December 5, 2011
Bratislava (December 5, 2011) – Today, on International Volunteer Day, Habitat for Humanity thanks more than 5,000 local and international volunteers in Europe and Central Asia. In 2011 that many people travelled from Europe to Africa or Asia to help complete homes for families in need of a decent home or came to build in the lesser developed parts of this region.
The Big Build event that takes place every year at the beginning of October in Romania is the biggest volunteering event in Europe and Central Asia. This year, at one point almost 1,000 people worked on the site to build 10 homes for Roma families. This was the first project that aimed to integrate Roma families and local communities. Previous Big Builds in Romania delivered houses for the former orphans raised in state institutions.
Don Haszczyn, Europe and Central Asia vice-president for Habitat for Humanity International, said, “Habitat for Humanity relies on volunteers to help achieve its vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat volunteers come from all parts of the world to help tackle housing poverty.”
“A decent home transforms lives. It opens the doors to improved health, better education, greater economic opportunities and increased community spirit,” he added. Every year thousands of people volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in Europe in Central Asia region, whether on a construction site, through fundraising or becoming a volunteer board member.
Volunteers provide manpower that allows poor families to build homes and perform home renovations at a considerably lower cost. Volunteer teams come from within a country or from overseas, they are called the Global Village teams. Business corporations, schools and colleges, churches, civic groups and other organizations can organize and send teams.
Volunteer trips with Habitat usually last from one to two weeks. During this time volunteers work on a construction site building homes together with team members and homeowner families.
To learn about different ways you can make a meaningful change in this world – visit our Global Village  section on the web.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian nonprofit organization dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built and renovated more than 500,000 homes worldwide. In Europe and Central Asia, Habitat works in 23 countries with partners, donors and volunteers from the region. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.habitateurope.org