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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?

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.