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Our Special Builds throughout the year are an opportunity to come together as a community to help our neighbors in need.  If you’d like to be a part of one of our  special build events, you do not need prior building experience to volunteer. There are opportunities for all skill levels and abilities. You may also volunteer with others, or come solo. All contributions are welcome. Consider lending your time and talents to build and repair homes, because improved communities benefit us all.


Through Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity’s Special Build program, we bring our community together for one shared purpose – to build safe and affordable housing for families in need of a decent place to call home.

Veterans Build

Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity provides homeownership, critical home repairs, employment and volunteer engagement opportunities to U.S. veterans, military service members and their families.

Five areas we focus on:


  • Building – Safe, decent, affordable housing is the centerpiece of Veterans Build. In many communities, we are expanding programs to maintain and preserve homes by providing critical home repairs to military veteran homeowners.
  • Employment – Habitat for Humanity values skill sets gained from your military service. We recruit veterans to work at Habitat as employees, board members, and volunteers.
  • Volunteer engagement – We provide volunteer experiences that bring together veterans, military families and their neighbors. These experiences help bridge the gap and ease the transition to civilian life with fulfilling community engagement.
  • Education – Habitat for Humanity provides financial literacy programs. Our programs support successful homeownership among veteran and military homeowners.
  • Honor – Throughout the year, we host special events that pay tribute to veterans, raise awareness and mobilize volunteers. We invite you to join one of our build events.

women build

Since 1991, Women Build volunteers from all walks of life have come together to build stronger, safer communities.


Our Women Build events provide the opportunity for women to take a proactive step in serving their communities.


Any woman who wants to learn how to build and construct a home is invited to join us. No experience is necessary. Volunteers work under the guidance of construction professionals, and also alongside other volunteers and future Habitat homeowners. Whether you are learning new skills or simply adding a few to your tool belt, this is a rewarding experience for all involved, and improves the community that you share.


Women Build is also a terrific way to involve your friends and family of all ages in crucial work with a lasting impact. Women helping women sends a positive and powerful message. You can also come alone, and make new friends. The atmosphere is collaborative and friendly.

Building Homes from the Heart

100.1 WJRZ is proud to partner with Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity for our third annual, “Building Homes from the Heart” campaign.

This October 20th & 21st, join the 100.1 WJRZ airstaff and support team and Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity to build a house for a deserving working family in New Jersey and make the opportunity to own a decent and affordable home a dream come true.


Sponsor a WJRZ Jock!

We’re putting the staff to work, sweating & swinging hammers, but the supplies don’t come free. Lumber, nails, and other supplies cost money, so instead of asking you to bring it to us, the donation goes to help provide the materials so we can have it ready on build day! Donate on the form on the right of this page to help support this build event!

Become a corporate sponsor of the event.

If you have some swing with your boss (or if you are the big boss) then we’d love to put your business’ name up in lights as a big sponsor of this incredible event.  CLICK HERE to email us with your info or call 973-538-1250 ext 1326 and ask for Mike.


  • Oct 20 & 21,  100.1 WJRZ and Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity will have a work-site at the Habitat ReStore in Toms River to construct panels for a home.
  • Once the panels are assembled, they will transported to the property where the home will be completed.
  • When the house is finished, we will have a dedication for the home.

This is an opportunity for members of the community to help a deserving neighbor.

Help us build a home from the heart!


9am-10am: Opening Ceremony hosted by Matt Knight

10am-2pm:  Live Broadcast with Barbara Farragher

10am-12pm: First Build Shift

1:00pm-3pm: Second Build Shift


10am-2pm:  Live Broadcast with Barbara Farragher

10am-12pm: First Build Shift

1pm-3pm: Second Build Shift

CLICK HERE to check out photos from our Inaugural Building Homes from the Heart event!

Bringing homes to 60 families and counting

Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity lies within one of the hardest-hit Sandy-impacted communities, particularly since our affiliate area includes the barrier island in Ocean County. Funding from various donors, companies, relief funds and foundations helped us assist in the rebuilding efforts of over 60 Sandy-impacted homes.


Northern Ocean Habitat is a proud member of the Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group whose mission is to strengthen and streamline disaster coordination by sharing information, facilitating resident access to dispersal of funds, resources and other services, coordinating recovery efforts with Federal, State and local authorities and agencies, coordinating volunteer activities and resources, and jointly resolving cases with disaster recovery needs, in partnership with a network of n

Garden State Distillery and Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity are mashing up big plans! Proceeds from this whiskey will go directly towards Northern Ocean Habitat’s next home build. You are making an impact in your community with this purchase. By raising this glass, you are helping to raise the walls of our next home. More details coming soon!