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Join our home deposit campaign

Are you unsure when you’ll be able to travel again interstate or where you would want to go, but want to do something good for forgotten communities in Australia?

About the build

Our new campaign allows you to fundraise for a future build and put down a fundraising ‘deposit’ to help a family build back their home at a later date. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic State borders are quickly opening and closing with snap lockdowns effecting everyone’s travel plans. We want you to have something to look forward to while you do your part in keeping our community safe.

We are deeply grateful for your continued support, which is especially meaningful as the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has multiplied so many families’ need for safe, stable housing. Because of your commitment, families can begin to create and regain the financial stability to live healthy, stable lives for generations to come.

Register for our Home Deposit campaign and you can begin fundraising from home. Then when interstate travel opens you can elect to participate in one of our available builds. Currently there is no deadline to when you can transfer so you can fundraise as long as you need and make a decision at a later date.

Find out more

Please leave your contact details and we will send you an information pack on this volunteer experience.

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Begin day one by meeting your team for breakfast at a charming local café. Then drive to meet with your first partner family either renovating damaged homes or clearing bush fire debris. After the work is finished for the day check in to your accommodation and unwind in the evening at the hotel and enjoy a glass of wine in town. We have some great suggestions for local restaurants which will be provided to you in a travel guide.


You will meet your team onsite this morning and spend day two with your second partner family either renovating damaged homes or clearing bush fire debris. For the evening the team will all meet up and share a farewell dinner together at a delicious local restaurant. As the day comes to a close you can relax at your hotel and reflect on what you have achieved as a team over the past two days.


This is a free day where you can either depart home or venture around the Southern Highlands with some fantastic local activities.


Fundraising Contribution

Once you register to a Local Village build you commit to fundraising $1,000 for Habitat’s programs. All donations over $2 are tax-deductible and goes towards the Bushfire Recovery Program and families through a wider program in the Asia Pacific region.

Fundraising contribution deadline: Two weeks before build start date

What’s Included:

  • Registration: $220
  • Habitat branded T-shirt and hat
  • Welcome breakfast on the Friday morning
  • Farewell dinner on the Saturday evening
  • Lunch on both Friday and Saturday
  • Snacks and water
  • All necessary building materials and safety equipment
  • 24 hour support
  • Insurance while on the build site* You will pay your registration once you have selected a build

What’s Not Included
What’s Not Included in your costs:
Volunteers are responsible for booking these on their own but the Habitat team is happy to assist you with your search

  • Transport to and from the site each day (you will drive your own vehicle)
  • Optional Sunday Activity
  • Accommodation
  • Dinner on Friday evening
  • Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday morning

Ready to register?


Still, have some questions about volunteering? Read our frequently asked questions below.You can also call the Global Village team on 1800 88 55 99 or email [email protected]