If you're handy with a hammer and nails, you might enjoy volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, an organization dedicated to providing affordable housing to those in need. The organization builds and rehabilitates houses though volunteer labor and donations of money and materials. You'll work alongside homeowner (or partner) families, who must invest their own labor into building a house, along with a down payment and monthly mortgage.
Habitat for Humanity is a worldwide organization that operates in the Unites States, as well as in dozens of other countries around the world. Since its founding in 1976, the group has built over 400,000 homes and helped over 2 million people.
Whether you live in Anchorage, Alaska, or Atlanta, Ga., you can get involved with Habitat to help families in your community. You can also look into the Global Village program to help build or repair a home while experiencing another culture.
To learn more, visit www.habitat.org.