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The Fuller Center for Housing

701 S Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Americus, GA  31719

Contact Person

David Snell
Phone Number:  229-942-2861
Email Address:  dsnell@fullercenter.org

Program Information

The Fuller Center for Housing is an ecumenical Christian nonprofit that provides homeownership opportunities to those of limited means who have no other access to the resources to own their home.  The Fuller Center has partner organizations in 80 U.S. cities and 20 other countries.  The work of these groups is to build and renovate houses in partnership with families in need.  Our local work is directed by the Americus/Sumter Fuller Center for Housing, with whom you are currently discussing partnership opportunities.

Beyond our work in Americus we have projects across the country and around the world that invite volunteers.  Our Global Builders program offers horizon-expanding experiences in purposeful international travel.  Work teams spend seven to ten days at one of our projects in Peru, Haiti, Nepal and a number of other sites working with local folks building and repairing homes. A number of teams from GSW have participated in this program over the years.

Stateside we have a number of projects, some in Georgia (Albany, Macon, Lumpkin, Henry County, Cordele) that are easily accessible.  We also have a number of projects in the Mississippi Delta region, one of the poorest areas in the country.  The sites accept volunteers as well.

Job Description

All of the projects described above rely heavily on volunteer labor.  The tasks range from simple clean-up to carpentry, painting and landscaping.  All of the sites have project managers who oversee the work, provide job training, assure the quality of the work, and promote safety.  Any of these sites expose the volunteers to the challenges facing America’s poor.  The Mississippi Delta work is especially eye-opening. 

Additionally, unpaid internships are available in a number of area—supporting our Bicycle Adventure team, social networking, public relations and photography/videography.

Requirements

None of these projects require skilled workers and all have construction leaders who instruct the volunteers in the tasks they are assigned to.  Federal regulations limit the work that volunteers under the age of 18 can do, such things as operating power tools and working on roofs or ladders. There are no limitations on the jobs those over 18 can do.  As these are work sites volunteers should dress accordingly in clothes that could get damaged or dirty.  We ask that closed-toed shoes be worn for protection.  Otherwise all are welcome.  Accommodation can be made for students with disabilities.

Hours

Days and hours will be arranged with the hosting Fuller Center partner organization. 

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