United States featured location: Corvallis, Oregon
The region around Corvallis, Oregon and Benton County is called the “Heart of the Willamette Valley.” Corvallis offers access to beautiful waterfalls, mountain hikes, and the Oregon Coast. In the summer, the weather is usually bright and sunny, with occasional cloudy days.
Benton Habitat for Humanity has been building houses in Corvallis, Philomath, and Alsea since 1991, averaging about two houses per year. In 2012, the affiliate added a home repair initiative to serve a growing community need.
For a single parent family with one child to afford a two-bedroom unit at the Fair Market Rent, the household must earn $34,332 annually. There are 9,130 households in Benton County that earn $26,326 or less. In fact, someone earning the Oregon State minimum wage must work 84 hours per week in order to afford basic expenses. The decrease in high paying jobs, lack of available land, and the growth of Oregon State University are some of the many uncontrollable factors that contribute to the growing demand for affordable housing in the county.
Types of construction for volunteers
The construction varies depending on the progress of the homes. Some of the tasks include framing, roofing and siding. Volunteers may also have the opportunity to work on a home repair project. All tools and construction site materials will be provided by the affiliate.
Anywhere in Benton County, typically Corvallis or Philomath
Lodging is arranged with Oregon State University. Teams stay in the OSU dorms. University dining and laundry facilities are located nearby.
Food and water
Teams eat breakfast on campus. Local churches and businesses provide lunch at the site. The welcome and farewell dinner is arranged by the affiliate, and the team leader arranges the other dinners.
Hosting structure and services
The affiliate provides support to team leaders throughout the planning process. Affiliate staff will coordinate lodging at the OSU dorms, lunches, and suggest sightseeing activities. The team leader will be responsible for choosing the itinerary and arranging for dinners, except welcome and farewell dinners. 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 Portland, Oregon.
Day 1 (usually Saturday): Arrive in Portland; team stays overnight at hotel nearby (double occupancy).
Day 2: Ride in rented van to Corvallis; orientation; hike at Silver Falls.
Days 3-5: Build and local sightseeing.
Day 6: Day trip to the Oregon coast.
Days 7-8: Build; local sightseeing; farewell dinner.
Day 9: Departure.
Volunteer Engagement specialist
If you have read the FAQs and have further questions before you submit a Global Village trip proposal, please contact the regional volunteer engagement specialist.