If the open road calls to you, the RV Care-A-Vanners are for you. This volunteer program invites anyone who travels by recreational vehicle to make Habitat part of your journey, or even your destination.
Bring your family and friends. Everyone is welcome, and no experience is necessary. We understand that whether you live your life on the road full-time, or just squeeze in an adventure when you can, you appreciate the need for safe, affordable housing. This is your opportunity to help provide the same for others.
If you spend a lot of time on the road, you likely consider anyone you meet to be a neighbor. We feel the same way. It’s this mindset that helps us further our mission. We’d love for you to partner with us because there are a lot of neighbors who need our help. By participating in Habitat’s RV Care-A-Vanners, you will actually get to meet and work with families on their house and help them create a place they can call home. It starts with recreation, but ends with relationship.
There are many ways to get involved in the RV Care-A-Vanners program. Some RV Care-A-Vanners have trained to be Master Safety Trainers and travel the country training Habitat affiliates in the latest safety regulations. Others train to become a part of our Disaster Rebuild Team to help communities recover after a disaster. Other skilled volunteer opportunities are available as well, including serving on the RV Care-A-Vanner desk staff to help manage the program.
Besides hands-on volunteering, our RV Care-A-Vanners have become Habitat advocates. Many donate not only funds, but their time to speak to churches, civic groups and the media about the importance of safe, affordable housing and the results of poor living conditions. Additionally, some have even organized fundraising teams or sponsored entire houses.
Join the RV Care-A-Vanner community
- Learn how to register for a build.
- Find a scheduled build.
- Locate ongoing building opportunities.
- Train to become part of the Disaster Rebuild Team.
- Donate to the RV Care-A-Vanners.
- Donate by mail or learn how to donate your RV, trailer, boat or car.
Frequently Asked Questions
Anyone with a self-contained recreational vehicle with holding tanks that can be dumped in compliance with local, state and federal law. A motor home, fifth wheel or travel trailer can participate. We also work with special interest RV groups such as Family Motor Coach Association Chapter: Habitat for Humanity, RV manufacturer groups and travel clubs.
The RV Care-A-Vanners volunteer throughout the United States and Canada.
No problem. We’ll be happy to teach you on-site. We have a wide range of projects to suit your comfort level including framing, roofing, interior and finish work and renovations. You can try something new, or stick to something more familiar. Alternatively, we also need volunteers in the Habitat offices, or to act as “gofers” around the build site.
Generally, each build consists of eight to 20 volunteers and lasts about two weeks. The build begins with a welcome event hosted by the local Habitat office. Each work day typically entails a morning devotional and six to seven hours of building, with morning, lunch and afternoon breaks. Depending on the build, lunch may be provided.
The local Habitat office will provide low-cost RV parking, instruction, supervision, power tools, building materials and ladders. Additionally, volunteers can expect at least minimal electric hookups, access to water and a nearby dump station.
Please prepare to bring sturdy work shoes, gloves, a tool belt, hammer, square, pencil and measuring tape. While RV Care-A-Vanner volunteers each pay their own expenses, some may be tax-deductible.