What are Care-A-Vanners?
Care-A-Vanners are volunteers who travel the US in their RVs and Campers to participate in Habitat for Humanity builds
The build is an event of the local Habitat affiliate, and so, is essentially like any other local project
What makes the project special is a group of camping enthusiasts who want to help others and travel the country at the same time.
Where is this program available?
The RV Care-A-Vanners volunteer throughout the United States and Canada.
What are the requirements to participate in an RV Care-A-Vanner build?
Many of our builds do not have access to a bathroom or shower house, therefore you must have a self-contained RV with holding tanks that can be dumped in compliance with local, state and federal law. It is not the responsibility of the Care-A-Vanner desk nor the affiliate to accommodate your sanitation needs.
What if I’ve never done this type of work before?
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.
What should I expect?
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.
What do you provide?
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.
What should I bring?
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.