Faith Based Giving
Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry. The work of Habitat for Humanity is driven by the desire to give tangible expression to God’s love through the work of eliminating poverty housing.
Habitat for Humanity was founded as a Christian housing ministry and is based on the desire to give tangible expression to the love of God through the work of eliminating poverty housing. Our organization provides an opportunity for people to put their faith and love into action in the Mohawk Valley. We welcome all who desire to be a part of this work, regardless of race or religion, bringing diverse groups of people together to build homes, community & hope.
Habitat for Humanity partners with individuals of all faiths, or no faith. Our ministry provides an opportunity for people to put their faith and love into action and to bring diverse groups or people together to build homes and community.
Habitat is a partnership founded on common ground – bridging theological differences by putting love into action. Everyone can use a hammer as an instrument to manifest God’s love. While we may disagree on many issues, we can agree on the idea of building homes with God’s people in need. As we focus on working together to build a house, we realize that our similarities become more important than our differences.
As a commitment to our Christian roots, all Habitat affiliates tithe a portion of their unrestricted funding to help Habitat for Humanity International bring an end to poverty housing worldwide.
Ready to get involved?
Congregations of all sizes can partner with Habitat for Humanity in a variety of ways. Consider these possibilities:
- Praying for our leadership and the ministry of Habitat for Humanity Oneida County
- Identifying families within your congregation that would qualify to become Habitat homeowners
Support Habitat Financially
Encourage your congregation to include Habitat for Humanity in its mission work. Options include:
- Make regular donations or collect special Habitat for Humanity offerings
- Provide in-kind goods and services
Sponsor A Home
Your sponsorship with go directly towards the construction of a simple, sustainable and affordable home in one of our exciting projects in the Mohawk Valley. Sponsor a full home starting at $35,000 or Adopt-A-Day on the construction site for $250. Read more about sponsorship opportunities here.
Build strength and unity within your congregation as you work toward a common goal of helping others. Encourage your congregation to get involved as a community or as individuals through volunteering on the build site, serving in or donating to the ReStore, serving as a family partner or providing meals to volunteers.
Engage Your Community
Although Habitat is one of the most widely recognized brands in the world, our organization does so much more than the average person is aware of! As a Habitat Ambassador, volunteer groups or individuals host information sessions at their home or church to education their family and friends on the mission of Habitat in Oneida County to increase our community support. This can look like a dinner party, a youth group gathering, a small group meeting or a formal presentation including Habitat staff. These volunteers also assist with spreading the word about how to qualify as a Habitat Homeowner in their area. Habitat Ambassadors will be supplied with brochures and other promotional materials and can receive support from Habitat staff for planning their event. The openings for this position are endless and are great for any age.
Advocate and Pray
Habitat believes that prayer changes things. Advocacy and Prayer volunteers are encouraged to be aware of the issues surrounding affordable housing both in Oneida County and the world. Our staff can provide electronic updates about how to best pray for our organization, our homeowners and those who are impacted by poverty housing worldwide. We welcome prayer commitments at every level and from groups, families and individuals. Continue to be a voice for those in need even after construction is complete. You can host speakers on housing issues to raise awareness of the need for decent housing. Invite your congregants to become advocates for housing and bring the Habitat message to children by using the tools available to youth leaders on Habitat’s Youth Programs site.