Learn more about RV Care-A-Vanners
Meet the volunteers who travel around the U.S. in their RVs building houses with Habitat’s partner families.
What do RV Care-A-Vanners do?
- We travel around the United States and Canada, helping local Habitat for Humanity affiliates build hundreds of houses annually.
- RV Care-A-Vanner volunteers participate in projects such as house construction, roofing, interior and finish work, renovations or disaster relief.
- Those who prefer non-construction activities can volunteer in the Habitat affiliate office, or act as “gofers” around the build site.
- Many RV Care-A-Vanners help local Habitat affiliates raise the awareness of poverty housing and homelessness by speaking to churches, civic groups and local media.
- Individual Care-A-Vanners often make donations to their local Habitat affiliate.
- Some even organize fundraising teams and sponsor entire houses.
Who can join RV Care-A-Vanners?
- Anyone with a recreational vehicle, motor home, fifth wheel or travel trailer.
- We welcome individual RV owner volunteers and organized groups.
- We also partner with special interest RV groups, including:
- Family Motor Coach Association Chapter: Habitat for Humanity
- Escapees RV Club Birds of a Feather: Habitat for Humanity
- RV manufacturer groups
- Travel clubs
How can I volunteer?
- Read registering for scheduled build to learn how to sign up.
What should I expect on a build?
- RV Care-A-Vanner build events normally last two weeks and involve teams of eight to 20 volunteers.
- Build events usually begin with a welcome gathering thrown by the local Habitat host affiliate.
- The work days typically consist of a morning devotional, six to seven hours of building with morning, lunch and afternoon breaks. Lunches may be provided.
What should I bring and what will be provided?
- Bring sturdy work shoes, gloves, a tool belt, hammer, square, pencil and measuring tape.
- RV Care-A-Vanner volunteers each pay their own expenses, which may be tax deductible.
- The local Habitat host affiliate will provide free or low-cost RV parking, instruction, supervision, power tools, building materials and ladders.
- Volunteers can also expect at least minimal electric hookups, access to water and a nearby dump station.
- Due to safety and hygiene issues, pets are not permitted on the work site.