Join us us as we build all the frame walls for an entire Habitat for Humanity House in one day. Organized into teams of 8-10, we’ll hammer together 40-50 frame walls in just a couple of hours, which will be transported to a local foundation for Habitat for Humanity.
All ages and skill levels welcome! All the wood will be precut, so if you can swing a hammer or hold a 2x4 in place, we need you! We even provide the hammer and nails. Children are welcome to work with their families. Nursery care will also be available during the event.
There’s a job for everyone. “Crew Members” will build on the build day, but we’ll also need volunteers to cut wood on the Friday before, help serve breakfast, and oversee a first aid station.
(the registration page still says June 20th, but the date has been moved to Aug. 1st)
Who is leading this project?
Help Build Hope events are organized and ran by Crossroads Missions (crossroadsmissions.com). Since 1999, Help Build Hope events have produced over 1,000 homes for families in need. Crossroads Missions partners with churches and local Habitat for Humanity organizations. They receive building plans from Habitat for Humanity, break them down into smaller plans, wall by wall, and then lead teams of volunteers to assemble each wall. Crossroads Missions will provide all the tools and a Director on the day of the build to guide our teams. The church needs to only provide volunteers.
Where is this house going?
The house we build this summer will go to a family in Salem, OR, in the same neighborhood of Courtney and Keri's house, which we built last year. The Salem Habitat for Humanity chapter has been fully cooperative and eager to work with us in getting families into homes! We hope to work closer with Willamette West Habitat and Portland/Metro East Habitat in the future.
How much the event cost?
The event costs nothing to participate! The church covers the cost of all the lumber, transportation, and administration through our Christmas Eve offering, fundraisers, and donations. There is no cost to participate! We just want you to come out and hammer some walls together! If you would like to donate, you can do so through our giving client online.
Do I have to be a Christian to participate?
Absolutely not. Everyone is welcome! We believe that providing affordable housing is an expression of our Christian faith, but that work is not reserved for people who consider themselves Christians! Everyone is welcome. There won't be any bait-and-switch worship services or sermons. We're not trying to proselytize, we just want to build a house for a family in need with you!
How old do children have to be to participate?
It is entirely up to parents/guardians if their children are able to help on the build day. All of the lumber will be precut, and there will be no power tools used--only hammer and nails. Pastor Ric's daughter has participated in Help Build Hope projects since she was 3. Of course, he's crazy. We will provide nursery and childcare during the build day, as well. So if your children get tired of hammer and nails, they can go be children with our childcare attendants.
What do I need to bring?
Comfortable clothes, work gloves, sunscreen, and friends! Please leave your tools at home. We will provide all the hammers, nails, levels, and markers.
I may not be able to hammer walls together on the ground, are there other ways that I can help?
Yes! We will be offering a continental breakfast, we need volunteers to help prepare and serve. We need helpers checking people in. We need Childcare attendants. We need First Aid and Water attendants. We need photographers. We need you! Contact Benjamin Yarger for more ways that you can get involved.
Where do I sign up?
Go to helpbuildhope.com/cumc to register for the event! Invite your friends and neighbors!
Send us an email to the church office, and we'll do our best to get all your questions answered! Thank you for changing lives with us!