If you are searching for an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people while experiencing the wonders of a beautiful location, we invite you to join us for Habitat’s summer build in Alaska! Our plan is to assemble an adventurous group of 21 volunteers who will become a team in addressing Anchorage’s low-income housing needs. No construction experience is necessary.
Anchorage sits in a geographic bowl, bounded by the Chugach Mountains to the north and east, and by the Cook Inlet to the west and south. With a population of 265,000, it is the largest city in Alaska (41 percent of the state’s population). The majority are Caucasian (approximately 75 percent), with the remaining 25 percent split between Native Alaskans, Asians, Hispanics and African-Americans.
Anchorage is the commercial center of Alaska and in many ways looks like any other major U.S. city, with shopping malls, housing developments and office buildings (primarily oil and government). There are two military bases nearby as well.
In general, team members should plan for a wide variety of weather. It may be 85 degrees and sunny in Anchorage but cold near glaciers, or it may rain frequently and be very cold in the mountains.
About Habitat for Humanity Anchorage
In January 1991, a group of Anchorage residents who believed in helping people help themselves began organizing to establish Habitat for Humanity Anchorage. HFHA officially affiliated with Habitat for Humanity International in June 1992, and works with people who live in substandard conditions, volunteers and donors throughout Anchorage.
Learn more at http://www.hfhanchorage.org.
Types of construction for volunteers
Construction for teams to Anchorage is typically on new homes. Tools and safety equipment are available, and each site is equipped with portable bathroom facilities.
Day 1 (Sunday, June 16): Arrive: Greeted at the Anchorage airport by team leader; dinner and team meeting.
Day 2 (Monday, June 17): Orientation; group activity.
Days 3–6 (Workdays, Tuesday, June 18- Friday, June 21): Breakfast before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; time for team activities. Special events throughout the week: local activities; community dinners.
Days 7–9 (Saturday, June 22- Monday, June 24): Cultural touring and sightseeing in the Homer area. The team will be staying in heated yurts at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. Optional hiking, kayaking and tide-pooling excursions will be offered.
Days 10–13 (Workdays, Tuesday, June 25–Friday, June 28): Work days, same as above. Farewell and house blessing on Friday afternoon.
Day 14 (Saturday, June 29): Cultural activity; Kenai Fjords visit.
Day 15 (Sunday, June 30): Departure day.
Teams stay in local churches with fully equipped kitchens available for teams to prepare meals. There are clean, adequate bathroom facilities at all churches. Showering facilities are available 24 hours a day at a local health club; teams will not be showering at the host church. Twin size air mattresses are provided. Habitat Anchorage has sleeping bags to loan to team members, but most participants choose to bring their own sleeping bags or purchase an inexpensive one in Anchorage.
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)
Build a better world: Take the Global Village Challenge
Habitat for Humanity International is challenging Global Village volunteers to make an even greater impact on the global issue of poverty housing. We are asking all GV teams to help us raise an additional $1.1 million in the coming year to support Habitat’s building projects worldwide. Take up the challenge! Join us in sharing our story and building a better world!
Todd Hicks and Danielle Rotger will be recruiting the participants for this itinerary.
Danielle is very excited to be a part of Habitat for Humanity and co-lead this team to Anchorage, Alaska. This will be her third build with Habitat since 2011. She led a team to Kauai, Hawaii in June 2012 and built in Anchorage, Alaska in June 2011. Danielle is motivated to spread her experience of Habitat Global Village with each of you.
Todd is hooked on summers in Alaska. This will be his 11th trip to the 49th state since 1998, each time with Habitat. He has also led Global Village teams in Papua New Guinea, Trinidad, Fiji and Botswana. Todd loves his work in the undergraduate admission office at Santa Clara University. When he is not reading applications or talking with prospective students, he enjoys the arts and outdoor activities. Most of all he loves – and is humbled by—being a parent.