How You Can Help
LCHFH urgently needs help in the following areas: fundraising, grant writing, public relations, volunteer coordinating, church relations, family selection/support, and construction. In all of those areas except church relations, we have board positions to fill.
However, you do not have to be a board member to help. Our goal is for each board member to serve as liaison with the rest of the board, set priorities, and oversee progress, with the support of a volunteer crew that pitches in when and where they can. Whatever you have to offer, there is a role for you.
Fundraising/Development Coordinator is responsible for:
- Spearheading fundraising events (we currently have one annual event, Hammerjam music festival)
- Overseeing our mailing campaign (we currently do an annual appeal in December)
- Approaching individual donors, with board support
- Organizing a small crew of volunteers
- Identifying new fundraising opportunities. For example, we would like to explore having churches do an occasional spaghetti supper/pancake breakfast/chicken pie supper, etc.
The Fundraising/Development Coordinator would collaborate with the Church Liaison.
Fundraising/Development crew could perform individual tasks from stuffing envelopes to helping organize or staff a spaghetti supper or other special event.
Grant Writer is responsible for: researching potential grant opportunities, consulting with the Board of Directors, and applying for appropriate grants. Crew could help with researching suitable grants or putting together data/documentation for grants.
Public Relations Chair is responsible for:
- Increasing LCHFH's visibility in the county
- Increasing understanding of how Habitat for Humanity works internationally, of the need here in Lamoille County, and of how LCHFH is working to address that need
- Designing brochures, flyers, newspaper articles, social media postings and web page content
- Visiting local organizations and helping build relationships with local businesses
Tasks for Public Relations support crew could include social media postings, preparing a brochure, putting up flyers, staffing a table at a farmer's market, etc.
Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for:
- Working with the full board to recruit volunteers for board positions, and helping individual chairs recruit their support crews
- When we are building, coordinating with the Construction Chair regarding needs and recruiting and scheduling construction volunteers (including by working with local employers and organizations for team builds)
- Coordinating with the Public Relations Chair and Church Liaison to promote awareness of our work
Crew could help get the word out in their communities (e.g., posting to Front Porch Forum in their communities, gathering contact info of people who would like to help Habitat, posting flyers).
Church Relations Chair is responsible for:
- Developing/updating our contact list for local churches/faith-based organizations
- Working through these contacts, soliciting help from congregations (for fundraisers, builds, committees etc.) and referring volunteers to appropriate board members
Support crew would act as liaisons with individual churches to get the word out and coordinate projects.
Family Selection/Support Chair is responsible for:
- Educating the public about qualifying to be a Habitat partner family
- Assisting families with the application process
- Serving as a liaison between the family selected and the board
- Ensuring that expectations to the family are clear, paperwork is complete, and concerns (on either side) are addressed
- Helping the family stay on track with their sweat equity
- Working to empower the family to become successful homeowners by increasing and developing knowledge in life skills such as budgeting and home maintenance
Support crew could serve on the Family Selection Committee that reviews applications. This would be a steady ongoing commitment for the duration of the selection process.
Construction Team is responsible for all aspects of the build, including:
- Advising on site selection
- Reviewing house plans
- Choosing materials/technologies
- Developing the budget
- Planning the work
- Coordinating with the Volunteer Coordinator
- Supervising volunteers during construction at the site
- Ordering materials and supplies
- Working with subcontractors
- Monitoring costs
- Meeting deliveries/picking up supplies
The division of labor between the Construction Chair (a board position) and other committee members has yet to be determined. There will be a variety of construction roles; contact us if you would like to be a member of the crew, at whatever level.