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Blitz Home Builders Volunteer Base
The Blitz Home Builders is comprised of hundreds of volunteers that come from all parts of the United States and around the world. Our volunteers have a wide variety of skill levels and experiences. Many have been working on Habitat for Humanity builds for over 15 years, other have just joined our group. Every year we have new faces on our builds, mostly recruited by word-of-mouth. Many volunteers come to the builds with their sons, daughters and even grand-children as a great way to learn new skills, meet a great group of people, see different parts of the country, and help out families in need. We range in age from 16 years old to over 70. Our volunteers come from a wide range of occupations including engineering, construction, finance, administration, fire-fighters, artists, realtors, retirees, students, etc. We are always looking for new volunteers of all skill levels; all you need is a willingness to learn. There is something for everyone to do at a Blitz Build!
There is a core group of BHB volunteers that have worked on hundreds of Habitat for Humanity blitz and standard builds with a variety of construction methods that wish to continue supporting an annual Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build at different locations across the United States. Many of these people have served not only as volunteers but also Crew Leads, House Leads, and some as multi-house build Site Leads, as well as local Habitat for Humanity affiliate Staff and Board Members. Others currently work in the construction industry bringing new building techniques and technologies to the group. The enthusiasm to support Habitat has trickled into their hometown lives where some have done major renovations on their personal residence, built their own custom homes or even owned their own construction companies. This core group of experienced volunteers and industry professionals make up the Blitz Home Builders Planning Committee.
Interested in partnering with us for a Blitz Build?
Every year the Blitz Home Builders are looking for an affiliate to partner with for a Blitz Build. This group will provide enthusiastic leadership and experience in support of an annual Blitz Build for Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the United States. Builds will preferably be scheduled in the summer or fall time frame. We would like to build the homes from the floor decking to completion within 7 or 8 days. If you are a Habitat for Humanity Affiliate and would like more information, please contact us below or fill out an Online Affiliate Questionnaire below.
how do you select where to build?
Habitat for Humanity affiliates can contact our Site Selection Committee. We ask the affiliate to fill out an Online Affiliate Questionnaire in order to help us evaluate the affiliate. Many aspects are taken into account when selecting an affiliate. Some aspects we look at include the amount of staff the affiliate has to support an accelerated build, the families in need, the sponsorships and funding for the houses, the local volunteer support, the construction type, etc. We also look at locations in term of logistics, such as how close to a major airport the build site would be, the availability of lodging in the area, and the weather and climate of the location. Many of our past affiliates have used a BHB Blitz Build as either a Kick-Off build or a Grand-Finale build for a neighborhood or project. A Blitz Home Builders Blitz Build is a great way to spur media attention in your area in order to cultivate volunteers and sponsors for your affiliate. Check out our Media and Awards page to see some of the past articles and news stories about past BHB Blitz Builds.
The Blitz Home Builders Site Selection Committee is typically looking for future affiliates 1 to 2 years in advance. A final selection is typically made between 6 and 12 months prior to the build. Once the selection has been made, the Planning Committee works closely with the affiliate to assist with all pre-build planning and logistics needed for the Blitz Build. The Blitz Home Builders bring years of accelerated Habitat for Humanity build experience to the table in order to help the affiliate coordinate volunteers, housing, construction planning, scheduling and logistics to ensure a successful build.