Sweat equity is the single most important strategy Habitat for Humanity uses to empower future homeowners and one of the features that sets us apart from other affordable housing providers.

L-C Valley Habitat for Humanity uses the term “sweat equity” to refer to the hours of labor our homeowners dedicate to building their homes and the homes of their neighbors, as well as the times they spend investing in their own self-improvement. L-C Valley Habitat for Humanity homeowners begin their sweat equity after being accepted into the program, and they must complete a minimum of 350 hours before they can move into their homes.

Sweat equity reduces the amount of paid labor needed for a house, which in turn helps reduce cost. Additionally, time spent building their own homes instills a sense of pride and ownership, teaching the basic building and house-maintenance skills that are necessary for homeownership.  Friends and family may help a future homeowner by volunteering with Habitat and donating their hours to help fulfill sweat equity requirements. There are many ways to volunteer with Habitat. No matter which way works best for you, feel good knowing your efforts make a difference in the community whiles enjoying the additional benefits of volunteering.

Click on the ‘Ready to help’ link below to sign up or check out available Sweat equity volunteer shifts.