:30 am – 12:00 pm) is required and we build on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday each week. Weekday volunteers are our greatest need. Must be at least 16 years old to volunteer on a build site.
Volunteering is a great way to have fun, meet and make new friends, and get involved in your community and Habitat has many opportunities to help find the right volunteering fit for you.
Volunteers needed, skilled or unskilled in various phases of home building.
If you would like to assist in the office, we are frequently in need of volunteers for handling phones, mail, data entry and other clerical duties
We are in need of volunteers as cashiers, sales help, prep help and stock help.
We are always looking for help on our various committees that support the Habitat mission.