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Home Construction Volunteering
Our major volunteering need is building and rehabbing Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley homes through individual and group volunteering, special events such as Women Builds, Care-A-Vanners, Collegiate Challenge, Blitz Builds, and A Brush With Kindness. For additional information on volunteering on our Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley homes, please visit the Build Day Information page.
Current Projects & "Before" Pictures
Elgin Watch National Historic District
Just south of Elgin's downtown is the section of town most closely associated with the Elgin National Watch Company. The company established in 1864 and built its factory on a 35-acre site on the east bank of the Fox River just south of downtown. This neighborhood is now part of a Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative. Wells Fargo has graciously donated the property at 463/465 St. Charles Street, which will be converted into a duplex for two deserving families.
Thrivent Financial has partnered with us to sponsor their 13th home at 39 Robin Road in Carpentersville. This box ranch ended up being a complete teardown as opposed to our typical gut-rehab, as the structural damage ended up being too extensive to be worth saving. The three-bedroom, one-bathroom box ranch was built sometime during the 1950s and will be our first new construction project in five years. The family that has been matched to this house is a single mom with two daughters.
25th Anniversary 25-Day Blitz Build
On July 31, 2015, we will be celebrating our 25th year as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity. In 25 volunteer days leading up to that date, we will be blitzing through the building of a house at 708 Elma Avenue in Elgin. Following a gas explosion over five years ago at the house previously at this site, we purchased this vacant property to build a new, safe four-bedroom, two-bathroom ranch with a finished basement for Sheena Perez and her six children.