Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties

Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties is a nonprofit organization that builds or repairs safe, decent, and affordable homes in partnership with low-income families in Weber and Davis Counties.  They are a recognized affiliate of their parent organization, Habitat for Humanity International.  Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built or repaired over 600,000 homes and served over 3 million people worldwide.  Habitat’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.  Their Habitat affiliate here in Weber and Davis Counties is an all-volunteer organization that has no paid staff whatsoever, which means that they are completely dependent upon the help that both their short-term and more long-term volunteers can provide.  Each and every hour of your service can help a family in need!

Habitat offers two programs that benefit low-income families in Weber and Davis Counties: their Homeownership Program and their “A Brush with Kindness” program.

Homeownership Program

The goal of the Homeownership program is to partner with local low-income families to help them build or renovate, and then buy, their own safe, decent, and affordable homes.

Habitat is not a giveaway program, and thinks of themselves as offering a “hand up” rather than a “hand out.” Our partner families are required to contribute 300 - 500 hours of “sweat equity” to help build or renovate their own homes, and often the homes of others. And when construction is completed and a family has met all of our program requirements, the family buys their home at a no-profit price and with a no-interest loan that offers affordable monthly payments.

The bottom line is that this program works!  Despite these difficult economic times, all of Habitat’s partner families still live in their Habitat homes and continue to make their monthly mortgage payments in a timely manner.

How does Habitat do it?

  1. Habitat selects partner families based on income, need and willingness to partner.
  2. Habitat affiliates use volunteer labor and donated materials to keep costs low and take no profit for their services.
  3. A no-interest loan is made to the homeowner to cover the cost of the project. Payments made by the homeowners are placed in a revolving fund to help serve others in need.

How to Get Involved with Habitat

“A Brush with Kindness” program

During 2010, Habitat also began offering services to existing low-income homeowners through their “A Brush with Kindness” program.  The goal of the “A Brush with Kindness” program is to help struggling homeowners to complete much-needed exterior home repairs, maintenance, or improvement projects.  When projects can be completed by simply assisting with the labor to perform them, Habitat provides these services free of charge through volunteers’ generous donations of their labor.  If Habitat must purchase materials in order to complete a project---e.g., paint, roofing materials, lumber, siding, fencing materials----homeowners repay them for the cost of those materials through the use of no-interest loans that offer affordable monthly payments.

For more information about both Habitat’s Homeownership program or their “A Brush with Kindness” program, please check their website at www.habitatwd.org or call them at (801) 475-9821.

Join a work party

WSU students get together on a given Saturday to help build homes for low-income families on a one-time, short-term, or long-term basis.  Habitat has contractors do the high-skilled jobs, and then volunteers use hammer and nails to do the manual labor.  It’s a lot of fun to get together and serve alongside friends, building a home for someone in need.

Join the Community Engaged Leaders Program

Habitat for Humanity is one of the organizations served under the WSU Community Engaged Leaders program. The Community Engaged Leaders Habitat for Humanity program recruits student volunteers for Habitat work parties. Community Engaged Leaders is a student-run community service program, and is part of WSUSA. It is comprised of a VP of Service, an Assistant Director, 4 Directors and 16 Chairs.  These student leaders are responsible for promoting community service within the student body, and they make community service opportunities accessible to students. You can apply to become the chair for any of the service leadership positions, including Habitat for Humanity chair, during early spring semester. Becoming a chair or volunteering with Habitat is a great way to meet new people and learn new skills. Learn more about the Community Engaged Leaders Habitat for Humanity program by visiting our page, or by emailing the current chair: wsu.habitatforhumanity@gmail.com.

Get Started

Email info@habitatwd.org or call (801) 475-9821 to be informed of upcoming volunteer opportunities!  Office hours are Monday through Friday, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Please note that Habitat’s office is staffed by volunteers, so if you don’t reach anyone, please leave a message so that they can return your call.  Thank you.

Fill out the new volunteer form.

All volunteers participating in work parties are required to complete a release form annually. Copies of the form are available at every work party or you can print and complete this copy of the Release and Waiver of Liability and bring it with you to the first work party you attend.

Volunteers under the age of 18 must provide a special version of the release form. This form requires the signature and approval of a parent or guardian. You can print and complete this copy of the Release and Waiver of Liability for Minors and bring it with you to the first work party you attend.
Contact info@habitatwd.org for more information.

 

Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties
2955 Harrison Boulevard, STE 202
Ogden, UT 84403
(801) 475-9821
habitatwd.org

 

The Center for Community Engaged Learning
2113 University Circle
Ogden, UT 84408-2113
801-626-7737
weber.edu/ccel