Help needed to build a Habitat for Humanity home

As part of its Commitment to Communities program, UNC Health Care has agreed to sponsor the construction of a Habitat for Humanity House that will be owned by a UNC Health Care employee.

The house will be a part of Phoenix Place, an affordable subdivision of 50 green-certified homes within the Rogers Road community in Chapel Hill. Phase 1 of the construction will include 17 houses, 14 of which will be owned by UNC or UNC Health Care employees. You can support this project in a several ways:

  • Work on the Construction Site
    No construction skills are necessary. Employees can begin volunteering at Phoenix Place, in late January, early February 2010. Construction on the UNC Health Care sponsored home begins in March. While volunteers are welcome during the week, most work is done on weekends in half day shifts of 12-16 people per shift supervised by construction professionals. This is a great team building opportunity for departments to come together with their families to help support a fellow employee.

    To volunteer on the construction site please contact Mae McLendon, Volunteer Coordinator with Habitat, at 932-7077 ext. 219 or via e-mail at

    *Employee Ambassadors who volunteer 50 or more hours on this or any other Habitat project will earn a donation from UNC Health Care to Habitat of up to $250. Hours may be earned between and June 1, 2009 and May 31, 2010. Hours accumulated prior to becoming an ambassador can be counted.  Registered employee ambassadors will also be given priority in scheduling their volunteer hours. Click here to learn about becoming an ambassador.
  • Sell T-shirts
    Everyone will have a chance to support this project through our T-shirt sale campaign beginning in mid-January. Shirts will sell for approximately $10 with all proceeds benefiting the construction of the home. Volunteers are needed to help sell and distribute shirts in their departments and community.

    To help sell shirts, contact UNC Hospitals External Affairs via e-mail at or call Tom Maltais at 966-0257. Click here to learn more about UNC Health Care's Commitment to Communities program.