Whatever your skill, there is a place for YOU in our volunteer corps!
The Building Committee is responsible for guiding Habitat Choptank’s home construction and rehab program. The committee addresses quality control, site development, sustainable building and oversees the building schedule with the affiliate’s construction staff. The committee meets monthly.
Construction Volunteers work on nearly every aspect of home building undertaking dozens of tasks such as flooring, renovating, painting, tiling, siding, insulating, framing, and landscaping. No construction experience is necessary! Take a moment to review the Construction Volunteer Manual. New construction volunteers should also complete the online safety training – see link at the bottom of this page.
The Cookie Crew supports our mission by providing baked goods for our volunteers and for special events. If you like to bake, this is a sweet way for you to lend your support!
FAITH RELATIONS COMMITTEE
The Faith Relations Committee is responsible for cultivating relationships and partnerships with the faith community in Dorchester and Talbot Counties. Members may also represent Habitat Choptank at community faith-based events as well as help to coordinate participation from area churches in home dedication programs. The committee meetings monthly.
FAMILY SELECTION COMMITTEE
The Family Selection Committee is responsible for reviewing, screening and evaluating home buyer applications. The committee educates prospective home buyers about the application process and the selection criteria, and confirms that approved applicants meet the established criteria. The committee meets monthly. Members may give additional time in pairs to interview home buyers and make home visits.
The Finance Committee oversees the ongoing financial health of Habitat Choptank. Committee members monitor the monthly financials for the affiliate, including the ReStore, manage any investment funds, and recommend an annual budget to the Board. The committee is also responsible for the implementation of policy and completion of the annual audit and Form 990 submission. The committee meets monthly.
HOME OWNER SUPPORT
Home Owner Support or HOS, are volunteers that donate their professional services or that provide assistance and guidance to existing Habitat Choptank home owners. In addition to publishing a newsletter for home owners, committee members may connect owners with community resources as needed, serve in a coaching or advocacy role for a family, or organize support services.
The Lunch Bunch supports Habitat Choptank by providing food for Habitat Choptank events and lunch to the construction volunteers on the jobsite. If you like to feed others, this is a great way to lend your support!
MAJOR GIFTS COMMITTEE
The Major Gifts Committee works with the Habitat Choptank staff in developing fundraising plans, implementing strategies and tasks to generate funds, and soliciting financial support one-on-one. The committee meets monthly.
MORTGAGE SERVICING COMMITTEE
The Mortgage Servicing Committee manages Habitat Choptank’s homeowner mortgages. The committee meets monthly to review mortgage payments, assist in strategizing around delinquent accounts which may include restructuring loans or, as a last resort, managing foreclosures.
Office Volunteers are needed to perform a wide range of administrative tasks in support of Habitat Choptank’s business responsibilities. Duties include reception, filing, data entry, and occasionally preparing bulk mailings. Most office volunteers sign up for a regular schedule on a weekly or monthly basis so that they can become familiar with the office procedures.
The Partnership Committee is responsible for assisting and guiding home buyers through Habitat Choptank’s home buyer program. Volunteer coaches work one-on-one with the home buyer(s) to monitor progress on sweat equity, savings, education classes and debt elimination. These volunteers are a vital link between the affiliate and each home buyer family. In addition to the time that each volunteer invests in the coaching relationships, the committee members meet monthly to report in on their family’s progress, celebrate milestones and problem solve as challenges arise.
REPAIR / WEATHERIZATION – Coming Soon
As part of its Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, Habitat Choptank is launching a Home Repair program for low-income homeowners in need of health and safety repairs, weatherization, or exterior improvements. Volunteers may help with identifying and qualifying applicants and with coordinating services.
ReStores are outlets that accept donated home improvement goods, furniture and appliances for resale to the public. Volunteers are needed to pick up or accept donations, organize and inventory the materials and goods for resale, greet and assist customers, manage checkout, and assist in the office. These volunteers sign up for a regular schedule on a weekly or monthly basis so they can become familar with the store’s operations.
SITE SELECTION COMMITTEE
The Site Selection Committee’s responsibilities include land acquisition, land planning, and environmental and community impact planning. Committee members identify properties for consideration and pursue opportunities identified through the real estate market. They work with potential sellers / donors to acquire additional properties for Habitat Choptank’s land bank and make recommendations on purchases/ donations. The committee meets monthly.
SPECIAL EVENTS COMMITTEES
Habitat Choptank Special Events Committees are responsible for planning and leading special fundraising events. These events may vary annually. Volunteers who help in this area have an interest or experience in fundraising, public relations, event organization and marketing. Committees meet on an as needed basis according to each event timeline.
Tool Tender Volunteers organize and conduct a monthly to quarterly inventory of the tool trailers on the construction sites. They use their organizational skills to ensure that tools are in working condition and labeled, that the first aid kits are stocked, and work with the construction supervisor to repair tools as needed.
Volunteers in Community Education or VoICE, are representatives for Habitat Choptank at community events around Dorchester and Talbot Counties on behalf of the affiliate. Using display items, children’s activities, and marketing materials provided by the affiliate, these volunteers interact with the public to educate others about the local Habitat mission and opportunities to get involved.
Habitat Choptank can connect youth with opportunities to get involved including Campus Chapters and Youth United service projects.
Number of Volunteer Hours Contributed in FY 2107
While construction is the most visible part of Habitat’s volunteer program, successfully delivering on our mission requires help in many other ways.
Upcoming Volunteer Sessions
Learn about all the ways you can get involved in the Habitat mission! New volunteers are required to attend one of our monthly orientation sessions and complete an online waiver.
Event;ReStore Volunteer OrientationStarts: 10:00 amEnds: August 16, 2018 - 11:00 amLocation: 8610 Commerce Drive, Easton, MD, United States
Event;Volunteer OrientationStarts: 8:30 amEnds: September 4, 2018 - 9:30 amLocation: 29350 Maple Ave, Trappe, MD 21673, USA
Event;Volunteer OrientationStarts: 5:30 pmEnds: September 4, 2018 - 6:30 pmLocation: 29350 Maple Ave, Trappe, MD 21673, USA
Event;ReStore Volunteer OrientationStarts: 10:00 amEnds: September 6, 2018 - 11:00 amLocation: 8610 Commerce Dr, Easton, MD 21601, USA
Volunteer Safety Training
Take a moment to complete the free online volunteer safety training. (Scroll down to click on the ‘begin now’ link and follow the instructions which includes an access code)
Have you logged your volunteer hours?
Volunteers: Please log your hours by signing in and out at building sites with the construction supervisor, at the ReStore, and on the sheets provided for office volunteers and Board and committee members at the Habitat office.
The Founders Award honors the Habitat Choptank volunteer of the year for:
- Giving time and talent above what could be expected
- Inspiring others to deepen their commitment to Habitat Choptank
- Demonstrating creativity or innovation
- Fostering, developing or building the affiliate’s capacity to increase its ability to help more families
- Being a role model for others in the community
- A significant length of service
2015 – Steve Clineburg
2014 – Jennifer Swann
2013 – Fred Petze
2012 – Dick Deerin
2011 – Kim Cassady
2010 – Doug Collison
2009 – Miles Circo
2008 – Jackalyn Noller
2007 – Anne Croker
2006 – Franklin Hawkins
2005 – Peggy Neviaser