United States featured location: Central Arizona
The greater Phoenix area is a city of transplants, with a large part of the population coming from different parts of the U.S. and Mexico. It’s also home to a number of Native American tribes. With people from so many places, Phoenix has a rich and diverse culture. Phoenix’s mild climate makes it a favored destination during the winter months. The great weather also allows Phoenix to host Cactus League Spring Training baseball. Half of the Major League’s teams spend March in the area warming up for the upcoming season.
Since its founding in 1985, Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona has built, renovated, or repaired 957 homes. The affiliate focuses on green building with framed walls and an exterior stucco finish.
Maricopa County has a population of four million people, with more than 11 percent living at or below the poverty level. Most are employed in blue collar, service or farming industries. Jobs are declining, and most of any new jobs are created in the lower paying industries. These families need affordable housing options.
Types of construction for volunteers
Volunteers help in all aspects of new construction: digging foundations, framing, roofing, installing windows and doors, insulation, sheet rock, painting and finish work. Volunteers may also support the Habitat ReStore, which produces funds for new homes and keeps materials out of landfills. All tools and construction site materials will be provided.
Phoenix and surrounding cities.
Teams select their own lodging. There are several area lodging facilities that give discounted rates and will work with the team leaders to meet their lodging needs. The budget is for double occupancy in a local hotel or guesthouse.
Food and water
Water is available on site. Breakfast is typically available at the lodging site. Affiliate will help with work site lunches and dinners will be primarily at local restaurants. Some meals will be provided by the affiliate.
Hosting structure and services
The affiliate will provide support to team leaders throughout the planning process. The construction supervisor organizes and trains all volunteers for the work to be done on the site.
The team will travel in rented vehicles.
The team will fly into Phoenix
Day 1 (Arrival day, typically Monday): Greeted at the Phoenix airport by team leader; drive to hotel and meet volunteer coordinator; team dinner/meeting.
Days 2–6 (Workdays, Tuesday–Saturday): Breakfast at 7 a.m.; work on-site 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. with lunch on site; dinner at 7 p.m.; time for team activities.
Day 4 (Cultural Outing, half day Thursday): Breakfast at 7 a.m.; work on-site 8 a.m.–12 p.m. with lunch on site; cultural activity in afternoon
Day 7 (Departure Day, Sunday): Team departs.
*View costs included in the standard budget.
Volunteer Engagement specialist
If you have read the FAQs and have further questions before you submit a Global Village trip proposal, please contact U.S. volunteer programs manager Natalie Nuce at NNuce@habitat.org or 229-410-7972.