Habitat for Humanity
Our group currently works in conjunction with the Dayton Ohio Habitat for Humanity (DOHH) on housing projects around the greater Dayton area. We have weekly worksites that go out Saturday mornings at 8 a.m and afternoons at noon. See the "get involved" page for more information about joining on worksites. We usually build one to two houses from start to finish each school year and also work on many side projects for other houses in the area.
Other events that we participate in include a Collegiate Challenge Spring Break trip, various fundraisers throughout the school year, monthly socials, and other service opportunities on and off the University of Dayton's campus.
Our weekly meetings are held on Thursdays at 7:00 pm in Art Street Studio C.
Habitat for Humanity is an international service organization. Its mission is to eliminate all poverty housing in the world. This mission is accomplished in three ways. First, ordinary people like you and me can volunteer their time at a worksite building a house for a family in need. Secondly, people like you and I raise money for Habitat that, in conjunction with grants from the government, pay for the materials used in building these houses. Lastly, Habitat is a hand up, not a hand out. The family receiving the house also pays a no interests mortgage for the material costs. Now you ask yourself, "But if I raised money to pay for the house, and the family pays for it too, doesn't the house get paid for twice?" And you would be right, and that's the idea. This allows Habitat to grow exponentially, and also, isn't it quite cool that after a family receives a house they help pay for the home of another family?
So whose idea was this? Well, a common misconception is that Jimmy Carter was the founder of Habitat for Humanity, but while Carter has been instrumental in the growth and political support of Habitat for Humanity, it was in fact Millard Fulller who founded Habitat for Humanity. Since Habitat's founding, Fuller's leadership has helped forge Habitat into a worldwide Christian housing organization. As a demonstration of God's love, Habitat volunteers have built homes together with more than 100,000 families in need in more than 1,500 U.S. cities and 82 other countries. HFHI has grown to be one of the top 20 house builders in the U.S. -- and the largest among nonprofits. More than 500,000 people now have safe, decent, affordable shelter due to Habitat's work around the world.
Fuller founded Habitat with his wife Linda in 1976. He travels and speaks worldwide, and has received international recognition for his work in advocating decent, affordable housing for all. HFHI is cited as an important leader in the battle against poverty housing in the U.S. and abroad. President Bill Clinton says Habitat is "...the most successful continuous community service project in the history of the United States. It has revolutionized the lives of thousands... Millard Fuller has done as much to make the dream of home ownership a reality in our country and throughout the world as any living person." Jack Kemp, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and current HFHI board member, agrees, adding "When I'm asked about housing success stories from our inner cities, the first group that comes to mind is Habitat for Humanity." "I see life as both a gift and a responsibility. My responsibility is to use what God has given me to help His people in need." Millard Fuller Thanks to HFH Int'l - Millard Fuller for providing much of the content of this page.
Registering to Volunteer
- Click the "Volunteer" link to the right
- Click on Sign In, in the top right hand corner.
- On your first time, click register. Fill in the required fields on the form. If you want you can fill in the other sections as well.
- Important: make sure you select UD Habitat for Humanity at the bottom of the page, or our worksites won't be visible and you can't sign up for them.
- If you didn't do this when you first created your profile, sign in and edit your profile.
- Go to the events page.
- Click on the one you signed up for at the meeting and register for it.
- Then just show up on Saturday morning (KU Pub 7:50 or 11:50)
Things to Remember
This is a reminder to anyone that signed up for worksite and hasn't registered with the Dayton affiliate and an explanation to everyone on how to register once you sign up for worksite.
- Wear sturdy, closed toe shoes and clothes you don't mind getting dirty.
- Also be aware that much of the work is outdoors, so dress appropriately for the weather, including wind, sun and/or rain.
- If you have your own tools, you can bring them. Otherwise they will be provided.
- No experience with construction necessary.
- We will teach you anything you need to do.
- Please sign up for worksite at our weekly meeting and do not just show up without talking to a worksite coordinator first.
- If you have any questions, contact a worksite coordinator.
President: Kevin Longacre
- The President presides over the meetings, facilitates the work of other officers, serves as the organization's representative to the University of Dayton, and is in charge of all tasks that do not fall under another officer's domain.
- Contact Kevin Longacre
Vice President: Erin Roark
- The Vice-President fills in for the president or any other missing officer, as well as handles certain special events such as Christmas on Campus, Relay for Life, and Act! Speak! Build! week.
- Contact Sophia Raptis
Secretary: Dana Healy
- The Secretary keeps track of the hours everyone spends participating in HFH events, takes the minutes at the meetings, sends out a weekly newsletter, and other general organizational tasks.
- Contact Erin Roark
Volunteer Service Coordinators: Michael Monahan, Jennifer Manfuso, and Chanelle Brown
- The volunteer service coordinator and Construction Site supervisors with the Dayton affiliate in order to arrange for the chapter to build a house, arranges a standing reservation for the 15 passenger van and secures the keys and mileage slips every Friday and returns them every Monday. They also ensure that all drivers are certified through the University driving program, handle the attendance and releases on the worksites, and are responsible for coordinating work on worksite with the site manager.
- Contact Sarah Kaput, Michael Monahan, or Jennifer Manfuso
Treasurer: Alissa Bergman
- The Treasurer records all chapter transactions and ensures that the organization remains within the budget.
- Contact Molly Freund
Director of Public Relations and Advocacy: Katie Hopkins
- The Director of Public Relations and Advocacy is in charge of managing our relationship with the University, our affiliate, and the public as well as spearheading the initiative to advocate Habitat's international effort on campus.
- Contact Katie Hopkins
Collegiate Challenge: Alyssa Shallberg
- The Collegiate Challenge Chair is responsible for registering the chapter to participate in the Collegiate Challenge, as well as all aspects of the planning, organization, and leadership of the members of our chapter that participate in the Collegiate Challenge.
- Contact Alyssa Shallberg
Fundraising Chairs: Matt Deininger and David Kling
- The Fundraising Chairs are in charge of organizing and implementing all fundraising activities for the chapter.
- Contact Matt Deininger
Director of Alumni Relations: Erica Shelton
- The Director of Alumni Relations is the leader in organizing alumni communication and involvement.
- Contact Erica Shelton
Grant Writing Coordinator: Trey Aultman
- The Grant Writing Coordinator organizes and submits requests for grants available to the university chapter to raise money for our annual local house sponsorship as well as our Collegiate Challenge build.