Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity

Rating: 5 stars   9 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Religion, Economic Development

Location: PO Box 8038 Murfreesboro TN 37133 USA

Mission: Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people from all faiths and walks of life to work together in partnership, building houses with families in need.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity provides houses to poor families. Houses. Moreover, the new homeowners have helped build the houses they will live in, working alongside of members of the community. This is an extraordinary mission when you think about it.

I first became involved with Habitat in 2006, having wanted to do something more active than simply write a check. When I visited the Habitat office, I was struck by the friendliness and enthusiasm of everyone there. Within a few weeks, I was laying baseboard, my first job. In the years since, I have helped with insulation, siding, framing, and painting, often with the future homeowners doing the same thing.

The Habitat staff members I've had the good fortune to work with are incredible: Beth and Megan in the office, and Roy, Terry and Jacob on the work sites. Some of the best people I've ever met.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing a finished house and shaking hands with the new owners is quite an experience.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Actually, I would do exactly what is now being done!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity is the absolute best non-profit organization I've ever had the opportunity to witness. Of course the goal is to provide affordable housing for those who need help, but in the process they also help these home owners to succeed not only in maintaining the home, but also in maintaining their personal finances. It's a holistic approach in not only making the home available to those who qualify but also in keeping the home and well-being of the families long-term.

I can't say enough about the quality of the people who work for habitat and who volunteer. Great skill and pride are put into every aspect of construction: purchasing the properties; choosing functional house plans; designing the homes to fit into the neighborhoods where they're built and giving surrounding homeowners the inspiration to improve their own homes. The skills and knowledge of the crew are expert and are wonderful, respectful teachers. Most of all - for me, anyway - they make hard work FUN!

Fundraising events are creative, well-planned, and involve activities that can be done by people who aren't old enough or physically able to work on job sites, which works very well in helping children learn how important it is to give to our community.

I cannot imagine any other organization more deserving of the Winter 2011 GuideStar-KIMBIANonprofit Giveaway.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Witnessing the joy of new homeowners watching as their homes were built, and the excitement that they could really own their own homes.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them as much funding as they could possibly use in order to continue to do what they do.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the opportunity to volunteer for Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity for a couple of years now. The staff and crew are amazing. It is obvious when working with Roy, Terry and Jacob that they are truly dedicated to building perfect homes. They make all the volunteers feel welcome and are very patient when teaching us new skills. Working with RCHFH has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the happiness they bring to all the families they have helped.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered this year on a Women's Build thru our diplomat program with the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. I can not say enough good things about that day. I left so inspired and very impressed with the work that the staff does. I will certainly volunteer again and support this organization any way that I can, and hopefully even recruit some others who have not volunteered before to join me next time!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working for the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. The staff does a wonderful job spreading the word all over the community reaching out to everyone of all ages to share how they can get involved with Habitat. This kind of networking only makes their reputation stronger.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not make any. My experience was so smooth.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I work at another Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Tennessee and witness first-hand the energy, effort and love that each of the staff at Rutherford Co Habitat put into building homes for families in need. They shine as a model to other Habitat affiliates who look to them for ideas on building their volunteer and donor base. This great team deserves the $5,000 prize and I know it will be spent well!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The Volunteer Coordinator and I work together at our state meetings and meet throughout the year to sound ideas off each other on improving, growing and more effectively doing our jobs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would give them more money so they could get more land to build homes on.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had a chance to volunteer this year on a Women's Build thru our diplomat program with the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. It was an awesome experience! Not only was it fun to take part in, it was such a blessing to see the pride the home owner had while we were building that day. The ladies at RCHFH are phenomenal at what they do! I will definitley volunteer again and support this organization any way that I can.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Volunteer work, visible impact on the community through RCHFH's outreach

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

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Rating: 5 stars  

We're starting our 7th year of partnering w/ HFH Rutherford County (HFHRC) by building the storage sheds they provide for each one of the homes built in Rutherford County. At General Mills, we have a large number of talented individuals who have the skill to help construct the sheds. We have organized a core group that helps organize the events and execute the construction in less than 1/4 of the time it originally took several years ago when we first started. We also used our project engineering experience to source better prices for the material used in the builds. We also wanted to help them raise funds for the sheds and we began an annual charity motorcycle event (with their help) that we hope will completely fund the sheds as the participation grows. They are a great organization that does a lot of work w/ a small group of people.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching the houses/construction projects impact the communities in Rutherford County

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them get more funds and land so they could build even more houses!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in college with my business fraternity about 3 1/2 years ago and the experience was phenomenal. I was moved by the fact that we were making someone's life long dreams come true by not only building a house but also making a home for someone. Seeing it being constructed from the ground up with blood, sweat, and tears not only moved the family moving in but the volunteers and everyone in the process as well.

I was in charge of cutting paneling/siding for the house and for a girl with no construction experience, I think I did a pretty good job. I recommend working with Habitat for Humanity to everyone, literally. Habitat is a wonderful organization that helps make dreams become reality.

If I could give any constructive feedback to Habitat is that I wish their was a community calendar to see where individuals could sign up and work on homes that is easily accessible.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in college with my business fraternity about 3 1/2 years ago and the experience was phenomenal.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I could give any constructive feedback to Habitat is that I wish their was a community calendar to see where individuals could sign up and work on homes that is easily accessible.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Last year, I was offered the opportunity to work with the Haibitat for Humainty of Rutherford County through my company on two women's builds. Essentially, this meant that most of the volunteer staff was comprised of other women.

I will be the first to tell you that I know little to nothing about construction. If you want me to paint, fantastic. Anything more involved than that, and I am a willing student.

Roy (a full time staff member) was SO fantastic! On the first build, we learned we would be siding a house. To ensure proper placement to prevent later weather damage, it's important to make sure it is done correctly. Roy walked us through the process and made sure we were comfortable with what we were doing. He was respectful and didn't make any of us feel badly for not knowing what we were doing.

The second build, I was working in a house nearing completion. This activity was my forte: painting. Still again, Roy checked in with us to make sure we had everything we needed and made sure we didn't have questions. That day, I was even lucky enough to meet the owner of the house. It was such a nice feeling to know I was volunteering for an organization that is directly impacting our community. You don't have to wait to see the fruits of what Habitat does. The results of their work is very tangible.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...getting to see the final outcome of a build. I attended a housewarming, tree decorating event as well. It is such a beautiful thing that Habitat does. Owning a home is more than just providing a roof. It gives pride to the person who is trying to strengthen family and confidence in his/her ability to do so.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...probably recommend organizing days better. I am not sure how far in advance the number of volunteers is disclosed. If Roy and the others know how many people will be there on a specific day, they could organize the tasks needed to be done and know how many people will be needed for each task. This would also allow for volunteers to get started sooner to do more work on the days they are there.

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