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Habitat for Humanity of Omaha

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Causes: Christianity, Homeless & Housing, Housing Development, Construction & Management, Religion

Mission: Habitat for Humanity of Omaha, Inc. is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness 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.

Target demographics: provide good affordable housing

Direct beneficiaries per year: almost 60 families

Geographic areas served: North Omaha primarily with builds in South Omaha and Washington County as the availablity and need dictate.

Programs: new home construction, re-hab housing, roof and repair, and blighted home demolition.

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never had a bad experience volunteering with Habitat-Omaha. For the second straight year I am the President of the Habitat-Omaha Young Professionals and over 100s upon 100s of volunteer hours spent with this organization I can honestly say I've enjoyed every minute of it. Our YP group is continuing to grow and new opportunities regularly present themselves. It is a great organization that truly helps the community. A nonprofit where you can actually see the progress and the work that you are doing come to fruition.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been active through Young Professionals and as the community service chair for my company for a few years now and the professionalism of Habitat-Omaha is second to none. They are very knowledgeable about Habitat's mission, extremely welcoming and just great people. I will never forget when I did my first Habitat event: I met a Habitat representative that day and didn't see him again for almost 8-9 months, not only did he remember my name but remembered specifics from the conversation we had from months before. That experience made me realize how much they truly care and appreciate the help they get. I will continue to help Habitat for years to come.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have long appreciated the good work of Habitat for Humanity and the Restore. I work with National, Bellevue and Omaha groups, who all do important work for our country and communities. The Omaha program is vital to the many families who seek a better life. Their investment partnership with Habitat makes for an otherwise unavailable home ownership that means community roots. That more stable home life for the children benefits our entire community. We are blessed to have such caring dedicated people working and volunteering here. Thank you all! Don

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with Habitat for Humanity of Omaha for 4 years and love it! Everyone, the staff, other volunteers and homeowners are always friendly and upbeat and it feels good to know we're making a real difference in peoples lives. Working on rehabs; it's a thrill to watch a house go from eyesore to eye-catching. Home dedications are always moving. I could go on and on, there are so many positives to this wonderful organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For several years we have been involved with Habitat for Humanity of Omaha both as donors and volunteers. In addition to the satisfaction of knowing that we have helped provide affordable housing for needy and deserving home owners, we have enjoyed the camaraderie of working with other like-minded people. It is a joy to see how our efforts have made a difference in the lives of families as well as in our larger community.

Delvin and Trudy Hutton, Blair, Nebraska

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

HFHO is an opportunity... An opportunity to better our community... An opportunity for people to share their skills to build a tangible asset...An opportunity to move into a new/remodeled house to call home... An opportunity to change a neighborhood... An opportunity to recycle your extra construction materials. An opportunity to purchase great construction materials at a reduced cost...Habitat for Humanity Omaha is a well-organized opportunity for everyone!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to volunteer on several Women Build renovation projects. The crew leaders and staff were very organized and used materials very efficiently. It was a pleasure to work with the future home owners and see their pride in helping build a home for their families. Habitat does a great job in improving neighborhoods and enhancing the city of Omaha.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in Omaha several times and every time the staff is very friendly, organized and keeps everyone on task. They offer a variety of events around the city to get people involved and of course have an excellent mission. They are very thorough and efficient in their use of resources and build an impressive number of homes a year through volunteer staff. I am very impressed with their operations and their breadth of services they perform. They aren't just building houses, they are re-building communities. They have a very impressive and comprehensive approach to their work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered on several builds for Habitat; sometime with my co-workers and other times on my own. I am impressed with the organization and the homes they build. Even though built by a lot of volunteers, these are quality homes. I like that the future home owners put in their own sweat equity to build that house and that Habitat ensures they have the skills to maintain it throughout the years. On several builds I was fortunate to work with the future home owner and got the opportunity to meet them and their family. While my intent was to spend sometime to bless someone else, I was truly blessed by the entire experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Habitat for Humanity for the past 8+ years as a board member from Washington County. Our relationship with Habitat for Humanity Omaha has allow us help 4 families in the Blair Area to ave a home for their family. This opportunity has been such a positive in our community. The volunteers and families that the houses are built for find such a bond throughout the process. Habitat for Humanity Omaha truly is has been a blessing to so many!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of being a volunteer with Habitat for the last 10 years. The great people at Habitat have worked with me in finding the best ways for my organization to help at Habitat. This has usually been through providing 10-12 builders from my organization for 3 different days during the year. This flexibility has allowed us to help Habitat, while also allowing us to have the greatest amount of overall participation. Habitat does a great thing for the community and I know that the people that work for me look forward to the build each year. Keep up the great work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a donor, volunteer and past board member with Habitat for Humanity of Omaha and can't say enough good things about the organization and the people involved. Keep up the good work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Habitat for Humanity Omaha is my favorite charity. I really believe in the mission of giving a hand up not a hand out. I have been involved in many local builds and am now on the Friends for Humanity Board. They are a top notch organization with many caring individuals who work to make our community stronger.

