Watauga Habitat for Humanity

Team Descriptions


Our volunteers do more than build houses! Committee members are essential to Habitat’s growth. We welcome your expertise, connections and passion on one of the committees that plans and maintains Habitat’s programs.

Family Support Team
Reports to the affiliate Board of Directors and is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating the affiliate’s support program. The committee specifically works with families through:

Sweat equity
Homeownership education
The closing process
Adjustment to new responsibilities
Continued partnership

Family Selection Team
Responsible for drafting the selection criteria used to select families for approval by the board of directors. The committee is also responsible for:

Informing prospective homeowners that they may be eligible to apply
Developing an orientation program for applicants
Developing application forms
Screening applications
Interviewing prospective partner families
Recommending applicants to board of directors for approval

Once an application has been approved as a prospective homeowner, the committee works in conjunction with the Family Support Committee to continue the relationship building process.

Construction Team
Works with Site Selection to evaluate potential sites, creates workable house plans, develops systems and schedules for organizing families and volunteers for construction, and establishes contacts in the professional community. The opportunities offered to the community to participate in the construction process are vital to the continued growth of the affiliate. Volunteer participation, recognition and encouragement; spreads the good news of Habitat throughout the community and sustains the health and growth of the affiliate.

The Construction Committees are responsible for:

Construction coordination and schedules
Construction supervision
Material procurement

Community Outreach Committee
This committee seeks to strengthen the support of the affiliate’s work by gaining volunteers and financial resources from community groups included faith and civic-based organizations. The purpose of the committee is to recognize, celebrate, provide support for, reach out to, and increase participation from the local community for Watauga Habitat for Humanity. The Community Outreach Committee is charged with (1) supporting current coalitions and faith communities, (2) identifying and cultivating faith communities and organizations not yet involved with Watauga Habitat and 3) planning build projects aligned with Habitat’s mission to engage faith communities. The committee meets at 12pm on the first Wednesday of each month at F.A.R.M. Cafe.  For more information contact Janice Koppenhaver at koppenhaverj@appstate.edu 

Resource Development Committee

The Resource Development Committee provides guidance to Watauga Habitat's development program. The committee serves as the mechanism by which board members and other volunteers are involved in the fundraising process. The RDC is charged with focusing the organization and its board of directors on essential elements in the fundraising process. This includes: paying close attention to the current strength of the affiliate’s mission and case for support, serving on Blueprints and Bow Ties fundraising team, understanding the resources required to carry out our mission, assisting in raising the necessary funds and demonstrating good stewardship of the funds received. The committee meets at 9:30am on the first Thursday of each month at University Hall Drive, Boone NC. For more information contact Allison Jennings, Watauga Habitat Director of Development, at (828) 268-9545 x104 or allison@wataugahabitat.org 

Communications Team

Responsible for sharing Habitat’s mission with the people living in Watauga County, and all volunteers. The goal of the team is to continually seek to raise and maintain the community’s awareness of Habitat’s work in ways that properly reflect the mission, beliefs and image of Habitat for Humanity International.

Sharing the mission includes educating and informing the public of Habitat principles, policies, and procedures in an accurate and responsible manner. Effective sharing of the Habitat mission with the entire community will raise public awareness and ultimately activate more people to be involved in some way, shape or form in the elimination of poverty housing from the face of the earth. It should also assist in addition a leveraging of local resources to address local challenge.

Site Selection Team

To target the area of the community in which the ministry of Habitat will develop and work. Ideally, this would be done in an area in which property is readily available at a reasonable cost. Once an area is targeted, it is the committee’s responsibility to identify and recommend property for acquisition to the Board. The team then follows through with the acquisition process.

Land Development
This committee has formed to administer the development process of the recently purchased 20 acres in Green Valley. Coordinating the surveying, enginering, timbering, road cutting, and utilities are the main responsibilities of this committee.

Long-Range Planning
Develops and continually reviews a three-year plan. The team works to implement, plan and forecast new initiatives, and identify future opportunities and risks for the affiliate.

ASU Habitat Chapter
The Appalachian State University Chapter of Habitat for Humanity is a group of students working in partnership with the Watauga County affiliate to further Habitat’s mission. View their page.

Covenant Churches
Habitat for Humanity serves to demonstrate the love and teachings of Jesus Christ. It is natural that the church should be a primary partner in Habitat’s work. Establishing a relationship with local churches can help Watauga County’s Habitat for Humanity.

Expand volunteer network.

Build a prayer network for the ministry of Habitat.

Maintain your focus in living out the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Secure successful, long-term and reliable funding partners.

Select building sites, target communities for building and build relationships within those communities.

Identify potential homeowners.

Strengthen your family selection and partnering efforts.

Educate the community about the need for simple, decent, healthy housing.

Pledge of monetary support for Habitat, with either monthly, semi-annual or annual payments.

Watauga County Habitat for Humanity is empowered when the community of faith prays for Habitat and when congregations join Habitat as covenant churches in discipleship and service.

St. Mary’s of the Hills
St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Grace Lutheran
Deerfield United Methodist
First Presbyterian
Trinity Baptist
Boone United Methodist
First Baptist of Blowing Rock

Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church