Affinity Groups

Habitat Forsyth’s affinity groups serve as volunteer and fundraising resources for the affiliate while learning about the need for, and advocating for, the elimination of substandard housing. If you’re seeking fun, engaging service opportunities in the greater Winston-Salem community, consider joining the Habitat Young Professionals, Habitat Youth Ambassadors, or the Wake Forest Campus Chapter.

Annually, the efforts of these groups help fundraise and build a Habitat house for a local family in need of affordable housing.The affinity group members also plan and lead the house dedication ceremony for this family. To learn more about these groups, click on the menus below.

COLLEGIATE CHALLENGE

For more than 15 years, Habitat Forsyth has hosted teams of college students from throughout the country on service trips through Habitat International’s Collegiate Challenge Program. The program provides students with an alternative spring or fall break experience: a trip to a Habitat affiliate, usually in another state, to work on Habitat houses. In addition to providing volunteer labor, the participants make a financial contribution to the affiliate’s building fund.

Jimmy Johnson Volunteer Lodge

In order to double Habitat Forsyth’s capacity for hosting Collegiate Challenge students, we have recently completed the Jimmy Johnson Volunteer Lodge, named in memory of a long-time volunteer and board president. This brand new facility can house up to 40 students at a time, doubling the annual volunteer hours of these groups to 28,000 hours for Habitat projects. The availability of more volunteer teams will greatly increase the number of families served through new construction, repair and weatherization programs.

FAQS
  • Other service opportunities can be provided
  • Breakfast is provided each day, lunch on work days, and dinner Monday- Thursday
  • If you want to hike around Pilot Mountain State Park it is only a 45 minute drive
  • We are located 1 mile from downtown Winston-Salem
  • We have built 450+ homes and served 1,423+ families in 32 years

We are looking for: colleges, universities, high schools, churches, service clubs, and any other service-minded groups.

Participants in Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge teams often describe in their evaluations the life-changing experiences they have had in Winston-Salem, the things they learned, and the way in which our community embraced them. Visit Habitat International’s page for more information on the Collegiate Challenge Program or contact Debbie Cesta at 336.306.8419.

The video below shares the unforgettable experiences of a group of young men who traveled from Brooklyn, NY with SIMBA Academy to serve with us in the spring of 2012.

COLLEGIATE CHALLENGE

For more than 15 years, Habitat Forsyth has hosted teams of college students from throughout the country on service trips through Habitat International’s Collegiate Challenge Program. The program provides students with an alternative spring or fall break experience: a trip to a Habitat affiliate, usually in another state, to work on Habitat houses. In addition to providing volunteer labor, the participants make a financial contribution to the affiliate’s building fund.

Jimmy Johnson Volunteer Lodge

In order to double Habitat Forsyth’s capacity for hosting Collegiate Challenge students, we have recently completed the Jimmy Johnson Volunteer Lodge, named in memory of a long-time volunteer and board president. This brand new facility can house up to 40 students at a time, doubling the annual volunteer hours of these groups to 28,000 hours for Habitat projects. The availability of more volunteer teams will greatly increase the number of families served through new construction, repair and weatherization programs.

FAQS
  • Other service opportunities can be provided
  • Breakfast is provided each day, lunch on work days, and dinner Monday- Thursday
  • If you want to hike around Pilot Mountain State Park it is only a 45 minute drive
  • We are located 1 mile from downtown Winston-Salem
  • We have built 450+ homes and served 1,423+ families in 32 years

We are looking for: colleges, universities, high schools, churches, service clubs, and any other service-minded groups.

Participants in Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge teams often describe in their evaluations the life-changing experiences they have had in Winston-Salem, the things they learned, and the way in which our community embraced them. Visit Habitat International’s page for more information on the Collegiate Challenge Program or contact Debbie Cesta at 336.306.8419.

The video below shares the unforgettable experiences of a group of young men who traveled from Brooklyn, NY with SIMBA Academy to serve with us in the spring of 2012.

Young Professionals

Members of Habitat Young Professionals raise money to build Habitat houses, volunteer their time and energy to support Habitat’s mission, and gain valuable leadership development skills. HYP members enjoy regular social engagements, priority volunteer assignments, interactive fundraising opportunities, and exclusive member appreciation events.

The unique combination of opportunities available to HYP members builds more than just a home; it builds a community, friendships and camaraderie. Since its founding in 2009, HYP has raised over $140,000 for Habitat Forsyth, built four homes, engaged young professionals, and continues to grow.

Sign up for any of the listed HYP build opportunities.

Interested in getting involved? For more information, contact the Habitat Young Professionals at HYPwinstonsalem@gmail.com.

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Young Professionals

Members of Habitat Young Professionals raise money to build Habitat houses, volunteer their time and energy to support Habitat’s mission, and gain valuable leadership development skills. HYP members enjoy regular social engagements, priority volunteer assignments, interactive fundraising opportunities, and exclusive member appreciation events.

