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About Us

We are the University of Alabama campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity International, a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 U.S. states and in approximately 70 countries. Our mission is to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

We are a student-run service organization in UA's Center for Service and Leadership, and we partner with the local Tuscaloosa chapter of Habitat for Humanity to fulfill four functions: direct service, fundraising, advocating, and educating. During weekly build days, we help professional builders construct homes for those in need. Additionally, we advocate for the local community and educate people on the importance of affordable housing. 

  • What are build days?
    Hands-on construction experience! During weekly build days, volunteers help professional builders construct homes for those in need. Build Days typically run from 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM, alternating between Thursdays and Fridays.
  • What if I'm not free on any scheduled build days?
    UA Habitat works to plug UA student volunteers into Tuscaloosa Habitat Builds. If our build days don't fit in your schedule, you can still come to our chapter meetings, keep an eye out for popup service opportunities, or volunteer at the Tuscaloosa ReStore!
  • How are partner families selected?
    ​Families in need of affordable housing apply to local Habitat affiliates. The affiliate’s family selection committee chooses homeowners based on their level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program and their ability to repay the loan. Every affiliate follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection. Habitat Tuscaloosa does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or handicap as factors when choosing the families who receive Habitat houses.
  • How does Habitat for Humanity work?
    Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that builds and rehabilitates high quality, affordable homes. Habitat homes are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with a down payment and zero-interest loan. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build even more Habitat homes. Habitat homeowners also invest hundreds of hours of labor ("Sweat Equity") into building their Habitat home and Habitat homes for others.
  • What is the difference between Tuscaloosa build days and Campus Chapter build days?
    *Transportation is only provided for "UA Campus Chapter Build Days."* You are responsible for transportation if you sign up for "Habitat for Humanity for Humanity of Tuscaloosa Build Days." Besides transportation, both types of build days are the same. You can view just the campus chapter build days by selecting the "Events To Show" button on the top left of the calendar and filtering it to show only "Group Events."
  • Do I have to be skilled in construction to volunteer for a build day?
    No construction skills are necessary! The only requirements are a willingness to serve and learn. All volunteers must be 16 or older.
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