Affinity Groups

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COLLEGIATE CHALLENGE

For more than 15 years, Habitat Forsyth has hosted teams of college students from throughout the country on service trips through Habitat International’s Collegiate Challenge Program. The program provides students with an alternative spring or fall break experience: a trip to a Habitat affiliate, usually in another state, to work on Habitat houses. In addition to providing volunteer labor, the participants make a financial contribution to the affiliate’s building fund.

Jimmy Johnson Volunteer Lodge
In order to double Habitat Forsyth’s capacity for hosting Collegiate Challenge students, we have recently completed the Jimmy Johnson Volunteer Lodge, named in memory of a long-time volunteer and board president. This brand new facility can house up to 40 students at a time, doubling the annual volunteer hours of these groups to 28,000 hours for Habitat projects. The availability of more volunteer teams will greatly increase the number of families served through new construction, repair and weatherization programs.

FAQS
  • Other service opportunities can be provided
  • Breakfast is provided each day, lunch on work days, and dinner Monday- Thursday.
  • If you want to hike around Pilot Mountain State Park it is only a 45 minute drive.
  • We are located 1 mile from downtown Winston-Salem
  • 5% of housing in our city does not meet the Minimum Housing Code.
  • 2.5% live in over-crowded conditions.
  • We have built 450+ homes and served 1,423+ families in 32 years.

Groups we’re looking for are: colleges, universities, high schools, churches, service clubs, and any other service-minded groups.

Participants in Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge teams often describe in their evaluations the life-changing experiences they have had in Winston-Salem, the things they learned, and the way in which our community embraced them.

Visit Habitat International’s page for more information on the Collegiate Challenge Program or contact Debbie Cesta at 336.306.8419, or debbie.cesta@habitatforsyth.org.

The video above shares the unforgettable experiences of a group of young men who traveled from Brooklyn, NY with SIMBA Academy to serve with us in the spring of 2012.

 

COLLEGIATE CHALLENGE

For more than 15 years, Habitat Forsyth has hosted teams of college students from throughout the country on service trips through Habitat International’s Collegiate Challenge Program. The program provides students with an alternative spring or fall break experience: a trip to a Habitat affiliate, usually in another state, to work on Habitat houses. In addition to providing volunteer labor, the participants make a financial contribution to the affiliate’s building fund.

Jimmy Johnson Volunteer Lodge
In order to double Habitat Forsyth’s capacity for hosting Collegiate Challenge students, we have recently completed the Jimmy Johnson Volunteer Lodge, named in memory of a long-time volunteer and board president. This brand new facility can house up to 40 students at a time, doubling the annual volunteer hours of these groups to 28,000 hours for Habitat projects. The availability of more volunteer teams will greatly increase the number of families served through new construction, repair and weatherization programs.

FAQS
  • Other service opportunities can be provided
  • Breakfast is provided each day, lunch on work days, and dinner Monday- Thursday.
  • If you want to hike around Pilot Mountain State Park it is only a 45 minute drive.
  • We are located 1 mile from downtown Winston-Salem
  • 5% of housing in our city does not meet the Minimum Housing Code.
  • 2.5% live in over-crowded conditions.
  • We have built 450+ homes and served 1,423+ families in 32 years.

Groups we’re looking for are: colleges, universities, high schools, churches, service clubs, and any other service-minded groups.

Participants in Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge teams often describe in their evaluations the life-changing experiences they have had in Winston-Salem, the things they learned, and the way in which our community embraced them.

Visit Habitat International’s page for more information on the Collegiate Challenge Program or contact Debbie Cesta at 336.306.8419, or debbie.cesta@habitatforsyth.org.

The video above shares the unforgettable experiences of a group of young men who traveled from Brooklyn, NY with SIMBA Academy to serve with us in the spring of 2012.

 

Young Professionals

HYP engages young professionals in service with Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County to address the need for safe, affordable housing in our community. Members raise money to build Habitat houses, volunteer their time and energy to support Habitat’s mission, and gain valuable leadership development skills.

About Us
  • HYP members enjoy regular social engagements, priority volunteer assignments, interactive fundraising opportunities, and exclusive member appreciation events.
  • The unique combination of opportunities available to HYP members builds more than just a home; it builds a community, friendships and camaraderie.
  • Since its founding in 2009, HYP has raised over $125,000 for Habitat Forsyth, built three homes, engaged young professionals, and continues to grow.

Habitat Young Professionals have joined Habitat Youth Ambassadors in building a house in 2017. Sign up for build opportunities.

Interested in getting involved? For more information, contact the Habitat Young Professionals at HYPwinstonsalem@gmail.com

Like HYP on Facebook!

Young Professionals

HYP engages young professionals in service with Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County to address the need for safe, affordable housing in our community. Members raise money to build Habitat houses, volunteer their time and energy to support Habitat’s mission, and gain valuable leadership development skills.

About Us
  • HYP members enjoy regular social engagements, priority volunteer assignments, interactive fundraising opportunities, and exclusive member appreciation events.
  • The unique combination of opportunities available to HYP members builds more than just a home; it builds a community, friendships and camaraderie.
  • Since its founding in 2009, HYP has raised over $125,000 for Habitat Forsyth, built three homes, engaged young professionals, and continues to grow.

Habitat Young Professionals have joined Habitat Youth Ambassadors in building a house in 2017. Sign up for build opportunities.

Interested in getting involved? For more information, contact the Habitat Young Professionals at HYPwinstonsalem@gmail.com

Like HYP on Facebook!

