Email: restore@lakesareahabitat.org


Volunteer Opportunities
STAPLES folks this is your opportunity to help build right in your back yard!

We will be building Mon-Fri for approximately 6 weeks, so if you can't be out the first week there are opportunities in the following weeks to help out.

Volunteer oppportunities for week of June 24-28th
Mon Jun 24th - bracing and finish framing & soffits and facia
Tues Jun 25th - bracing and finish frarming & sofficts and facia
Weds Jun 26th - Keith will be in Baxter
Thurs June 27th - insulating
Fri Jun 28th - insulating

Meet Josh and Breanna and family! Josh is a Veteran and their house is the next one we will be starting.

You can show gratitude for his service by helping us build their home and changing their lives.
I have a couple of small salvage projects for next week. Date can be flexible.
One is on South Long and one is in Deerwood. Please let me know if you have an interest in helping wth either one of those.

Monday, June 24: Pickups
Tuesday, June 25: Pickups
Wednesday, June 26: Pickups
Thursday, June 27: Pickups
Friday, June 28: Pickups
Saturday, June 29: Pickup at a church in Pequot
If you are able to help with any of the construction projects, contact Karen Skarolid:
If you are able to help with any pickups or salvages, contact Mary Johnson:
If you are able to help in the ReStore, contact Karen Skarolid:
(218) 454-7020

Swinging a hammer is not a requirement for serving at Habitat for Humanity. We welcome people from all walks of life to join us in our mission to make affordable housing a reality for hard-working families in our community. Whatever your experience, stage of life, skill-set, or passion, there is a place for you here.

Read on to learn about our opportunities.  Our current construction projects are listed at the bottom of this page.  Scroll on down!


  1. Read our volunteer opportunities below and decide what interests you.
  2. Tell us! Fill out our volunteer form.
  3. We will connect with you promptly and set up an orientation.
  4. Questions? Contact our volunteer coordinator at 218-828-8517.

Get hands-on experience on with Habitat! You’re never alone building with us; a professional staff member is always on site to teach new skills or put your expertise to best use.  Volunteers perform a variety of skilled and unskilled tasks including: framing, vinyl siding, sheetrocking, painting, flooring, and installing trim. We work alongside each partner family for each home, so you will see firsthand the lives you are impacting. Opportunities change day-to-day, happen indoors and outdoors, and last four hours (morning or afternoon).
If you would like to volunteer with Construction, please contact Karen Skarolid (Volunteer Coordinator)
The Habitat ReStore is a home improvement retail store that sells new and used donated building materials, furniture and appliances. We are open to the public and sell merchandise discounted up to 75% off standard retail prices.  All net proceeds support Lakes Area Habitat’s mission to build affordable homes for working families. We prevent quality items from the landfill. Regular weekly volunteers are needed to provide support to the ReStore staff, donors, and customers.  Visit our ReStore page for a full list of opportunities.
If you would like to volunteer in the ReStore, please contact Karen Skarolid (Volunteer Coordinator)
Throughout the year, Lakes Area Habitat holds annual events.  These events are a lot of fun and offer opportunities for individuals to get involved with Habitat for Humanity without lifting a hammer.  Our events help us raise awareness about our organization as well as raising the necessary funds it takes to build homes with Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity partner families.
If you would like to volunteer with Special Events, please contact Karen Skarolid (Volunteer Coordinator)

Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza -Come volunteer the day of the event and help raise funds for Habitat. The more volunteers we have, the more money we can raise. The event generally takes place the 3rd weekend in January.
If you would like to volunteer to help with the Jaycees Extravaganza, please contact Karen Skarolid (Volunteer Coordinator)

Earth Day Each year we celebrate Earth Day at the ReStore with special sales and a one-stop donation drop, where we partner with other area non-profits. The event takes place the Saturday after Earth Day. We can use help coordinating! Planning generally starts in February.
If you would like to volunteer to help with Earth Day, please contact Karen Skarolid (Volunteer Coordinator)

Madden's Annual Dinner/Auction The annual Dinner/Auction at Madden's is our largest fundraiser for the affiliate. We need help with planning from start to finish, including acquiring sponsors and auction items. The event generally takes place the 2nd week in June. The committee meets monthly starting in December.
If you would like to volunteer with the Dinner Committee, please contact Karen Skarolid (Volunteer Coordinator)

Hubbard County Dinner/Auction The Annual “Homes for Hubbard County” Dinner/Auction is a great evening of fun held at Blueberry Pines in Menahga.  The event generally takes place in the beginning of August and the committee meets monthly throughout the year.  Everyone is invited to be a part of the planning from gathering sponsors and auction items, to setting up on the day of the event.  Proceeds from this fundraiser help us build homes in the more challenging areas to serve in Hubbard County.
If you would like to volunteer with the Hubbard County Dinner, please contact Karen Skarolid (Volunteer Coordinator)

Site Blessings/Home Dedications Help us get the word out as we kick off a new build for a Site Blessing and again gather people when we complete the build for a Home Dedication.
If you would like to volunteer with Site Blessings/Home Dedications, please contact Karen Skarolid (Volunteer Coordinator)

Joining a committee is a great way to learn more about Habitat for Humanity.  Many people join a non-profit committee to learn more about a specific organization as well as gain experience with in an organization to add to their professional resume.  Committees support our mission by providing guidance, volunteer capacity and are the training and recruiting ground for Board members.  Typically meeting once a month, membership is composed of anyone in the community who wants to get involved in the decision making process of our organization.  Committees make recommendations to the Board, which makes final decisions.

Family Selection
Carry out the Board's vision by identifying families in need of decent, affordable housing. Develop the processes and policies for selecting those who best meet the criterion in the policies.
If you would like to apply to volunteer on the Family Selection Committee, please contact Karen Skarolid (Volunteer Coordinator)

Coordinate all financial and accounting aspects of the affiliate. Provide accurate and useful financial information to the Board of Directors to facilitate effective decision-making.
If you would like to apply to volunteer on the Finance Committee, please contact Karen Skarolid (Volunteer Coordinator)


Important Note:  Construction schedules are very fluid; many things - weather, inspections, the number of volunteers we have - affect the build schedule.  We recommend that you always check with us before you head out to the build site.

Please call (218) 828-8517 the day prior or the day of to confirm our schedule.

DuBray home - Crosby

Kowalzek home - Brainerd

Kemp home - Brainerd

Bower home - Park Rapids

Peterson home - Deerwood

Andrews home - Baxter

Hintz home - Baxter

Martin home - Baxter

Brandt home - Staples




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