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Highland's Habitat House

Highland is again sponsoring the construction of a house through Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. Construction begins in early March 2022 and we hope to complete the house in time for a family to move in this summer. Once again, we are calling on your hard work, dedication, and generosity to help provide a deserving family a home. 

We are excited to be partnering with an Interfaith Coalition, a group of over 20 diverse faith communities in the Raleigh area. Each workday will give us a wonderful opportunity to work alongside members from a wide variety of faith traditions.

For those who may not be familiar, Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical organization dedicated to partnering with families and communities to build and preserve safe and affordable homes; they are also dedicated to advocating for better housing legislation.  

Register to Volunteer

You must sign-up on Habitat's Volunteer Hub to volunteer for a workday. This particular Hub is specifically for Highland volunteers and shows the workdays that we need to fill. Register at your convenience, sign the waiver of liability, attest to your COVID vaccination status and select volunteer dates as a member of Highland’s group.

(Note: This is an updated one-step process. If you signed up previously in two places, you now only need to do this one.)

If this is your first visit, click 'Register’ and continue to the next page. (If you registered before, even in a previous year, please log in using your username and password) Once you log in, you will automatically be directed to the schedule of events page, where you can select the date from Step 1 above. Click 'Sign Up' for each day you wish to register. (You will receive a confirmation email.)

Didn't get the day you wanted? Unfilled volunteer slots reserved for other faith communities can become available the week of your preferred workday.  Contact Pat Cronin or Tripp Pearce to see about those slots opening up.

Having trouble? Please contact Tripp Pearce (by e-mail or 919-434-1898) or  Patrick Cronin (by e-mail or 919-782-6474) for more information on Highland’s Habitat project or the sign-up process.

Our Build Schedule

Highland is assigned six Saturday workdays and asked to supply 7-8 volunteers each day.  Highland folks can also work on other Saturdays, as desired, if slots are available in the seven days leading up to each construction day.

Week Number Saturdays Build Partner
Day 1 March. 5, 2022 All congregations
Week 2 March 19, 2022 Islamic Assoc. of Raleigh
Week 4 April 2, 2022 Hindu Society/Jain
Week 6 April 23, 2022 Sikh Community
Week 8 May 7, 2022 Sai Center
Week 9 May 14, 2022 Triangle Interfaith Alliance

**Note: March 5 construction starts at the Habitat construction facility located at 3301 Jones Sausage Rd. in Garner. The walls will be built indoors during the morning and then all volunteers will travel to the home site to unload and then stand the walls.

Directions to Habitat construction facility

Directions to the home site in Apex

Additional Construction Volunteer Information

We need volunteers!

  • No experience is required, but volunteers must be registered with Habitat's Volunteer Hub (see above)
  • All volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Those under 18 must have a signed parental permission slip (available by contacting Tripp Pearce by email or 919-434-1898 or Patrick Cronin by e-mail or 919-782-6474)
  • Thursdays and Fridays: Work will take place on Thursdays and Fridays using non-Highland UMC volunteers. Anyone interested in working those days is welcome to come out. Please sign up for the appropriate day on the Habitat volunteer website. Individuals are responsible for their own lunches as no lunches will be provided.

Work Hours: Saturday sessions begin with a check in at 8:00 AM and run until about 4 PM.

What to wear: Good work shoes (boots are best, no sandals or open-toed shoes allowed but sneakers also work), clothes to get dirty in. Avoid loose fitting or baggy clothes.

What to bring:

  • Tools: Habitat provides all tools. Feel free to bring your own if you like (e.g., work gloves, hammer, tape measure, tool belt or nail apron, pencil).  PUT YOUR NAME ON ALL PERSONAL TOOLS.
  • Lunch: Lunch will be provided on Highland workdays
  • Protection from the sun: A good hat and sunscreen is always important when working outdoors.
  • Water: Bring a large bottle or three, enough to get through the day.

Inclement Weather: If the weather forecast for your scheduled workday is questionable, Habitat will notify you via text and email of any delays or cancellations before 7 AM.

COVID precautions - All volunteers must attest to having received at least one vaccination shot; All workers must wear masks indoors; All volunteers are required to sign a waiver in addition to taking a self-assessment of their health prior to arriving to site; hand-washing and sanitation stations are available on each site; tools and commonly touched areas are sanitized regularly.

Meet our Homeowner!

We're excited to get to know our Habitat homeowner, Courtney Maready. Courtney and her 5-year-old son Adrian look forward to moving into their new home after its completion this summer. Courtney is a teacher at South Lakes Elementary school and an active member and lay leader at United Church in Apex. We look forward to seeing Courtney out at the site on upcoming workdays!

Raising Funds to Raise the Roof - "A Home for the Holidays"

Thank you to everyone who helped us to successfully reach our fundraising goal of $32,500!! We look forward to breaking ground in early March 2022 in Apex. We are also looking forward to partnering with the Interfaith Coalition when we begin construction work.

Habitat Memories

Here are just a few of the images from Highland's last Habitat for Humanity house in 2019.