The unique combination of opportunities available to HYP members builds more than just a home; it builds a community, friendships and camaraderie. Since its founding in 2009, HYP has raised over $140,000 for Habitat Forsyth, built four homes, engaged young professionals, and continues to grow.

Sign up for any of the listed HYP build opportunities.

Interested in getting involved? For more information, contact the Habitat Young Professionals at HYPwinstonsalem@gmail.com.

   Like and follow HYP!

  

WAKE FOREST CAMPUS CHAPTER

Wake Forest’s Habitat for Humanity student chapter conducts awareness raising, educational programs, and fundraisers to support the mission of Habitat. They also serve as an on-campus hub for students interested in getting involved with the local chapters by scheduling build dates and other special events for volunteers.

  • Adviser: Shelley Graves Sizemore (gravessa@wfu.edu)
  • Volunteering Opportunities: various builds as well as events held throughout the year. Currently accepting registration for Fall Saturday builds.
  • Leader Recruitment: Executive Applications are available Mid-Spring.
WAKE FOREST CAMPUS CHAPTER

Wake Forest’s Habitat for Humanity student chapter conducts awareness raising, educational programs, and fundraisers to support the mission of Habitat. They also serve as an on-campus hub for students interested in getting involved with the local chapters by scheduling build dates and other special events for volunteers.

  • Adviser: Shelley Graves Sizemore (gravessa@wfu.edu)
  • Volunteering Opportunities: various builds as well as events held throughout the year. Currently accepting registration for Fall Saturday builds.
  • Leader Recruitment: Executive Applications are available Mid-Spring.
Youth Ambassadors

Habitat Youth Ambassadors is open to any high school student in Forsyth County, even if your school doesn’t have a Habitat Club! Group builds, special events and fundraising opportunities are available year-round.

Find upcoming HYA events and volunteer opportunities, including details on how to sign-up, in our Youth and Young Professionals Calendar.


Join a Habitat Club at Your School

We need members and representatives at every school! As a representative, you would attend monthly meetings, help plan fundraisers, promote events, and recruit volunteers. We are pleased to announce that we have a club at several schools throughout the county.

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Contact Information for School Sponsors

Bishop McGuiness: Alain Tourret
East Forsyth: Andrea Monroe
Kennedy: Dean Bagnoni
Mount Tabor: Carrie Bennett
Parkland: Tammy Jones
Reynolds: Stephanie Walters
West Forsyth: Audrey Hayes


Age Restrictions
  • ReStore: Minimum age is 14. Those 14-15 need a parent/guardian present while they volunteer.
  • Construction: Minimum age is 16 to help on the build site.
  • Other Opportunities: We’re constantly looking for opportunities to offer our younger youth, so check our calendar often!

For volunteers under 18, a parent or guardian must complete a Youth Waiver.


Get Your Group Involved

We would love to have your sports team, youth group, Boy/Girl Scout troop, etc. involved with Habitat!


For more information about youth programs, please contact Patricia Flavin at 336.245.9048 or patricia.flavin@habitatforsyth.org.

Youth Ambassadors
  • Habitat Youth Ambassadors is open to any high school student in Forsyth County, even if your school doesn’t have a Habitat Club! Group builds, special events and fundraising opportunities are available year-round.Find upcoming HYA events and volunteer opportunities, including details on how to sign-up, in our Youth and Young Professionals Calendar.

    Join a Habitat Club at Your School

    We need members and representatives at every school! As a representative, you would attend monthly meetings, help plan fundraisers, promote events, and recruit volunteers. We are pleased to announce that we have a club at several schools throughout the county.

    Follow HYA on Instagram!

    Contact Information for School Sponsors

    Bishop McGuiness: Alain Tourret
    East Forsyth: Andrea Monroe
    Kennedy: Dean Bagnoni
    Mount Tabor: Carrie Bennett
    Parkland: Tammy Jones
    Reynolds: Stephanie Walters
    West Forsyth: Audrey Hayes


    Age Restrictions
    • ReStore: Minimum age is 14. Those 14-15 need a parent/guardian present while they volunteer.
    • Construction: Minimum age is 16 to help on the build site.
    • Other Opportunities: We’re constantly looking for opportunities to offer our younger youth, so check our calendar often!

    For volunteers under 18, a parent or guardian must complete a Youth Waiver.


    Get Your Group Involved

    he build site.

  • Other Opportunities: We’re constantly looking for opportunities to offer our younger youth, so check our calendar often!

For volunteers under 18, a parent or guardian must complete a Youth Waiver.


Get Your Group Involved

We would love to have your sports team, youth group, Boy/Girl Scout troop, etc. involved with Habitat!


For more information about youth programs, please contact Patricia Flavin at 336.245.9048 or patricia.flavin@habitatforsyth.org.