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making an impact

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.

Veteran 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.

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 nonprofit organizations.

10 years since sandy

“I have been reflecting as we approach the 10 year anniversary post Sandy…  A home holds our treasures, our memories, our photos, our belongings…only to be swept away forever. Yet, out of the rubble we witnessed the best of humanity!  Strangers became friends, neighbors cared for neighbors, businesses shared their resources, nonprofits created a collaborative recovery and heroes came in the form of ‘Care-A-Vanners’ and stayed for weeks upon weeks rebuilding homes and hope for all of us.”

– Suzan Fichtner, former NOHFH Executive Director


Read “Superstorm Sandy – Looking Back 10 Years Later” here