A ministry of love to meet the basic need
for affordable, safe and respectable housing.

Volunteer Info

Our volunteers construct houses, serve on committees, file, answer phones, recruit volunteers, seek donations, give presentations to groups and more. This gift of time allows us to fulfill our mission. They range from students to retirees, from skilled trades people to weekend do-it-yourselfers, from church and synagogue members to co-workers from large and small businesses. The common desire is to take part in something meaningful – to help build affordable quality homes for qualified working families.

To volunteer or just request additional information you should contact us:

Event and Volunteer Coordinator: Lisa Thomas
Email: coordinator@newberghabitat.org
Phone: (503) 537-9938
Fax: (503) 554-1999

Volunteer Opportunities

Family Support: Build relationships with partner families; working with them before, during and after the build. Give the families personal interactions that enable transitions to go smoothly. Ensures that sweat equity hours are performed in a timely manner, that a reasonable family budget is in place, and that any concerns the family might have are addressed. Serve as the partner family's guide and resource as they become homeowners.

Building: Handle every detail pertaining to the actual construction of each home. Work with the city planning commission, architect, civil engineer and in-kind contributors to help set up a building schedule and construction plan. Review all the details relevant to the building plans and construction (knowledge of construction and building is key).

Public Relations: Publicize the good works of Newberg Area Habitat for Humanity. This includes presentations, writing press releases, talking with the press, taking photographs, helping with the newsletter, and other opportunities to speak to the public about Newberg Area Habitat for Humanity that arise. It is helpful to have a background in public speaking and enjoy interacting with the public. Also help with the new Habitat Yearbook project. Interested in scrapbooking, photography, graphic design or writing? Collect and organize photographs, images, testimonials and quotes, and other appropriate materials to document the building process and progress throughout the build to be made into a yearbook/journal and slideshow/video that will then be shown at various events and presentations.

Family Selection: An ad hoc team is formed when Newberg Area Habitat for Humanity is ready to accept homeowner applications. You must have complete knowledge and understanding of the family selection criteria, a familiarity working with confidential subject matter, and a commitment to finding the right partner family.

Finance: Do you have special skills and/or knowledge relating to finance and bookkeeping, budgeting and cash flow analysis? Understand the finances of a nonprofit? QuickBooks? Payroll?

Site Development/Acquisition: Volunteers are needed to help our affiliate examine and explore available building lots in our service area. Work with local developers, property owners and realtors to discuss land options for future projects. Volunteers will gather and collect property-related information, and analyze results, as well as prepare to share pertinent information with the board.

Church Relations: Formed of liaisons of local churches who seek to strengthen Habitat for Humanity's relationship with the faith community. Work to ensure Habitat's Apostles Build project moves forward and that congregations and church officers are kept informed of progress, schedules and Habitat-related news.

Events: Do you like to help with events? Do you have an interest in being a part of the planning and preparation process for events? Volunteers will aid the Event and Volunteer Coordinator with the planning and implementation of our future events. Volunteers will meet to discuss details and arrangements of upcoming events and would help with set-up and clean-up of events as well.

Board of Directors: After showing a demonstrated interest in our affiliate's mission and goals, an ideal board member will then possess experience and/or knowledge in at least one of the following areas: human resources, planning, fund raising, building, finance, community relations, or organizational operation. Six to ten hours per month is the expected time commitment distributed among board meeting preparation and attendance, related committee activities, and other special requests. Other responsibilities include counseling the executive director as appropriate and exercising prudence in the control and transfer of funds. If interested in learning more about joining the board, please contact the office for more information and a complete job description.

Volunteer Information

If you would like be contacted regarding opportunities to volunteer at Newberg Area Habitat for Humanity, please submit the form below:

Please indicate your area(s) of interest:

ReStore - Clerk/Donation Pick Up
Building Site - Construction/Landscape
A Brush with Kindness Projects
Meal Preparation - Provide Lunches to Building Site
Mailings - Assemble Bulk Mailings
Committees - Help Serve our Community in a Variety of Capacities