United States featured location: Flathead Valley, Montana
Flathead Valley features crystal clear lakes and rivers surrounded by majestic mountain ranges. The abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities and surrounding natural beauty has made the Flathead a favorite tourist destination. Local attractions include Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, the Jewel Basin Hiking Area, Whitefish Mountain Resort, Blacktail Mountain Ski Area, and Flathead Lake.
Since its founding in 1989, Habitat for Humanity of Flathead Valley has built 42 homes for qualified families. The affiliate is currently building 16 new town homes with a completion deadline of March 2015.
Flathead County housing costs are out of reach for low and middle-income households. These households may include professionals such as teachers, firefighters and police officers. Due to inflationary housing costs, many families are forced to reconsider whether they can continue to live and work in the county.
Types of construction for volunteers
Habitat for Humanity of Flathead Valley is building new town homes that are energy efficient. Volunteers help in all aspects of new construction: digging foundations, framing, roofing, installing windows and doors, appliances, insulation, painting and finish work. All tools and construction site materials will be provided by the affiliate.
Columbia Falls and Whitefish
Teams stay in a rented home or in a church option
Food and water
Water is available on site and lunch is provided each day. Breakfast is eaten at the lodging. The affiliate organizes welcome and farewell dinners, and other dinners are eaten in the local restaurants.
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 Glacier International Airport
Day 1 (Arrival day): Greeted at the airport by team leader; drive to lodging and meet volunteer coordinator; team dinner/meeting.
Days 2–5 (Workdays, Monday–Friday): 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 6 (Cultural Outing, Wednesday afternoon): Breakfast at 7 a.m.; work on-site 8 a.m.–12 p.m. then to Glacier National Park for cultural activity
Day 7 (Departure Day): Team departs.
*View costs included in the standard budget.
June, August, September, October
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 .