Volunteer Sign-Ups Online Now Available
Introducing our new volunteer and donor management system
Step 1: Visit our volunteer portal
Step 2: Create an account
Click on the “Sign Up” button and create your user profile. By creating an account, you’ll be able to see your personal volunteer schedule, track your hours, view your giving history, and browse upcoming opportunities.
In addition, the application and waiver process has been simplified. The system will automatically maintain your personal details, waivers, and forms. You’ll receive automated emails when any materials need to be updated, and you’ll be able to sign them easily online.
Step 3: Explore available shifts
Once you’re logged in, navigate to the “Volunteer Opportunities” page. Here, you’ll find a list of available shifts, including dates, times, and project descriptions. You can sort by campaign, location, date and time, and more.
Choosing “Available” under the “Availability” drop down will display unfulfilled shifts that are ready for a volunteer. Choose the shift that aligns with your interests and availability.
Step 4: Reserve your spot
Once you’ve clicked “Select” the system will prompt you to complete your user profile details. This information will be pre-filled for you when you sign up for future shifts.
Step 5: Get ready to make a difference
You’ll receive a confirmation email with the details of your shift. Dress comfortably, wear closed-toe shoes, and bring your enthusiasm!
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us. Your dedication and support are invaluable in helping us build strength, stability, and self-reliance through homeownership. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of local families.
Paso Robles ReStore Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Celebrations Held
Over 700 visitors welcome the ReStore to North County opening weekend
An atmosphere of excitement filled the air as the community gathered to celebrate the highly anticipated Grand Opening of Habitat for Humanity SLO County’s Paso Robles ReStore on August 25th. The event marked a collaborative effort towards sustainability, community development, and raising funds for affordable housing.
Joining Habitat SLO’s board, staff, and volunteers at the ribbon-cutting ceremony were notable attendees including Clint Weirick, Senior District Representative for State Senator John Laird; Vicki Janssen, Legislative Assistant to Supervisor John Peschong; Blake Fixler, Legislative Assistant to Supervisor Bruce Gibson; John Hamon, Paso Robles Mayor Pro Tem; Ty Lewis, Paso Robles City Manager; Steve Gregory, Paso Robles City Council; Chris Bausch, Paso Robles City Council; Fred Strong, Paso Robles City Council; Randy Harris, Paso Robles Deputy Fire Chief; Scott Hallett, Paso Robles Battalion Chief; Mark Koegler, Paso Robles City Planning Commission; Gina Fitzpatrick, Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce CEO, and Josh Cross, Atascadero Chamber CEO. The joint participation of these officials highlighted the unity between two neighboring communities in support of Habitat’s mission to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope.
Paso Robles ReStore, located at 844 9th Street, is a unique retail concept that offers an extensive range of new and gently used appliances, furniture, building materials, tools, and more. By repurposing these items, the ReStore not only reduces waste but also provides affordable alternatives for those looking to furnish their homes or complete DIY projects. The community’s enthusiasm was palpable even before the doors officially opened, with a line of 66 supporters well before the launch. Four customers shared their thoughts on the Grand Opening: Customer Marcia, a resident of Templeton and a DIY enthusiast, expected a little building and was pleasantly surprised to discover that the ReStore was actually a 10,000 square feet building. “I’m so glad you’re here. At your last location I bought doors, moulding, sinks, and furniture. Prices are good for remodeling projects!”
Customer Willemke shopped at the ReStore in the past as well and has been eagerly waiting for opening day. “I got everything I could at the ReStore. Just loved it. I stopped by almost every day to see if there was something new I ‘needed. It’s such a friendly staff. I’m so glad it’s open!”
Todd, a long-time donor and supporter is always happy to contribute to sustainability. “I believe that building materials need to go to Habitat for Humanity. It just makes sense. This location is perfect, and the store looks great, inside and outside.”
Jennifer Robinson brought her two boys to the ReStore, and six-year-old Lake enjoyed the 1938 Ford Pickup, which has been repurposed as a custom flatbed table. Robinson was glad to find a few other items.” I used to donate and today I am buying a sink and fertilizer. I am glad you are open again.”
The Paso Robles ReStore is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Groundbreaking Ceremony for Nine Homes in Paso Robles Held June 1
Over 70 people attend Golden Shovel Ceremony
Paso Robles, Calif. – June 1, 2023: Habitat for Humanity SLO County proudly held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of nine homes in Paso Robles Thursday June 1. Over seventy people attended including SLO County officials, Paso Robles city officials, Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce board members and staff, Habitat for Humanity board members and staff, and USDA Program Director for California, Stephen Nnodin.
Nicholas Rasmussen, Habitat for Humanity SLO County CEO, opened the ceremony. “I am extremely grateful for the continued support to address affordable housing needs for families in our community. This project is only possible because of continued collaboration at the city, county, state and federal levels.”
Emily Baranek, Vine Street Build Project Manager, has been a part of this project for over a decade, first as a volunteer. “We are so proud and thankful to be breaking ground on this project. Many people, businesses and organizations have been working for years to make this a reality. Together with our nine partner families, Habitat is looking forward to building a strong community around this project and I think today was a great start,” said Baranek.