Youth Ambassadors
PieFest 2017

Thank you to everyone that supported our Habitat Youth Ambassadors 7th Annual baked goods “PieFest” fundraiser! With your help, we raised over $3,000!

Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County has hosted our pie and baked goods sale for the past several years. Habitat Youth Ambassadors (HYAs) from high schools throughout Forsyth County conducted the sales to support this effort. A special thank you to the students of the West Forsyth Habitat for Humanity Club who sold more than any other high school!

PieFest is one of HYA’s largest fundraisers, with proceeds helping to sponsor a Habitat house built by Forsyth County high school students. HYA members raise $65,000 each year to fund a Habitat home for a local family in need of affordable housing. This year will mark the 16th house sponsored by our youth.

If you’re seeking fun, engaging service opportunities in the greater Winston-Salem community, consider joining our Habitat Youth Ambassadors (HYA) program. HYA is open to any high school student in Forsyth County, even if your high school doesn’t have a Habitat Club! Group builds, special events and fundraising opportunities are available year-round.

Since 2003, youth throughout Forsyth County have united for a common goal: helping a well deserving, low-income family build and purchase a safe, decent, and affordable home. Our Youth Ambassadors also learn about the need for, and advocate for, the elimination of substandard housing.

HYA members raise $65,000 each year to fund a Habitat home for a local partner family in need of affordable housing. The students provide the volunteer labor to construct the house, and plan and lead the house dedication ceremony. HYA is sponsoring its 16th house this year alongside the Habitat Young Professionals.

Find upcoming HYA events and volunteer opportunities, including details on how to sign-up, in our Youth and Young Professionals Calendar.


Join a Habitat Club at Your School

We need members and representatives at every school! As a representative, you would attend monthly meetings, help plan fundraisers, promote events, and recruit volunteers. We are pleased to announce that we have a club at several schools throughout the county.

Contact Information for School Sponsors
Bishop McGuiness: Alain Tourret
East Forsyth: Andrea Monroe
Kennedy: Dean Bagnoni
Mount Tabor: Carrie Bennett
Parkland: Tammy Jones
Reynolds: Stephanie Walters
West Forsyth: Audrey Hayes


Get Your Group Involved
We would love to have your sports team, youth group, Boy/Girl Scout troop, etc. involved with Habitat!


Age Restrictions

  • ReStore: Minimum age is 14. Those 14-15 need a parent/guardian present while they volunteer.
  • Construction: Minimum age is 16 to help on the build site.
  • Other Opportunities: We’re constantly looking for opportunities to offer our younger youth, so check our calendar often!

For volunteers under 18, a parent or guardian must complete a Youth Waiver.


For more information about youth programs, please contact Wendy Coe.


Follow HYA on Instagram

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Youth Ambassadors

PieFest 2017

Thank you to everyone that supported our Habitat Youth Ambassadors 7th Annual baked goods “PieFest” fundraiser! With your help, we raised over $3,000!

Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County has hosted our pie and baked goods sale for the past several years. Habitat Youth Ambassadors (HYAs) from high schools throughout Forsyth County conducted the sales to support this effort. A special thank you to the students of the West Forsyth Habitat for Humanity Club who sold more than any other high school!

PieFest is one of HYA’s largest fundraisers, with proceeds helping to sponsor a Habitat house built by Forsyth County high school students. HYA members raise $65,000 each year to fund a Habitat home for a local family in need of affordable housing. This year will mark the 16th house sponsored by our youth.

If you’re seeking fun, engaging service opportunities in the greater Winston-Salem community, consider joining our Habitat Youth Ambassadors (HYA) program. HYA is open to any high school student in Forsyth County, even if your high school doesn’t have a Habitat Club! Group builds, special events and fundraising opportunities are available year-round.

Since 2003, youth throughout Forsyth County have united for a common goal: helping a well deserving, low-income family build and purchase a safe, decent, and affordable home. Our Youth Ambassadors also learn about the need for, and advocate for, the elimination of substandard housing.

HYA members raise $65,000 each year to fund a Habitat home for a local partner family in need of affordable housing. The students provide the volunteer labor to construct the house, and plan and lead the house dedication ceremony. HYA is sponsoring its 16th house this year alongside the Habitat Young Professionals.

Find upcoming HYA events and volunteer opportunities, including details on how to sign-up, in our Youth and Young Professionals Calendar.


Join a Habitat Club at Your School
We need members and representatives at every school! As a representative, you would attend monthly meetings, help plan fundraisers, promote events, and recruit volunteers. We are pleased to announce that we have a club at several schools throughout the county.

Contact Information for School Sponsors
Bishop McGuiness: Alain Tourret
East Forsyth: Andrea Monroe
Kennedy: Dean Bagnoni
Mount Tabor: Carrie Bennett
Parkland: Tammy Jones
Reynolds: Stephanie Walters
West Forsyth: Audrey Hayes


Get Your Group Involved
We would love to have your sports team, youth group, Boy/Girl Scout troop, etc. involved with Habitat!


Age Restrictions

  • ReStore: Minimum age is 14. Those 14-15 need a parent/guardian present while they volunteer.
  • Construction: Minimum age is 16 to help on the build site.
  • Other Opportunities: We’re constantly looking for opportunities to offer our younger youth, so check our calendar often!

For volunteers under 18, a parent or guardian must complete a Youth Waiver.


For more information about youth programs, please contact Wendy Coe.


Follow HYA on Instagram

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