Habitat for Humanity and Similar DIY and Home Building Volunteer Programs

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Habitat for Humanity are probably the best-known and most publicized program of its kind. Since its beginning in 1976, Habitats for Humanity has built or remodeled over 300,000 houses around the world

What are some good volunteering programs that are similar to Habitat for Humanity? From the question, I’m assuming that you are looking for a program or for programs where you can use your repair person or handywoman skills to help the less fortunate of our society better their living conditions.

Habitat for Humanity is probably the best-known and most publicized program of its kind. Since its beginning in 1976, Habitats for Humanity has built or remodeled over 300,000 houses around the world, providing over 1.5 million people with better living conditions. Millard and Linda Fuller, the co-founders of Habitats for Humanity, had needy families working side by side with volunteers building the homes of their dreams and the media ate it up. The program grew rapidly and spread worldwide. It’s not only the biggest program of its kind; it’s also the promoted and funded program of its kind. However, there are other programs of the same or similar nature.

While volunteering with Habitats for Humanity in 1997 I heard of another program called Thrivent Builds, a Lutheran Financial group that puts together and finances groups of volunteers to work with Habitats for Humanity in their efforts to build homes for the needy in not only the Unites States but also all around the world. In 2008, Thrivent committed $24 million in resources to Habitats for Humanity making it possible for them to build 314 new homes. If you would like to find our more about Habitats for Humanity or Thrivent Builds and there working relationship, click here.

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