Sponsors and partners include USDA, City of Paso Robles, County of San Luis Obispo. Precision Construction Services, Pacific Premier Bank, Mechanics Bank, A&T Arborists, Above Grade Engineering, Althouse & Meade, Ashley & Vance Engineering, Earth Systems Pacific, GEO Solutions, Greg Wilhelm Architects, Jim Burrows Landscape Architect, Will Ruoff Architect & 4Creeks, Vintage Wine Estates, and Zurn Industries.
Precision Construction Services is managing the nine-home Vine Street build. According to their CEO, Karl Vaillancourt, “I can’t think of a better way to give back to the community than to support Habitat’s mission of helping hard working families achieve the American dream of homeownership. We at Precision are humbled and honored to play a part in delivering for the organization, the community, and these deserving families.”
Jim Duffy, President of Ten Over Studio and Habitat SLO County Board President, is honored to be a part of the project. “Today’s groundbreaking marks a significant milestone for our organization. We are so grateful for the countless hours of dedicated volunteers in our community and the financial support we have received from a wide variety of sources to bring this project to life. We’re honored to be serving our community by building housing for our neighbors.”
Playhouse Build Program Launch
Introducing our Playhouse Build Program
With the Playhouse Build Program, our goal is to build joy in our community. Each event brings together creative volunteers and generous donors to create a place local children can imagine, play, and call their own. Play is an essential part of child development, and creative play in a safe, dream-inspiring place instills confidence and joy in the hope of our community’s future: our children.
Our playhouses are built from a customized template developed by Habitat SLO County’s Jim Harper. The simple design makes setting up these playhouses easy, while creative touches such as swinging shutters, shingled roofs, and a large door–coupled with the unique paint decorations–make the homes feel special for each child.
The finished playhouses are donated to local families or organizations, or may be resold in our ReStore.
March 25 Playhouse Build Event
Our Playhouse Build Program was officially launched on March 25 at the Octagon Barn in San Luis Obispo. Over 25 volunteers, staff, and supporters came together to decorate and assemble three full-size playhouses in six hours. Each team developed a creative design scheme for their house which included flowers, bugs, clouds, and stars, alongside festive and vibrant colors.
You can view one of these completed playhouses at “Build With Us” on Thursday May 4 at The Penny SLO before it is donated to the Tom Maas Clubhouse for the Boys and Girls Club in Paso Robles. The two other playhouses were donated to the San Luis Coastal Unified School District Adult School Parent Participation preschool playground.
2022 Legislation Prioritizes Housing in California
$250M+ CalHome Program Funding Secured
In 2022 Habitat for Humanity San Luis Obispo advocated for Governor Newsom to apply part of the nearly $100 billion state budget surplus toward investments in affordable housing throughout the state. Together Habitat California, a coalition of California-based Habitat of Humanity affiliates, the California Building Industry Association, and the California Association of Realtors, along with 250+ other coalition members across the state, sought to secure funding through the California Homeownership (CalHome) Coalition.
The CalHome Coalition seeks to secure funding that increases the affordable housing supply by providing grants to local public agencies and nonprofit corporations like HFHSLOCO. CalHome programs include first-time homebuyer and housing rehabilitation assistance, and homebuyer counseling and technical assistance to ensure low- and very-low income households can become and remain homeowners.
Our advocacy efforts paid off when $250 million was approved for the state’s CalHome program in the 2022-2023 budget, with a promise of an additional $100 million for the 2023-2024 budget. This victory will ensure development of affordable homes throughout the state, and support HFHSLOCO’s work in revitalizing local neighborhoods, preserving existing homes, and building affordable housing.
2022 Housing Production Legislation Wins
Habitat for Humanity California supported four bills which Governor Newsom signed into law this year.
- AB 2217, sponsored by Habitat California, requires the California Department of Housing and Community Development to consider setting higher per-unit total project allocations based on local development costs when appropriate. The bill also requires the department to consider adjustments to the maximum unit and project allocations for each new round of funding for new construction of homeownership units. This is a huge win for affordable housing in San Luis Obispo County where the cost to build a new home can easily exceed $430,000, and the average home price is over $909,000.
- AB 1933 expands the existing Property Tax Welfare Exemption to include other non-profit builders that construct owner-occupied units for low-income buyers, and it does not prohibit the homebuyer from paying a low-interest rate on their mortgage. Non-profit owners operating with the primary purpose to build and rehabilitate single or multi-family residential units will now see their properties fully exempt from property taxation on liens occurring on or after January 1, 2023 through January 1, 2028. This will increase the supply of affodable homes as more builders are incentivized to construct and rehabilitate affordible homes, and homeowners will not be disqualified from obtaining valuable property tax exemptions.
- AB 2097 prohibits any public agency from imposing a minimum automobile parking requirement on any residential, commercial, or other development project, so long as the development is located within one-half mile of public transport or in neighborhoods with less car use. This bill prioritizes people over cars and paves the way to build more affordable units with need-based parking requirements rather than a one-size-fits-all parking mandate.
