Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Manatee Habitat! Our team of dedicated and hard working volunteers are involved with just about every aspect of Habitat, from our construction sites to the ReStore and everything in between. Check out some areas below where you can help:
Interested in working with your hands in the great outdoors? Our construction volunteers are essential for Habitat's work in the community to build affordable housing. No experience necessary, just a positive attitude. We'll teach you everything you need to know! The build site opportunities are on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 730am to 12pm. What will YOU Build?
Did you know you didn't need to swing a hammer to help Habitat? Through the ReStore, every member of the community can be a part of the Habitat mission by shopping, donating, or volunteering. Every purchase at the ReStore goes toward helping Habitat build more affordable homes in the community. The ReStore is open from Tuesday - Saturdays from 9am to 7pm.
Habitat Young Professionals (HYP)
HYP is a network of passionate young professionals in Manatee County, ages 21 to 40, who raise awareness, donations, and volunteers for Manatee Habitat. With a strong focus on advocacy and outreach, we hope to build the next generation of Habitat leaders and make a positive impact on housing issues in Manatee County. HYP Meetings are the 1st Thursday of every month at 6pm.
A Brush with Kindness
Have a background in construction, interested in learning a new skill, or are pretty handy with a paintbrush? We're looking for skilled volunteers (or volunteers willing to learn a skill) to help out with our home preservation program, A Brush with Kindness. A Brush with Kindness partners with hardworking families, seniors, veterans, and persons with disabilities to help maintain the safety and security of their home. Qualifying homeowners with limited financial means may apply for short term assistance from Habitat with exterior repairs including roofs, windows, painting, and grab bar/wheelchair ramp installation.
Enjoy working with kids? The Youth Program at Manatee Habitat enriches the volunteer experiences of elementary, middle, and high school aged students. Through service learning projects, Habitat engages students with activities that allow them to conceptualize larger social issues like homelessness, affordable housing, and civic engagement.
At Manatee Habitat, we are committed to creating sustainable futures by helping our homeowners develop strategies for success in their homes. In our mentorship program, you'll partner with one hardworking Habitat homeowner to help them create a budget, enroll in continuing education, or even just navigating adulthood's tough moments.
Volunteers work with the Habitat office staff performing a wide range of administrative tasks. Our office assistants help us with the behind the scenes running of Habitat and are important members of the administrative team. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Refine your portfolio and contribute to a cause you care about by volunteering to take photos at our build sites, restore, and special events. Having great images us promote Habitat on our website, brochures, and on social media.