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Peer to Peer Fundraising!

Peer to Peer Fundraising is a new way to fundraise for Build Days and Operation Playhouse.  Does your team want to participate in a Build Day or Operation Playhouse?  Use our online peer-to-peer fundraising platform to ask your contacts to support you!

For our Build Days and Operation Playhouse events, Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester asks for a $2,500 commitment as an investment in the communities where we live and work.  This fee also helps pay for materials, staff time, and to support our mission to build homes, community, and hope locally.

Many corporate sponsors directly contribute $2,500 for the Operation Playhouse event or their Build Day.  But some groups do not have a source from which to raise the sponsorship fee, or their company is sponsoring and they want to do more.  For this reason, we are introducing a new program that allows you to fundraise using our online platform to ask family, friends, and business associates to support you.

For more information, questions or to get started with your fundraising efforts contact Sara Costello by phone 508-799-9259 ext. 107 or by email

New ReStore in Ashland – Now Open!

Our new second ReStore in Ashland is now open! The Ashland ReStore located at 310 Pond Street is open every week Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Stop by the Ashland ReStore to discover amazing treasures and bargains. We are delighted to be able to better serve our MetroWest supporters, and welcome all to experience our new ReStore. And our larger Worcester location at 640 Lincoln Street is due to open in Summer 2018. Stay tuned, and enjoy the Ashland ReStore in the meantime! Through it all, we continue to work to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter locally. You can contact us by phone or e-mail, click here for a staff directory. And stay tuned to this website and Facebook for updates about our progress, and information about our grand opening!

Gala & Auction 2018

Save the Date for the 2018 High Heels and Hard Hats Gala being held on Saturday, October 20, 2018. The gala will be held at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center 1657 Worcester Road in Framingham, MA. The auction and gala begins at 6:00pm with a Silent Auction, wine raffle, hors d’oeurvres and entertainment, followed by a formal dinner and Live Auction. To sponsor, attend or donate, please contact Deb Huegel, VP of Philanthropy at

Table Sponsor: 1 table (10 seats) at the Gala and Auction for $1,500.
Business Card in the event program and website recognition.

Single Seats will be priced at $150 per person.

Read all about our 2017 Gala and Auction here!
Continue reading ‘Gala & Auction 2018’ »

We Need Your Gift!

Your generous support helps families move into safe, decent, affordable homes where they will build a better life. There is still an urgent need for affordable housing. Give a gift today to ensure that more families will be able to know the happiness and security that comes from owning a home.

Through Shelter We Empower

           Gina’s hopes and dreams…

“My dreams for the future, my hope for the future: never have to move again! Everyone wants only the best for their children, and I am no different. I want to see my daughter happy. She smiles most of the time now.  Tara actually hangs out in the living room since we moved into our home. It’s really a small miracle.

My hope is to have holidays. I want to have people come over for dinner, and run around like a nut just to get ready for entertaining. I want my daughter to invite her friends over. She didn’t want anyone to see the old place. I’ve been introduced to at least 4 friends just in the last three months.

I want to see my neighborhood turn into a mini Habitat for Humanity city. I can walk to my new neighbors Lyndsay and Steven’s house, also Habitat homeowners, and hopefully in the near future be able to walk to and volunteer at other Habitat sites.  I will see my daughter graduate from high school this year, and later college from this house.

Our new home is beautiful, but what is more beautiful is all those people that gave up endless time, money, and talent to put me and my daughter in this house.”
Gina Romano, 2017 Habitat Homeowner

A Letter from the Executive Director and Board President:

Dear Friends and Family,

We’ve seen far too many tragic headlines in the news this year about natural disasters that have left children and families homeless.  Yet some families live day to day – week to week –  month to month – year to year – with no home due to circumstances beyond their control.  Maybe they’ve experienced a setback, or perhaps they will never earn enough to own a home of their own. 

Home is where we feel safe and warm and protected.  It’s where most of us learned to laugh and love and find acceptance.  A home is hallowed ground.  But some families don’t have that special, safe and decent spot to call home.  That’s why we ask for your support.  With your help, we give local families a hand up.  An affordable home allows families to have money left over to pay for food, medicine, clothing, and to save for their children’s education.  That same home builds strength, stability and self-reliance. 

In the past year, we have dedicated four homes throughout MetroWest and Greater Worcester for local families and Veterans.  And we currently are at work on five more affordable homes to benefit local families.  We not only build homes, but we strengthen the communities that surround those homes – communities you and I live in. 

