How it works

Are you a new member of the Duke Habitat for Humanity Club? Answers to many of our commonly asked questions are found below.

What is Habitat for Humanity? 

Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the United States and in more than 70 countries around the world. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward our vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with people and families in need of a decent and affordable home.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity International, please visit

What is Durham Habitat for Humanity? 

Habitat for Humanity of Durham is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion.

For more information about Durham Habitat for Humanity, please visit

How do I sign up for a build? 

Durham Habitat hosts volunteer opportunities throughout the year. In collaboration with Duke Habitat, Durham Habitat reserve select build days for student volunteers, which take place during the spring and fall semesters.

Information about student build days will be announced by email, through the Duke Habitat email list. To join the email distribution list, please contact Duke Habitat, as indicated on the Contact tab of this website.

Students are welcome to join Durham Habitat on their own, on non-Duke build days and at other build sites. Visit the Durham Habitat website to learn more about these opportunities.

How do I get to a build? 

As our volunteer sites are off-campus in Durham, the Duke Habitat for Humanity Club will provide transportation for all students who need a ride. These rides are provided by other student volunteers who have cars on campus or, if necessary, by Ubers. Uber Fares will be reimbursed by the club.

Club/Group: How do I sign up my club or group for a build? 

If you are interested in bringing your Duke student club or organization to a Habitat build, please check our build schedule to see if there is are dates that would work for your group. Please contact a member of the Duke Habitat executive team with details of your group and the date in which you are interested in volunteering, and we will work to accommodate your request.

Is there any way I can volunteer more? 

If you are looking to get more involved, please contact a member of the executive team. We are excited by your enthusiasm and will work with you in finding the best way to put your efforts toward the club.