If the open road calls to you, the RV Care-A-Vanners are for you. This volunteer program invites anyone who travels by recreational vehicle to make Habitat part of your journey, or even your destination.
Bring your family and friends. Everyone is welcome, and no experience is necessary. We understand that whether you live your life on the road full-time, or just squeeze in an adventure when you can, you appreciate the need for safe, affordable housing. This is your opportunity to help provide the same for others.
If you spend a lot of time on the road, you likely consider anyone you meet to be a neighbor. We feel the same way. It’s this mindset that helps us further our mission. We’d love for you to partner with us because there are a lot of neighbors who need our help. By participating in Habitat’s RV Care-A-Vanners, you will actually get to meet and work with families on their house and help them create a place they can call home. It starts with recreation, but ends with relationship.
Join the RV Care-A-Vanner community
- Learn how to register for a build.
- Find a scheduled build.
- Learn how to donate your RV, trailer, boat or car.
What are the requirements to participate in an RV Care-A-Vanner build?
Here in Dade City we have a Habitat owned camp ground, fully equipped with 50 amp electric, sewer, and water hookups. We also have a camp house with 2 full bathrooms, showers, full kitchen, eating area, and washers/dryers. Because of this, everyone from a self contained RV to a tent are able to stay comfortably with us.
What if I’ve never done this type of work before?
No problem. We’ll be happy to teach you on-site. We have a wide range of projects to suit your comfort level including framing, roofing, interior and finish work and renovations. You can try something new, or stick to something more familiar. Alternatively, we also may use volunteers in the Habitat offices, ReStore or to act as “gofers” around the build site.
What should I expect?
Generally, each build consists of eight to 10 volunteers (we can accommodate up to 10 rigs) and lasts about two weeks. Each work day typically entails a morning devotional at 8:00 AM and six to seven hours of building, with morning, lunch and afternoon breaks. Most evenings, Care A Vanners gather together for a potluck dinner or venture out to local eateries.
What do you provide?
In Dade City we provide low-cost RV parking, instruction, supervision, power tools, building materials and ladders.
What should I bring?
Please prepare to bring sturdy work shoes, gloves, a tool belt, hammer, square, pencil and measuring tape. While RV Care-A-Vanner volunteers each pay their own expenses, some may be tax-deductible.
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The affiliate has built our very own 600 sq ft air conditioned camp house that sits in the middle of the Habitat campground located at 14431 Rozar Court, Dade City, FL 33525. This house contains two full bathrooms with private showers, fully equipped kitchen, eating area, TV, and two sets of washers/dryers. Connected to the camp house is a 600 sq ft screened in pavilion complete with picnic tables, commercial ice maker, overhead lighting, television, and high speed WIFI. Just outside is a fire pit and covered BBQ, this sits under mature trees and overlooks are very own Lake Thomas.
Dade City is centrally located in heart of Florida and is close to all the exciting Florida attractions. Just an hour's drive away you can visit beautiful Gulf Beaches, Busch Gardens, Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World. Additionally, there are many antique malls, shopping, breweries, restaurants, museums and other places to explore during your stay. In the quaint Dade City square you can explore several boutiques and locally owned restaurants. So you can enjoy either a small town pace or drive a bit for some big city adventures. Either way, you will love your time spent with Habitat.