BUILDERS FOR CHRIST VOLUNTEERS Q&A
Interested in volunteering for Builders For Christ? Read through these frequently asked questions.
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Q: What is the application process for a building project?
A: In addition to completing the Kingdom Workers Application, BFC volunteers will also need to fill out a “Project Sign-Up Form”. This captures information specifically needed for a building project. Once you’ve applied, a volunteer coordinator will contact you and confirm your availability. Next, the Project Manager will put together a full team schedule to make sure there are enough volunteers each week and will send final approval to all volunteers who are chosen to be part of that project.
Q: What can I expect as a Builders for Christ volunteer?
A: Most projects need a combination of skilled and entry level volunteers. If you’ve never lifted a hammer, you can still volunteer! On-the-job training is provided. Volunteers can choose to serve for just a few days up to the entire project length. Volunteers generally put in eight-hour days with a few breaks during the day for meals. Evenings can be spent socializing with the team or exploring the local area. Work includes painting, putting up drywall, framing, staining, etc. Each phase of the project requires different skills and numbers of volunteers.
Q: What are some examples of Builders For Christ projects?
A: Click here to find information about 2015 and 2016 projects: http://www.kingdomworkers.com/buildersforchrist.php
Builders For Christ also helps with home rehabilitation on the Apache reservations. Click here to learn more about that opportunity: http://www.kingdomworkers.com/apachehousing.php
BFC is involved in 3-5 large projects each year that last approximately three months, and there are many smaller projects that only take a few weeks.
Q: Is housing provided?
A: Builders For Christ volunteers may have the option to travel with their RV and park near the project site. Hotels are available nearby, and many congregations provide host families for short-term volunteers. Specific housing information will be included in the project description.
Q: How do I fundraise for my trip?
A: Past volunteers have had success with crowd fundraising websites such as FundMyTravel, Volunteer Forever, and Go Fund Me. This is a great way to not only raise the money for your trip, but also to spread awareness about your cause to your friends, family, and community. It is also recommended to give a presentation at your church to give them the opportunity to learn more about the mission project and support your efforts.
Additionally, if you are a student, many universities and colleges offer grants and scholarships for volunteer service which offers educational and philanthropic components. Check with your school to see if you are eligible.
Q: I’m not sure what to do for transportation, can you help?
A: Absolutely! We are happy to talk through different options and share ideas. Some BFC volunteers drive an RV to the work site and stay for a longer period of time. For short-term volunteers, there is usually housing available with church members. You can also choose to stay at a hotel.