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Engaging Veterans as Volunteers on the Construction Site
Helping Homeowners Become Volunteer Advocates
Building a Culture of Volunteerism at your ReStore
Where Did All Our Committees Go?

Leadership and development courses aim to equip participants to lead an affiliate by providing them with comprehensive knowledge about nonprofit best practices, essential leadership skills, and strategic approaches to today’s issues. Courses will cover:

  • Where Did All Our Committees Go?
  • Establishing KPIs for Volunteer Management
  • Teaching Your Board What They Need to Know about Financials
  • Subdivision Planning
  • Neighborhood Revitalization
  • What Executive Directors and Boards Need to Know About Construction – evaluating costs, determining impact, strategic planning
  • Developing a Fundraising Board
  • Telling the Volunteer Story to Engage the Community and Policy Makers

During the course of the year, individuals will receive specialized training from experts to prepare them for the construction site and more. Areas of study include:

Through seven semesters of courses, your Financial Team will dive into various topics related to the management and operations of Habitat finances. Courses include:

  • Calculating the Impact of Volunteer Hours in Your Metrics and Reporting for Donors
  • Capital Planning Solutions and Platforms
  • Post Occupancy Support
  • Budgeting and Cash Flows
  • Financial Statement Analysis, Investments, and Liabilities

At the heart of Habitat is homeowner services. From walking homebuyers through the process to developing and nurturing community relationships, this track of courses will prepare Homeowner staff to empower families. Topics include:

Habitat relies on volunteers. Therefore, it is important for Volunteer Services Teams to be well prepared and educated on the latest practices. Throughout 2021, individuals have the opportunity to study:

  • Roots of Habitat: Why is sweat equity a thing?
  • Setting Expectations on the Construction Site: Teaching volunteers best practices
  • Effective ReStore Volunteer Orientations
  • Volunteer Leadership in Fundraising

ReStores help fund the operations of affiliates, while connecting to the community and mission of Habitat. When it comes to learning about retail operations, there are many areas to cover, including:

As a result of this year-round training, Fundraising Teams should demonstrate knowledge of ethical and effective fundraising strategies, practices, and frameworks. Classes include: