United States featured location: Lake-Sumter, Florida
Lake County, Florida is situated in close proximity to area attractions, as well as scenic lakes, rivers, beaches. Beautiful views, pristine environments, and flawless weather make Eustis an ideal location for year-around volunteering and tourism.
In 2011, more than 13 percent of the overall population in Lake County was living in poverty. Twenty-five percent of children under the age of 18 were below the poverty level. The effects of poverty and its prevalence account for numerous issues facing Lake County today – including the need for safe, affordable housing.
Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter’s first home was completed in March of 1990. To date, the affiliate has provided affordable housing to more than 203 families, as well as 157 families in Mexico through their international tithe program. Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter is also proud of its current Veterans Housing, VolunTourism, and Disaster Response initiatives.
Types of construction for volunteers
Volunteers will participate in new construction and rehab construction as well as a wide-range of community engaging activities (including, but not limited to, neighborhood revitalization and service projects).
Construction dress code
Modest clothing, which may get messy, and closed-toed shoes are acceptable. Please do not wear any of the following to any work site: sandals, flip-flops, low-cut tops, tank tops, tube tops, sleeveless shirts, short-shorts or clothing with offensive language or art.
Teams are responsible for organizing their own transportation.
Teams are provided breakfast and lunch during workdays. Teams will also be provided dinner during orientation and Rally Night activities. Additionally, teams will have access to water at all times. Vending machines are available in the housing facility.
Teams will enjoy accommodations in our spacious and newly remodeled campus in Eustis, Florida. Teams will have access to climate-controlled accommodations in bunk-style beds in 10-person sleeping rooms. The bathhouses feature private shower and changing areas. Laundry facilities are also available. Amenities include basketball, volleyball, Ping-Pong, table games, wireless Internet, media room, and computer workstations.
Hosting structure and services
Teams will coordinate with the community engagement team through the registration process. Once registered, teams will work with the volunteer coordinator and marketing and social events coordinator, who will assist them prior and during their stay.
Monday: Arrive by 5 p.m. for mandatory orientation (dinner included).
Tuesday: Work from 8-3 p.m.
Wednesday: Work from 8-3 p.m.
Thursday: Work from 8-3 p.m., followed by mandatory rally-team building night (dinner included).
Friday: Work from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., followed by educational activities during afternoon.
Saturday: Free day.
Sunday: Depart by 9 a.m.
View the standard budget.
10-90 team members. If larger groups wish to participate, special accommodations and arrangements will be needed.
Dates are generally available year-round. However, availability may be limited at some points during the year due to special events and specialty builds.
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.