Habitat for Humanity was founded by Millard and Linda Fuller in Americus, Georgia in 1976. Since its foundation Habitat has built or renovated 600,000 homes, providing more than 3 million people with a simple, decent and affordable home.
Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner families. Habitat houses are then sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments go into a revolving fund that is used to build or renovate still more Habitat houses. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor—sweat equity—into building their Habitat home and the homes of others.
The projects and the families are selected by Habitat’s local affiliates, based on need, ability to pay back and willingness to partner.
Global Village is Habitat for Humanity’s international volunteer program. Anyone who can hold a hammer or a paint brush is welcome to the work of Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers provide man power that allows the building of homes or the making of renovations at considerably lower costs. Volunteers are also asked to cover their costs and make a donation to contribute to building costs.
Please visit the Global Village website if you are interested in volunteering with Habitat.