Volunteer on a Committee

Committee Volunteering at Habitat Philadelphia

Volunteer on a Committee

Our volunteers do more than build houses!  Committee members are essential to Habitat’s growth.  We welcome your expertise, connections and passion on one of the committees that plans and maintains Habitat’s programs.

ReStore Advisory Committee:

The ReStore Committee (RC) works with ReStore Manager, providing guidance to Habitat Philadelphia’s ReStore Retail Outlet program. The ReStore Committee serves as the mechanism by which Board members, Partner families and volunteers are involved in the affiliate’s retail outlet program.  The ReStore Committee is charged with focusing the Retail outlet to serve optimally as a profit making vehicle for the affiliate to maximize their efforts in funding affordable housing in the Philadelphia area; serve as a community resource in the area it is located; and serve as a County-wide resource for Philadelphia residents.  This includes: Determining and locating retailers/business owners who might become donors; assisting in targeting advertising and marketing efforts to increase donations and sales; and assisting in promoting Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia ReStore locally at community events.  For more information please contact Javier Lanchang, ReStore Manager, at javierl@habitatphiladelphia.org or 215 765 6000 x53.

Building on Faith Committee:  

The purpose of the Building on Faith Committee is to recognize, celebrate, provide support for, reach out to, and increase participation from the local Faith Community for Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia. The Building on Faith Committee is charged with (1) supporting current coalitions and faith communities, (2) identifying and cultivating faith communities not yet involved with Habitat for Humanity and (3) planning activities aligned with Habitat’s mission to engage faith communities. For more information contact Zach Wilcha, Development Manager of Faith Relations, at zachw@habitatphiladephia.org or 215-765-6000 x19.

Family Services Committee:

The Family Services Committee (FSC) works with the Family Services team, providing support to Habitat Philadelphia’s Family Services program. The FSC serves as the mechanism by which board members, community volunteers, and Habitat Homeowners are involved in the Partner Family selection and Partner Family support processes.  This dynamic committee is charged with two primary tasks: Homeowner Partner Family selection and Homeowner Partner Family support. As a Selection Committee, the group is charged with the task of objectively and confidently determining which homeownership applicant families qualify to become a homeownership Partner Family.  This process includes, but is not limited to,: soliciting and screening low-to-moderate income applicants for the homeowner program; interviewing prospective families; and recommending qualified applicants to the Board for acceptance into Habitat’s Homeowner program.  As a Support Committee, the group helps families to succeed during the sweat equity process and as a homeowner.  The entire committee as a group supports partner families, but more one-on-one support can be provided by assigning a Family Advocate to work individually with each partner family.  For more information contact Rebecca Saadeh, Family Services Program Manager, at 215 765 6000 x13 or rebeccas@habitatphiladelphia.org.

Building Hope Luncheon Committee:

The Building Hope Luncheon Committee supports the Executive and Development teams in planning and orchestrating Habitat Philadelphia’s annual fundraising event – the Building Hope Luncheon. Committee members will advise on format, logistics and fundraising strategies to ensure a successful event.  Committee members will also serve as champions of Habitat’s mission and important social connectors – helping to raise awareness, secure funding and elevate Habitat Philadelphia’s profile as an organization. For more information contact Corinne O’Connell, Associate Executive Director, at 215-765-6000 x22 or corinneo@habitatphiladelphia.org.

Resource Development Committee:

The Resource Development Committee (RDC) works with the Executive Director and Development team, providing guidance to Habitat Philadelphia’s development program. The RDC serves as the mechanism by which board members and other volunteers are involved in the fundraising process.  The RDC is charged with focusing the organization and its board of directors on essential elements in the fundraising process. This includes: paying close attention to the current strength of the affiliate’s mission and case for support, acknowledging Habitat Philadelphia’s diverse constituencies, understanding the resources required to carry out Habitat Philadelphia’s mission, assisting in raising the necessary funds and demonstrating good stewardship of the funds received. For more information contact Carolyn McLaughlin, Associate Director of Development, at 215-765-6000 x21 or carolynm@habitatphiladelphia.org.

Habitat Young Professionals Committee:

Habitat Young Professionals (HYP) Committee works with the Development team to develop unique networking, team-building and fundraising activities.   The HYP serves as a vehicle through which the larger population of local young professionals can engage (or re-engage) with Habitat Philadelphia.  Members of HYP are hard-working young Philadelphians committed to tackling poverty housing in Philadelphia through volunteering and fundraising for Habitat Philadelphia.  For more information contact Kristin Caldwell, Development Associate, at kristinc@habitatphiladelphia.org or 215 765 6000 x14.

Site Acquisition and Construction Committee:

The Site Acquisition and Construction Committee (SACC) works with the Project Planning and Construction staff, providing guidance to Habitat Philadelphia’s homeownership program. The SACC serves as the mechanism by which board members and other volunteers are involved in the primary project planning and construction specification process.  The SACC is charged with assisting the project planning and construction staff to accomplish Habitat Philadelphia’s mission and to formally approve housing development proposals through approvals of property acquisition, building plans, and housing development budgets. This includes: ensuring appropriate neighborhood and site selection for partner family success, maintaining the highest possible level of construction practices, keeping construction costs within budget, incorporating volunteer labor and in-kind materials and services, ensuring production level is as high as possible, ensuring that home design is appropriate for neighborhood location and budget, and building houses that are within Habitat for Humanity standards.  For more information please contact Troy Hannigan, Project Manager, at troyh@habitatphiladelphia.org or 215 765 6000 x29.

Weatherization and Home Repair Program (WHRP) Committee:

The WHRP Committee works with the WHRP Department, providing guidance to Habitat Philadelphia’s Weatherization and Home Repair Program. The WHRP Committee serves as the mechanism by which WHRP families and their homes are selected to receive repair and weatherization services.  The WHRP Committee is composed of two sub committees: The WHRP Family Services Committee and the WHRP Construction Committee. The Family Services Sub-committee is responsible for family outreach, selection and support.  This includes: Attending monthly meetings and doing field work such as community outreach sessions and home visits.  The Construction Sub-Committee is responsible for assisting WHRP staff with home assessments as well as repair and weatherization work order development and approval.  This includes: Attending monthly committee meetings and participating in field work such as home assessments and energy audits. For more information please contact Emily Lucas, WHRP Director, at emilyl@habitatphiladelphia.org or 215 765 6000 x23.