Habitat for Humanity – Good News Group

First UMC Build Dates 2022

Saturday, June 4 – 8:30 am – 3 pm

Friday, August 5 – 8:30 am – 3 pm

Full Crew (8 volunteers needed each date)


Help the Good News Group and Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley renovate an Ypsilanti home for a local family  in need of safe, stable and affordable housing!

The Good News Group is a collaboration of 13 area churches that support Habitat through financial contributions and volunteerism since 1997. Habitat estimates each build to cost the organization roughly $70,000 in individual, corporation and congregation funding, and takes roughly 1,500 volunteer hours to complete!

Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley engages our neighbors to build better neighborhoods though volunteer, donation, partnership and ReStore efforts. Habitat builds homes, communities and hope… under one roof.

No construction experience necessary and COVID-19 Health and Safety Regulations will be in place! Habitat will provide all materials, safety gear, tools and a site supervisor – we supply the hands!


In addition to providing volunteer labor, we want to help offset to cost of materials and supplies for the builds. Our goal for 2022 is to raise $3,000 for Habitat for Humanity. Click the “Donate Directly to Habitat” button below and under the “Congregation you are associated with” drop-down option choose First United Methodist Church – Brighton/Whitmore Lake link.  Alternatively, checks can be made out to First UMC (please add Habitat for Humanity on the memo line) and mailed to First UMC, 400 E. Grand River Ave, Brighton, MI  48116. Or use our online giving options and specify Habitat for Humanity.

Health & Safety

Habitat has put precautions in place to keep the volunteers and staff safe, see the Habitat Volunteer COVID Health & Safety guidelines.  Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley is committed to the health and safety of everyone on site.
We will continue following all COVID-19 federal and local guidelines to ensure a safe working environment.
These guidelines are subject to change. Thank you for volunteering with Habitat for Humanity!
We want to ensure you have a safe, healthy, and enjoyable build experience. Plan to bring your own water bottle and lunch.


NO BUILDING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED! Most  volunteers have never been involved with building a house and/or landscaping. All that’s needed is your willingness to learn and to help in ways your physical stamina allows. Due to safety regulations, those under the age of 16 are not permitted on site and those 16 and 17 years old must be accompanied by an adult guardian.

The Good News Group provides an Onsite Coordinator for each congregation, who is responsible for coordinating volunteer efforts with Habitat. Contact April Schauer, amschauer19@gmail.com.

Tasks may include light demolition, framing, insulation, blue board, house wrap, siding, floor repair, wall repair/framing, caulking, trim, cabinets, shelving, fixtures, windows and doors, painting, landscaping and yard.

Volunteers must register with their congregation (see below) and complete Habitat’s liability waiver prior to arriving on site. Due to safety regulations, those under the age of 16 are not permitted on the site, and those 16 and 17 years old must be accompanied by an adult guardian. Email James Hannah at jhannah@h4h.org for a Minor Waiver.

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