The bush fires that raged across the country over the 2019 new year period gripped the nation and had a devastating effect on so many. 25 people, and over 1 billion animals lost their lives. 10 million hectares of land, and over 2,000 homes, including whole towns, were completely destroyed.
So much was lost, but we can all play our part in the recovery. Habitat for Humanity Australia has committed to providing recovery services to fire-affected families. On our Local Village build you will be on the ground, now that the smoke has cleared, restoring hope to families and communities affected.
Australians responded quickly and with large amounts of support while the fires were burning. The dust and ash have cleared and it is still a crucial time for families who need our help. With your support as a volunteer, Habitat will help salvage and rebuild, assisting homeowners.
You will work alongside the families affected, helping clean up, salvage, sort and pile debris including rebuilding homes, sheds, outbuildings, fencing and trees. As a team we will achieve so much more in a few days than the families would have achieved in months, saving them time, money and worry.
Make a difference all while making new friends, in the amazing landscape of the Southern Highlands*.
*Please note we may need to change locations at a later date.
Check into your accommodation, reinvigorating the local economy. Nestled among leafy canopies, down winding lanes and in lush, leafy towns, you’ll find the boutique hotel or cottage perfect for tucking yourself into a cosy retreat for the night, before the hard work begins. Join the team for a welcome dinner and get to know everyone.
Begin day one with your first partner family either renovating damaged homes or clearing bush fire debris. Unwind in the evening at the hotel and enjoy a glass of wine in a town that prides itself on their vineyards.
You will spend day two with your second partner family either renovating damaged homes or clearing bush fire debris. As the day comes to a close you can relax at the hotel and reflect on what you have achieved as a team over the past two days.
This is a free day where you can either depart home or venture around the Southern Highlands with some fantastic local activities. As you are a Habitat volunteer we have acquired discounts for you to enjoy on various activities and tours in the area.
- Registration: $100
- Minimum Fundraising Amount: $1,000 – This amount can be fundraised. (All donations over $2 are tax deductible and goes towards the Bushfire Recovery Program and impacts more families through a wider program in the Asia Pacific region.)
- Build Week Costs: Estimated $370 pp twin share ($570 pp single) depending on accommodation and meals.
- Fundraising contribution deadline: 1st April 2021
What’s included in your build week costs:
- Twin share accommodation (single accommodation available at an additional cost)
- All meals
- Chilled water on the build site
- Support from your team leader
- Personal fundraising webpage and access to fundraising resources
- Local coordinator
- Welcome orientation
- All necessary building materials and safety equipment
- 24 hour support
- Insurance while on the build site
Not Included (Volunteers are responsible for arranging their own):
- Transport to and from the site each day (you will drive your own vehicle)
- Optional Sunday Activity
- Additional nights accommodation
Should for any reason the Local Village Build have to be postponed to a later date, we will transfer all costs and fundraising on to another experience of your choosing (including overseas) with Habitat for Humanity Australia
Need more info?
Please leave your contact details and we will send you an information pack on this volunteer experience.
Registration closes on
15 March 2021
At this time builds cannot accept volunteers from any states which are closed off to NSW. If you register for this build and your borders do close before the build we will put your funds on hold until you can once again cross the border.
Note: this experience will be limited to the first 10 people to register. Strict Covid-19 precautions will be taken to minimise risk to volunteers and the local community. In the case of Covid-19 affecting the dates or location (including border restrictions) of the build all build-related expenses can be refunded (excluding travel costs), and funds raised transferred to a build at a later date.
The opportunity to change lives is in your hands.