TAOS, N.M. – Church groups looking to give back this summer can combine travel and helping others with an opportunity from Habitat for Humanity Taos. August 10-20, 2014, groups can volunteer with the nonprofit to build a home built with adobe bricks handcrafted by volunteers.
Unlike many other cities, Habitat for Humanity Taos relies almost completely on out-of-state volunteers to build local homes. The August project will be the nonprofit’s 29th home.
The average home price in Taos is $299,000 and nearly 90 percent of the population cannot afford to buy a home. Volunteer groups can aid by digging foundations, framing, roofing, installing windows, appliances, insulation, sheet rock, painting and other projects. Previous work is not necessary.
“Habitat for Humanity of Taos invites everyone from corporate groups to college students to church groups looking to make a difference to join our voluntourism opportunity in one of the most beautiful areas in the country,” said Susan Nuss, volunteer coordinators for Habitat for Humanity Taos. “Many people come to Taos because of its ability to inspire and transform, so combined with a chance to help another person, it’s not uncommon for our volunteers to tell us that, ‘this experience changed my life.’”
Faith-based groups can choose other voluntourism opportunities in Taos from March to November. For more information on Habitat for Humanity Taos, visit taoshabitat.org. For more information on Taos, visit taos.org.