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Habitat volunteers bridging the gap between families and homeownership

December 5, 2009

BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA (December, 2009) – International Volunteer Day, observed by the world on December 5th, was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985. It is now celebrated worldwide with thousands of volunteers involved in a range of initiatives including clean-up campaigns, conferences, exhibitions, and many other activities all aimed to highlight the role of volunteers in their communities.

Volunteering is one of the central concepts of Habitat for Humanity. There are a myriad of ways to be involved with Habitat’s work, from taking part in the Global Village program, when people travel to destinations throughout the globe to build alongside families in need simple, decent homes, to laboring on a local construction site.

Special project volunteers serve on various specialized assignments. These people help Habitat for Humanity affiliates, national offices or area offices to support projects and programs in areas such as administration, finance, communication, construction management, research, special events, resource development and volunteer coordination.

Habitat volunteers from all walks of life work to bridge the gap between families and homeownership. Annually, Habitat for Humanity mobilizes more than 750,000 volunteers. The goal is to double the number by the year 2013.

More than ever, Habitat needs volunteers, people with diverse skills sets who are willing to contribute to the cause of simple, decent housing.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian non-profit organisation dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built and renovated more than 350,000 homes worldwide. In Europe and Central Asia, Habitat works in 20 countries with partners, donors and volunteers from the region. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.habitateurope.org.