Phil25

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for HH Omaha since 1983 starting on a build with my teen aged son. Mostly working on trees on the lots they build on. From 2000 till they moved in their new office location I managed their recycling. Every other year my church joins other churches to build a house as we did in 2015. I plan on continuing to volunteer for many more years.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Habitat for Humanity of Omaha (HfH) to help build homes for the past 25 years. During that time, I also assisted HfH in purchasing their two office/warehouses and two Restore retail buildings. Since 2007 I have negotiated the purchase of over 150 vacant lots on which new homes were build.
I have always been impressed with the way HfH tries to give their volunteers a good experience. They are good at expressing their gratitude.
I have also been impressed with the their effort to continue to improve the quality of the construction. I think their houses are some of the best built homes in Omaha.
HfH has done a great job to change neighborhoods in Northeast Omaha.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Habitat for Humanity Omaha made getting into community service a quick and easy process. I know my work is directly benefitting those who need it most. I am confident my work, and that of other volunteers, makes a noticable difference in our Omaha community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love what HFHOO does for the community, and I am always willing to donate my time for classes, organizing, moving... anything that helps them help you! I recently helped with a "Project In A Box" creating wine bottle/glass holders, and I will be offering my inspiration to others on another project that benefits the "Junk Stock" HFHOO booth in promoting sales for crafting unique, vintage window pane art. THANK YOU, HFHOO, for all you do!

Those who work there are just fabulously helpful and kind to help find things... keep up the great work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with Habitat Omaha in various capacities for over 8 years now. As an organization they really put the needs of the prospective homeowners and different areas of the Omaha area they work in first and foremost. I really appreciate the fact that they involve the homeowners on the front side of things to get them engaged in working towards bettering their lives and living arrangements with some "sweat equity" of sorts with the process. I also feel a contributing factor to the outstanding success of the building programs revolves around the homeowners investment into their new home versus just giving them a place to live in. I feel like it really helps them to feel a sense of ownership and pride in what they've done and where they're at in their lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer leader for Habitat Omaha for several years, clocking hundreds of hours per year. For many years before that I was a frequent volunteer. I have seen many staff changes and through it all the mission remains at the forefront. The goal of making decent affordable housing available to more and more families not only creates opportunities for those individual families, it changes the landscape of North Omaha. I am proud to be associated with this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Habitat for Humanity is making a difference in my community. Over the years the quality of the homes built; the training and support for Family Partners; and participation by corporate partners, churches, and volunteers have steadily increased. Now with demolition and Roof and Repair programs the reach keeps growing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Habitat for Humanity of Omaha has always delivered a very positive volunteer experience and allowed me to help improve the lives of multiple local families while learning valuable skills from experienced construction staff. I highly recommend supporting Habitat to all of my friends and colleagues as a great opportunity to give back to the community by building a suitable home to a family in need to purchase with a no-interest mortgage. And, for those considering donations rather than volunteering, ALL of the financial contributions go directly to building the homes and not to overhead costs.