Committees help support the day-to-day operations of West Orange Habitat for Humanity and provide an opportunity for long-term volunteer engagement. Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, each committee performs a vital set of tasks which help us a 



Design & Construction

Chair: Kenny Ermann (
Meetings: Every Other Tuesday @ 6PM

The Design & Construction Committee is responsible lot acquisition, home design, and construction planning/logistics. This includes working with local government officials, realtors and individuals on acquiring lots and assuring that lots are “buildable” and suitable for a partner family. People who have a knowledge of real estate, surveying, building codes, general construction trades, building supplies, carpentry are encouraged to join this committee.

  • Lot Selection & Acquisition
  • Land Planning & Home Design 
  • Construction Planning & Safety   
  • Material Procurement
  • Build-Day Coordination 

Homeowner Services 

Chair: Melissa Dekosky (
Meetings: 4th Tuesday of each month @ 5PM

Volunteers assist the committee in identifying and selecting qualified families for West Orange Habitat homes. This entails the offering of quarterly community orientation sessions to educate persons interested in homeownership about the ministry's eligibility requirements and procedures, and to provide a forum for questions to be raised and answered.  The committee is further charged with the responsibility to timely evaluate all applications submitted, together with their accompanying financial documentation, and to maintain ongoing communications with all applicant families.  Committee members also conduct home visits (in teams of two) to those applicant families passing the committee's financial pre-screening in order to assess these families' current living conditions and thereby determine applicant need. Lastly, the committee provides ongoing friendship, counseling, and practical assistance to approved homeowner families, and strives to promote enduring and meaningful relationships that aid in the integration of these homeowner families into the fullness of the ministry's work.




Chair: Marilyn Hattaway (
Meetings: TBD

Working hand-in-hand with the Director of Development, this committee develops and implements the long range strategic plans to insure that the fiscal needs of West Orange Habitat are met, thus enabling the ministry to broaden its reach and impact upon deserving families in West Orange County. 

  • Fundraising Event Planning 
  • Fundraising Campaigns
  • Requests for In-Kind Donations  


Chair: TBD
Meetings: TBD

The people who serve on this committee help organize and contact other volunteers to set up time and places to work, whether on the job site, fundraiser, in the corporate offices in an administrative or marketing assistant capacity, or at the ReStore. The committee works to engage, recruit, organize and reward new and existing volunteers while keeping track of volunteer hours and setting criteria for volunteer recognition. Committee members assist with construction and organizational needs like coordinating meetings, events and food for delivery to the worksites. 

  • Volunteer Recruitment 
  • Volunteer Appreciation 
  • Volunteer Coordination


Chair: Claudette Strobel (
Meetings: Every Other Monday @ 5PM

This committee plans and coordinates all fundraising and public awareness publicity and media relations. They are responsible for sharing and promoting Habitat’s mission with the people in our geographical service area. 

  • Website Content & Updates 
  • Print Media for Other Committees 
  • Media Relations 
  • Online and Print Advertising for ReStore
  • Community events and appearances through our Speaker's Bureau

Other Opportunities & Needs: 

Please contact us if you are interested in assisting our organization in any of the following ways. 

  • Construction Skilled Labor 
  • Graphic Design
  • Home Design & Engineering 
  • Maintenance
  • Legal and/or Financial Oversight or Support