 Journeys to Homeownership

  • One of our partner families was homeless for over a year before moving with her two young sons into an affordable and safe home in Holliston. 
  • Still another family was able to leave behind a distressed area of Boston for life in the beautiful town of Wayland.  
  • A single Mom and her daughter were able to move out of a cramped apartment in an unsafe neighborhood to a decent new home in a revitalized Worcester community.  Read more about Gina’s hopes and dreams above.

We know that when you invest in our mission to build homes, community and hope, you can be sure that local children, families, single moms, and veterans get the helping hand they deserve. 

A decent home is a solid foundation for a family, providing the strength, stability and independence to create a better life for themselves.  And we want to give more local families that solid foundation.  That’s why we are asking for your help.

Thank you for living generously.  You are truly making a difference in the lives of our partner families.  We ask for your continued support until every man, woman and child has a decent and affordable place to call home.  Through shelter, we empower.  Please give today!

Blessings from our home to yours,

Tim Firment                                     Bryan Clancy
Executive Director                          Board President


Build Day Opportunities Available

Reserve your Build Day Today! We help local families to break the cycle of poverty and build long-term financial security. With an affordable, stable home, families will be able to afford essentials like food, medicine, child care, and education.   Continue reading ‘Build Day Opportunities Available’ »

Monthly Giving

After 40 years of working to build a world where everyone has a decent place to call home, we are genuinely touched by our supporters who believe deeply enough in our vision to give on a regular basis.

Become a HopeBuilder today

In fact, we have a special group of supporters who believe so deeply in our work that they have decided to become monthly donors. Their recurring contributions mean that our work continues, and more families can attain a safe, affordable place to call home.

We ask you to consider becoming one of these exceptional individuals, who we fondly call Habitat for Humanity HopeBuilders. One of the biggest things we depend on as a nonprofit is consistency so that we can continue to help families. By becoming a monthly donor you are helping us build strength and stability in partnership with families.

As a HopeBuilder, you will enjoy:

  • Hassle-free monthly donations.
  • Automatic donation payment from your credit card or checking account.
  • The knowledge that your donation is put to work immediately.
  • An annual statement provided for tax purposes.
  • The ability to change or suspend your donation at any time.

It’s easy to sign up.

  • First, go to our simple, secure online donation form.
  • Click “Monthly Gift” then choose your monthly gift amount. Any amount will help families.
  • Then, provide your contact info, any optional details, and your payment method.

If you would like to make a donation by mail, please follow the instructions below.

Want to donate by mail?
We offer this convenient option as well. Here’s how it works:

Download our HopeBuilders mail-in donation form: PDF
Complete our form (please type or print neatly).
Mail your completed form to:
Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester
11 Distributor Road, Worcester, MA 01605

Need help or have additional questions?
We’re here to help. Call us at 508-799-9259 or email us at

Thank you for your partnership. Building safer communities benefits us all.

Avoid Lines and Build Homes


Shop happy knowing each purchase you make is helping a local family in need of affordable housing.

 It’s the same Amazon you know and love, but when you shop on Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester! Continue reading ‘Avoid Lines and Build Homes’ »

About Operation Playhouse

Operation Playhouse is a great team event for small or large businesses, schools and college groups, churches, friends, and more! With your team of 10-12, participants will construct a playhouse that is donated to a local Veteran Family at the end of the day. Continue reading ‘About Operation Playhouse’ »

Auburn Home Dedication December 2016

On Saturday, December 17th, we were pleased to welcome two families to their new duplex home located at 4 Homestead Avenue in Auburn. The land for this build was generously donated by Bank of America who, along with a long list of sponsors and donors, made this project possible. And, despite the unpredictable New England weather giving us an early winter snowstorm, we enjoyed the presence of many supporters who came to take part in the celebration. A family’s partnership with Habitat means they have a stable place to live, love, and contribute to their community. Congratulations to our newest homeowners in Auburn to whom we were delighted to partner with and offer a hand up – not a hand out! May Saturday’s dedication be the beginning of many happy memories to come!

The homeowners in Auburn share their thanks and appreciation for the opportunity to build a better life for themselves and their families in these two safe, affordable homes.


Our upcoming home builds will take place in Holliston, Northborough, and Worcester! Information about Sponsoring a Build, Homeownership, Volunteering and more is available right here on our website. Or contact our offices at:


11 Distributor Road, Worcester, MA 01605

Offices are open: Monday through Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM

Habitat Builds a Playhouzz for Union Hill Elementary School

Selected as one of a handful of organizations across the U.S., Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester is participating in the 2016 Playhouzz Challenge, a national charitable design contest. The contest was launched by, a home and design website with over 35 million followers, and the American Institute of Architects. Continue reading ‘Habitat Builds a Playhouzz for Union Hill Elementary School’ »