Non-Construction Volunteers

Non-construction volunteers are regularly needed to support our mission.

There are many ways to volunteer with Essex County Habitat that don’t involve building:

  • Work behind the scenes in the office
  • Donate your talent and expertise in an area such as real estate closings, site surveys, and other professional capacities that are an important component of our mission
  • Join one of our standing committees to assist us in executing our mission

Below is a list of some of the non-construction and professional volunteer opportunities that exist. If you are looking for volunteer work, we welcome any level of contribution.

Pro bono Professional Services
  • Provide legal expertise to vet closing documentations
  • Provide legal expertise to conduct real estate closings on behalf of our family partners
  • Develop architectural plans for a build
  • Support a build with sub-contracting professional services
Building Committee
  • Provide skilled leadership to inexperienced volunteers
  • Develop and implement safety policies at the work sites
  • Nurture relationships with vendors of building supplies and construction materials
  • Control and maintain building materials inventory
  • Manage the construction budget and implement cost controls
  • Be a site greeter/organizer
Development and Special Events Committee
  • Develop a variety of fundraising projects to support all building expenses
  • Coordinate fundraising programs
  • Help to nurture long term relationships with contributors
  • Assist in preparation of fundraising mailings
  • Coordinate special events
  • Take pictures of work site projects, dedication ceremonies, ground breaking, etc.
Site Selection Committee
  • Work with town offices to research and secure property
  • Provide technical council for determining site building feasibility
  • Provide legal counsel for acquiring properties
  • Monitor local papers for announcements of public real estate auctions
  • Talk to local realtors, banks, and developers about possible properties
Family Selection Committee
  • When homes become available publicize the application process in the community
  • Organize and attend the family informational meeting for interested families
  • Review and process all applications
  • Conduct applicant home visits
  • Prepare homeowner recommendations for Board of Directors
  • Attend special meeting to select family
Faith Relations Committee
  • Present Essex County Habitat (ECHFH) Mission to people they know and meet
  • Develop, nurture and sustain relationships with new and current  faith communities
  • Attend Faith Relations Committee meetings to develop and work a plan to achieve strategic goals, both short and long term
  • Ask faith-based organizations to volunteer and donate to meet ECHFH Mission
Volunteer Committee
  • Support the overall volunteer recruitment efforts for the affiliate
  • Identify new volunteer groups/businesses interested in team building days
  • Collaborate with other local community non-profits in community events
  • Help to identify partner opportunities for construction, ReStore and administration volunteers
  • Engage local veteran and women groups for expansion within these communities
ReStore Committee
  • Support the overall ReStore goals
  • Attend ReStore Committee meetings to develop and work a plan to achieve strategic goals, both short and long term
  • Help to identify partner opportunities for the ReStore – donors, shoppers, volunteers
  • Help to identify potential sites for additional ReStore locations within communities that we serve
  • Engage local groups for expansion within communities that we serve
  • Collaborate with other local community non-profits in community events
Marketing Committee
  • Support the overall marketing efforts for the affiliate
  • Develop and work a plan to achieve strategic goals, both short and long term
  • Support marketing efforts in community events
  • Develop, nurture and sustain relationships with new and current media outlets
  • Help identify marketing opportunities
  • Help with social media / website / blog / press releases / marketing collateral

How to Learn More

Email the Volunteer Coordinator for more information or call 978-681-8858 for more information.