- AB 2234 introduces an online application system for postentitlement phase permitting in some jurisdictions, and establishes time limits for review of such permits. The law requires that examples of completed permits for at least five common types of housing development projects be made availbale to all applicants. This act will improve accountability and efficiency when permitting housing, bringing permitting into the modern age and creating the opportunity for affordable housing to be permitted more quickly.
RECENT PROJECTS & NEWS | BLOG
Spotlight on Volunteer Pat Crowe & Homeowner Selection Committee
Homeowner Selection Process
One important step during a Habitat building project is the Homeowner Selection, which is supported by a very special set of volunteers. Once homeowner applications are reviewed to confirm the preliminary requirements for partnership with Habitat have been met, a home visit and interview by one of our trained and dedicated homeowner selection committee (HSC) volunteers is scheduled. This home visit is designed to allow Habitat to gather more information about the family’s housing need, their ability to repay an affordible mortgage, and their willingness to partner with Habitat.
While committee volunteers do not make the final decision in the homeowner selection process, they provide an invaluable service by getting to know prospective partner families and identifying any support needs if they are selected.
The heart of successful interviews
This summer we completed the application and selection process for our nine home project on Vine St. in Paso Robles. At the heart of successful applicant interviews are the volunteers, like Pat Crowe, was a remarkable addition to the HSC and brought with her valuable experience, as she served on the committee during our last build project. Pat has a unique vantage point since she collaborated with our last group of partner families from application to moving in. We are so appreciative of her contributions, and for the many years she has been a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity SLO County.
Read more about our interview with Pat below.
Pat Crowe: Local Realtor and longtime Habitat volunteer
Q: What do you love about Habitat?
A: Having been a local Realtor for the past 40 years, I know firsthand how costly it is to live in our County. Rents are extremely high and homeownership is out of reach for a large percentage of our population. It delights me that Habitat gives families possibly their only opportunity to go from being renters to becoming homeowners.
Q: What was the highlight of your experience as a volunteer?
A: There are two highlights. The first is when I have the opportunity to meet with each family in person. Because they never imagined they’d have the opportunity to become homeowners, listening to their personal stories and their dreams of homeownership is extremely touching.
The second is attending the ceremony when the families are handed the door keys to their very own homes. Their joy at entering the homes that they helped build is hard to put into words.
Q: What advice would you give to someone who is new to volunteering with Habitat?
A: Be compassionate, genuine, and open minded. Give yourself the opportunity to sincerely “tune in” to the families’ stories so they are left feeling cared about and welcomed.
When asked to describe herself or her interests, Pat was proud to mention she and her husband have a diverse, multi-cultural family, and remarked that she joined the HSC in 2006. She also identified herself as authentic, compassionate and open-minded, and our experience serving local families alongside Pat confirms she displays all of these attributes and more. Thank you for your scincere and generous commitment to the residents of San Luis Obispo County through the programs of Habitat for Humanity, Pat!
ReStore SLO Celebrates One Year on Broad St. with Sale Aug. 5-6
In August of 2021 we reopened our ReStore South at a brand new location: 2790 Broad Street. Following the closing of our ReStores due to the pandemic, this opportunity to start fresh at a new location brought on new opportunities and a new chapter for our organization.
On August 5 and 6 we are celebrating our one-year anniversary at our new location with a store-wide sale. Our entire store inventory will be up to 30% off and customers can expect great deals on everything from tools and home repair items to home furnishings. The ReStore will be open from 10am-5pm on August 5 and 6.
In addition to home repair items such as doors, windows, sinks, and appliances, our new ReStore also carries furniture such as gently used couches, tables, chairs, and more.
All of our inventory is generously donated by donors throughout our community.
Recent Projects & News
Meet the 2022 Bank of America Student Leaders
Through a partnership with Bank of America, HFHSLOCO welcomed two summer interns to our office on June 15. Adriana and Clara are both entering their senior year of high school; one student attends San Luis Obispo High School and the other attends Paso Robles High School. During their eight-week internship with us, the interns will receive hands-on experience in our ReStore, with our office staff, and with our Board of Directors, and they will complete both an independent and a group research project. Both projects are designed to expand the intern’s knowledge of affordable housing and of homeownership in our county.
The group project involves a combined effort by HFHSLOCO full-time employees and the interns and the goal is to update our ReStore donation guidelines for 2022. The interns will improve education and training materials regarding items our ReStores can accept, providing donors with alternate location sites, and providing our volunteers a guide to utilize during their shifts.
For their independent projects, Adriana is researching the impact of housing stability on children’s education. Clara will report on the ways increasing community awareness could benefit a small non-profit like HFHSLOCO.
The interns are attending the Board of Directors meetings scheduled during their stint with us. They are also meeting with each of our team members to learn how non-profits operate, focusing on the of the ins-and-outs of our organization.
In her spare time, Adriana volunteers at the local historic museum, and enjoys reading and baking for her family and friends. In Clara’s spare time, she volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters and enjoys biking, reading, and watching the morning news.
We are proud to offer local high school students the opportunity to serve their community through the HFHSLOCO and Bank of America summer internship each year. Join our mailing list to receive announcements about future internship opportunities.