Whether you're from near or far ...
You'll go on a unique journey.
Where you will learn something new every day.
Make a difference you can see and feel.
And make your mark on this place forever.

Volunteer with HDA

Building Dreams. Uplifting Families. Framing the Future.

Ready to Do Some Hammerin' in the Hills?

Send in the Inquiry Form and read on to get all of the info you need!

Regional Volunteers

“Regional Volunteers” come from all over Kentucky and all across the country. We routinely welcome colleges & universities, church/ministry groups, civic organizations, youth groups, sports teams, and so much more! We love company in East Kentucky, and we’d love to have you serve with us and make your mark on our part of the world. It’s an adventure that will leave a lasting impression on your life. You’ll meet the people here, work alongside professional carpenters, and spend time in one of the last, great, wild and breathtakingly beautiful natural landscapes in America!

Local Volunteers

In East Kentucky, neighbors aren’t just the people who live next door – they’re close friends and family (whether by blood or not). We believe in mountain people helping mountain people, and when a neighbor needs our help, we all show up to give them the hand they need. Throughout the year, we welcome volunteers from our service area (Breathitt, Knott, Leslie, and Perry counties) to serve on our construction and home repair sites, as well as in our special community events! Local churches, schools, clubs, businesses, civic groups, and more are invited to participate.

HDA Events

Each year, we offer our Repair Affair for Local Volunteers & our signature event - the Community House Raising - for ALL volunteers!

The Housing Development Alliance (HDA) provides volunteer opportunities throughout the year. We believe the volunteer experience should be memorable, life-affecting, and one that encourages personal growth.

Not only will you leave a lasting impact on the family and region you’re helping, but you’ll also find that perhaps the biggest change has happened to you!

Our program is unique.

You’ll work with our experienced carpenter crews to build a new home or make essential home repairs. And the improvements you’ll make for the East Kentucky families you serve will be immediately seen and felt!

Over the past 27 years, our volunteers have contributed over 30,000 hours of labor to our communities, helping us build over 250 new homes and repair nearly 700 existing homes, which combined, have benefited over 2,300 of our low-income families.

As the need to provide families with safe, secure, and affordable homes continues to grow, we need your help! Whether you’re from near or far, we’d love to have you here and invite you to experience “Hammerin’ in the Hills” with us.


The HDA Experience

HDA’s Volunteer Program recruits mission and service-minded regional volunteers (from all over Kentucky and the entire country) and local individuals & volunteer groups to help us build affordable homes and make critical home repairs for low-income families living in Breathitt, Knott, Perry, and Leslie counties in the Appalachian Mountains of East Kentucky.

For ages 14 & up. Children younger than 14 are welcome to tag along, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

After you've signed up ...​

you will be sent a fully detailed Volunteer Planning Guide to get you ready for the trip!

"It feels good to volunteer your time and actually feel needed. Volunteering with HDA helped me decide my future. Getting to work alongside their staff of professional carpenters is unbelievable! They are friendly, encouraging, and they know what they're doing."
Alyssa Parrett
Volunteer from Versailles, KY

Y'all Come Join Us!

Dates are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact our Volunteer & Community Coordinator or her assistant, who will answer questions about available dates and will discuss the application process, fees, and deadlines.

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

Rebekah Vermillion, Volunteer Program Summer Assistant
Office: 606-436-0497