FMCA Chapter: Habitat for Humanity®
Please read on to find out more about our Chapter and how you can become involved in this worthwhile and personally rewarding effort.
WHO ARE WE?
The FMCA Chapter: Habitat for Humanity is a chapter of the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), an international organization comprised of owners of self-contained, motor-home style recreational vehicles. Our primary purpose is to further the mission of Habitat for Humanity by organizing and staffing Habitat home-building opportunities (builds) with member volunteers. Chapter builds are generally one or two weeks in duration and are most often held in conjunction with FMCA area rallies and the semi-annual international conventions.
WHAT DOES HABITAT FOR HUMANITY DO?
Habitat for Humanity International is a worldwide organization whose mission is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world by constructing simple decent places to live for working poor families that otherwise could never aspire to home ownership. Habitat homes are not give-aways partner families must qualify to repay a no-interest, no-profit mortgage calculated on the cost of home construction utilizing monetary and in-kind donations and volunteer workers.
Habitat accomplishes this mission through its more than 1900 local affiliates in the U.S., Canada and more than 90 other partner nations. The FMCA Chapter works through Habitat's RV Care-A-Vanner program, which arranges for local affiliates in the vicinity of FMCA rallies to host our Chapter.
Following the first organizational meeting at the FMCA Summer International Convention in Ogden, Utah in 1998, the Chapter was chartered at the Winter convention the next spring in Perry, Georgia. The Chapter's first build quickly followed that June in Bloomington, Indiana. Since then the Chapter has completed builds from coast to coast, including Alaska. Click on "Recent Builds" and "Reports" for a visual tour of the builds and inspiring accounts from the team leaders.
The Chapter's unique licensing agreement represents a partnership between FMCA and Habitat for Humanity International, a first of its kind. Originally signed for a single year, the agreement now is renewed every five years.
For the coming year we have planned an aggressive schedule of builds, which coincide with most of the FMCA area rallies and the two International Conventions. Click HERE for a detailed list of dates and places.
DO I QUALIFY?
Prospective builders for Habitat are often concerned that they cannot make a meaningful contribution if they dont have construction background or knowledge. That is far from the case. Although many of our members do have prior experience in the building trades, just as many have rarely wielded a hammer, much less sided a house. At each build the host affiliate has a construction supervisor on site to lay out a work schedule, instruct team members in area building techniques and ensure that the architects plans, as well as local building codes, are followed.
All you need in order to qualify is a loving heart, a giving spirit and a willing body. Both novice and experienced team members find plenty of fulfilling tasks for their skill level and work preferences. And if you want to learn, you wont remain a novice for long; experienced team members and the local construction supervisor are happy to share their knowledge.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
In order to join an FMCA Chapter build you must be a member in good standing of FMCA and the Chapter. When you join the FMCA Chapter you begin receiving our quarterly newsletter, which, among other information, lists the upcoming builds. To participate in a build, follow the sign-up procedure outlined in the Newsletter and on the web page. There is a normal $25 per person Chapter build fee that covers administrative expenses and on-site lunches that are not provided by local sources.
In addition, your name automatically goes on Habitats RV Care-A-Vanner mailing list. The quarterly Care-A-Vanner newsletter puts you in touch with many additional opportunities to build.
For information on how to become a member of the FMCA Chapter Click Here
Again, Welcome Please join us! We look forward to sharing the joy of building houses and renewing hope!
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