Out of Town Volunteers

Habitat STW welcomes Habitat Volunteers from all over the United States! Volunteers are able to work with our affiliate independently or through programs such as RV Care-A-Vanners, Thrivent Financial, and Collegiate Challenge. To make the most our of your visit to Louisiana we can help you plan fun, cultural activities to do offsite. If you do not live in the state of Louisiana and would like more information about planning a volunteer trip, please contact Katie Melucci at 985-893-3172 ext. 222 or kmelucci@habitatstw.org.


This volunteer program invites anyone who travels by recreational vehicle to make Habitat STW part of your journey, or even your destination. Care-Vanners are a large part of Habitat STW's volunteer construction force and the affiliate loves having them. Care-A-Vanners traditionally sign up for a two week volunteer period in which they are joined by 2 to 4 other rigs. We offer a very reduced rate at a local camp site that offers full amenities. The Care-A-Van crews spend their days in volunteer service while their evenings are typically full of socializing and taking advantage of the wonderful restaurants and activities Southeastern Louisiana has to offer.

The program is managed through Habitat International, to learn more please visit their page here. If you have questions about our local affiliate please reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator, Katie Melucci.



For over a decade, Thrivent Financial has partnered with Habitat to build safe, affordable homes in partnership with those living in poor housing conditions both in the United States and around the world through the Thrivent Builds program. The partnership blends the financial, volunteer and advocacy resources of Thrivent Financial and its members with the hands-on, global experiences of Habitat.

To register to volunteer for Thrivent Builds please visit the Thrivent Builds website.

Collegiate Challenge

Volunteer at Habitat STW through HFHI's alternative break program. This unique one-week volunteer opportunity is offered at Habitat STW in the winter and spring. The days will be filled with volunteer service on the construction site or in the ReStore (your choice), while evenings are free to take advantage of everything Southeastern Louisiana has to offer. Habitat STW can assist is scheduling swamp tours and sunset canoe trips, while sharing wonderful restaurant and attraction suggestions. If possible we may even have a crawfish boil on site!

During a Collegiate Challenge stay, lodging will be provided at a mission center. The group will have hot showers, bunks and bedding, and three meals a day. If you have any questions about spending your school break with Habitat STW please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Katie Melucci. To learn more about Collegiate Challenge and to begin the registration process click here.