How to Get Involved

Not exactly sure which volunteer opportunities are right for you? Check out our volunteer recommendations:

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Corporate Groups

Each year corporate groups contribute a significant number of volunteer hours to Pensacola Habitat for Humanity. We appreciate the commitment these community members make to our organization and its mission. Most corporate groups choose to participate in Framing projects, but we also have volunteers from the military serving with the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NR), at the ReStore, and on Committees.

If your organization is looking to further strengthen its partnership with Pensacola Habitat, we’d love to meet with you to discuss other ways to become more involved.  Otherwise, consider:

  • Preparing and delivering food to volunteer groups on Habitat work sites or for meetings and events.
  • Host a ReStore Roadshow – Hold an event for your company to donate home furnishings at a centralized location, date and time. The ReStore will gladly be on hand to collect and load donated items.

Contact Melanie Jacobi, Director of Volunteer Services at 850-434-5456 or at mjacobi@pensacolahabitat.org for more information or to set up a meeting.

Military Groups

Each year military groups contribute countless volunteer hours to Pensacola Habitat for Humanity.  We appreciate these service men and women and their commitment to both our country and to our community.  Most military groups choose to participate in Framing projects, but we also have volunteers from the military serving with Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NR), at the ReStore, and on Committees.

School Groups

  • High School Groups

High school groups are invited to bring 14-18 year old students to help with Painting, Landscaping, or Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NR) Projects.  One chaperone is required for every five 14-15 year olds; one chaperone is required for every ten 16-17 year olds.

These projects are generally scheduled 1-3 weeks ahead of time.  Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (850) 434-5456×115 or volunteer@pensacolahabitat.org to have your name added to the list of interested high school groups.  We will contact you when these opportunities become available.

  • College Groups

Pensacola Habitat for Humanity works with local and visiting college students to plan both one day and weeklong projects.

Local groups may be interested in scheduling Framing, Painting, Landscaping, or Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NR) Projects, which may be scheduled by contacting our Volunteer Coordinator at (850) 434-5456×115 or volunteer@pensacolahabitat.org

Interested in doing more?  Consider helping to form a Campus Chapter.

Groups traveling from out of town are invited to participate in a week long build through Collegiate Challenge.  For a small fee, you’ll get to build Tuesday-Friday.  We’ll arrange housing at a local church with showers and a kitchen, plus provide one meal while you’re in town and an awesome T-shirt!  A sample itinerary would look like this:

Saturday:  Travel day, if needed.  Housing on your own.
Sunday: Arrive in Pensacola, check-in to local housing, afternoon on your own
Monday: On your own to enjoy local activities, Welcome Dinner provided by Habitat
Tuesday-Friday: Build 8am-3pm, afternoons on your own
Saturday: Check out of local housing, travel day

For more information, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (850) 434-5456×115 or volunteer@pensacolahabitat.org

Faith Partner Groups

Pensacola Habitat for Humanity is always looking to strengthen our partnerships with local faith-based groups.  These groups are uniquely positioned to serve and we’d love to meet with you to discuss how we can grow together.  Here are some ways you may want to consider getting involved:

  • Prayer – Include Pensacola Habitat for Humanity in your prayers or on your prayer list.
  • Fundraising Support – Each Habitat home costs approximately $75,000 to build.  While we do receive some support from state government, local donations help us to build houses for low income working families.  Donations of property are also needed.
  • Outreach – Do you know someone in need of stable housing?  Include Habitat info in your church newsletter or bulletin.  Invite Habitat to speak to your congregation or another community group.   Host a Habitat housing applicant meeting.
  • Construction volunteers – Volunteer with a group or as an individual. Pensacola Habitat builds 8am-3pm, Tuesday – Saturday, as new construction projects are available.
  • Join a volunteer committee – We have numerous volunteer committees including: Family Selection, coaches and ReStore Committees.
  • Meals – Prepare and deliver food to volunteer groups on Habitat work sites or for meetings and events.
  • Host a Collegiate Challenge Group – Each December-March Pensacola Habitat hosts groups of 10-15 college students who come to Pensacola to build over Winter/Spring break.  Groups are housed at local churches willing to donate space (shower facilities, kitchen facilities and willingness to share space for 6 nights).
  • Host a Homeowner Dedication Ceremony – Every 3 months Pensacola Habitat hosts a group dedication for homeowners who have recently signed their mortgage.  This worship service lasts approximately 1 hour and is held on a Sunday afternoon at 4:00 pm.
  • Habitat ReStore – Shop, donate or volunteer at the Habitat ReStore, discount home improvement store featuring building supplies, home furnishing items, appliances and more. Profits from sales support Habitat’s mission.
  • Host a ReStore Roadshow – Hold an event for your congregation to donate home furnishings at a centralized location, date and time.  The ReStore will gladly be on hand to collect and load donated items.
  • Vehicle Donation – Donate a car, truck, boat, RV or other vehicle to Habitat’s Cars for Homes vehicle donation program by calling 1-877-277-HFHI or online at www.carsforhomes.org.

Please contact Melanie Jacobi, Director of Volunteer Services, at (850) 434-5456×115 or mjacobi@pensacolahabitat.org for more information on getting your group involved.

Individuals

As an individual, there are many ways to volunteer with Pensacola Habitat for Humanity.  You might be interested in:

Youth

Pensacola Habitat for Humanity encourages youth participation and this is an area we’re always looking to expand.  Here is how youth can get involved at this time:

  • 14-15 year olds

There are several ways you can get involved, but you’ll need to come with a mentor 21 or older (specifics vary, depending on the job) and your parents or guardian will need to sign a youth waiver.  Here are some things you might like to do:

  • 16-17 year olds

There are several ways you can get involved, but you’ll need to come with a mentor 21 or older (specifics vary, depending on the job) and your parents or guardian will need to sign a youth waiver.  Here are some things you might like to do:

School or Court-ordered Community Service

If you are volunteering with Pensacola Habitat for school or court-ordered Community Service hours you must first attend a volunteer orientation prior to signing up to volunteer.  Volunteer orientations are held the first Wednesday of the month from 12-1 pm and the third Wednesday of the month from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.  Please confirm your attendance by calling 850-434-5456 and ask to speak with Melanie Jacobi or Kevin Thomas to be added to the list.

For court-ordered community service, you will need to bring a valid form of ID and a copy of your probation papers stating your charges to the orientation.  Your charges will be verified by the Volunteer Department prior to starting your first volunteer shift.  Pensacola Habitat for Humanity does not accept all court-order offenses and reserves the right to not accept all court ordered volunteers.

We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or sources of income.