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Habitat for Humanity volunteers learn by doing on-site.

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity is in need of volunteers to help construct its most ambitious neighborhood to date.

New Heights, a multi-generational neighborhood is currently under construction and when complete will feature single family homes, two-story townhomes and single-level townhomes specifically designed for aging adults 55 years old and older. The community is located six miles from downtown Asheville off Old Haywood Road.

Volunteers will take an active role in ensuring everyone has an affordable place to call home by learning new skills or honing existing ones while working alongside community-minded people and future Habitat homeowners.

“Volunteers are truly an extension of our staff,” said Construction Services Volunteer Manager Stephanie Wallace. “We offer year-round opportunities for those age 16+. It’s hard work, but very rewarding. Stepping back at the end of the day, you can see the difference you’ve made and feel proud about it.”

Asheville Habitat has been bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope for nearly four decades. The reasons people donate their time and talent to Asheville Habitat are as varied as the volunteer themselves. But the reason they continue to volunteer is the same — comradery, meeting the families, fulfillment and fun. Overall, volunteers report that “Making a difference and feeling part of something bigger” is the ultimate reward.

For more information, visit ashevillehabitat.org, or call 828.251.5702.

It’s OK if Construction Isn’t Your Cup of Tea

There is more for volunteers to do at Habitat for Humanity. For example, those seeking to lend assistance to the organization’s efforts can volunteer in the Asheville and Weaverville ReStores.

Proceeds from ReStore sales support Habitat’s building programs, so volunteer efforts there directly support affordable housing, too. Volunteer positions include customer service, such as running the cash register and providing sales support on the floor; intake and receiving; sorting and processing donations; testing and repairing appliances; and other opportunities.

For more information, contact Carrie at 828-210-9381, or cburgin@ashevillehabitat.org.

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