Volunteer & Fundraising Activities

Come Build East Kentucky!

Moving Our Region Forward By Building the Future Together.

Every day, we’re building something. Throughout our region, HDA crews are building new homes, repairing homes to make them better places to live, and redeveloping whole communities. The work being done through the support of our donors, funders, and volunteers is breathing new life into the towns and neighborhoods dotting the landscape of our Appalachian Mountains.

While our work goes on each day, we also host special events that allow community members, churches, businesses, volunteer groups from all over the country, etc., to take part in transformational building projects that not only educate the community about the work and mission of HDA, but also give folks who care deeply for East Kentucky and its people the opportunity to play an active role in shaping the region's future.

Volunteer & Fundraising Events

Volunteering for an HDA event has many benefits, including meeting new folks, making new friends and connections, learning more about affordable housing, taking a stand for your local community or for the Appalachian people, making mountain communities even more beautiful and capable of lasting long into the future, and uniting together in a shared vision of a stronger, more resilient, and far more prosperous and promising eastern Kentucky.

Construction or building experience is not needed. Come by yourself or bring your friends, co-workers, classmates, church family, or team members with you and let’s see just what you’re capable of! 

Heartstrings Houses

Unfortunately, due to rising COVID-19 positivity rates in our communities, volunteering is closed for this project.

Normally, we do a Repair Affair in the spring or early summer, where we make 10 home repairs at no cost in one day, but fears about the ongoing pandemic have led us to cancel that event for 2021.

Instead, we’re launching Heartstrings Houses, a special project where we’re going to repair the homes of 9 families that illustrate the needs of our community and repair the home of a 10th family that we would have never been able to help before! This event takes places throughout the late summer and fall of 2021.

Community House Raising


This is our signature event! From footer to finish, Regional and Local Volunteers are invited to build a brand-new affordable home for a local low-income family. No experience is necessary! Our carpenters will be onsite to guide the building process and will help you every step of the way.

Taking place across four to six weeks (beginning in early October – 2021 date TBA)
, volunteer groups will each participate in a specific part of the home-building process. It takes every single volunteer and every phase of the project to complete this one home on time. Watch as the home takes shape and is completed, and then, watch in-person or online as we present the new home to the family on Closing Day!

Local & Regional Volunteers:
Step 2 for Regional Volunteers Only:

Spots are limited and fill up fast! We welcome both individual volunteers and groups/teams.

Postponed indefinitely due to pandemic

Repair Affair

Local Volunteers – individuals, teams, school groups/clubs, church groups, and more – are invited to help us make home repairs for 10 families who can’t get these home repairs without our help! These are families who are in great need but who do not qualify for assistance. All repairs made during the event are at no cost to the homeowners and are completely funded by donors and event sponsors. Recipients of the repairs are selected and projects are approved by HDA staff.

Up to 100 volunteers
are needed to complete the repairs. Without volunteer labor, HDA is not able to make the needed repairs in ONE day. So, grab your friends, neighbors, and local leaders and let’s do some good for families in need! More than likely, these will be families you know. Repairs typically include: repairing roofs and floors, building wheelchair ramps, steps, and porches, installing handrails and grab bars, interior and exterior painting, yard work and cleanup, and other similar tasks.

We are currently working on a plan to offer Repair Affair events in each county we serve.

Support HDA Events By Donating!

These special events are made possible through the generosity of HDA's donors, funders, and event sponsors. If you'd like to make this work possible, please make a gift today.

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Event Sponsorships Are Available!

HDA offers unique sponsorship opportunities to local businesses, churches, groups, and individuals to give larger gifts to these build events and have their names recognized on-site, in HDA publications, and in the media. To find out more, please contact us!

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Want to Volunteer?

No experience is necessary! All we ask is that you come fully prepared to help others. Spots for HDA Volunteer & Fundraising Events fill up quickly, so we encourage you to sign up as early as you can once event registration opens. Please direct all questions and requests for information to our Volunteer & Community Coordinator.

Jane Rose Britton, Volunteer & Community Coordinator
Office: 606-436-0497, ext. 2032