Volunteers sought for Habitat project

DEARBORN – Community members can lend a hand — and a hammer — in the effort to bring new houses and residents to their neighborhoods this year.

Habitat for Humanity Detroit, in partnership with the city of Dearborn and the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services, will build 12 new houses in Dearborn starting in mid-April. Houses will be sold to veterans and victims of domestic violence through Habitat’s home ownership program.

All houses constructed by Habitat are done with the assistance of volunteers, including community members and families looking to put in “sweat equity” hours toward owning their own house through the nonprofit’s program.

Habitat will seek volunteers for the project beginning in May. Volunteers can assist with a variety of tasks, including construction, logistics, and helping on site with everything from first aid to providing lunch.

Individuals and organizations interested in volunteering should email volunteer@habitatdetroit.org for more information.

Volunteers must meet the following requirements:

• Construction volunteers should be at least 18 years old.

• Volunteers between the ages 14-17 may participate if accompanied by one adult supervisor per every four youth. Volunteers ages 14 and 15 can only assist with non-construction tasks.

• Volunteers must complete a Waiver of Liability form in order to participate. The form can be found at www.habitatdetroit.org/volunteersignup.