Sweat Equity Catalog

By completing sweat equity hours, Habitat homeowners grow as homeowners, give back to their community, and invest in their journey.

REQUIREMENTS

As a part of the Habitat Orlando & Osceola homeownership program, future and current homeowners are asked to complete sweat equity.

  • 75 hours for an applicant
  • 150 hours for an applicant and co-applicant 

Below are several opportunities to complete sweat equity. Build site and event opportunities will be listed on VolunteerHub. Opportunities are updated frequently and subject to change. Check back periodically and submit documentation prior to activity expiration, when applicable.

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  • Show proof that you have lowered your debt
    • Pay off your debt by 100% from the balance at time of approval, without closing any revolving accounts (ex. credit cards)
    • Upload through the secure link to your Habitat application or drop off proof at the Habitat Office for sweat equity credit.
    • Acceptable proof is account statements showing the balance has been paid, or a current copy of your own credit report (annualcreditreport.com) showing the balance has been paid.
  • Join us on the build site (up to 6.5 hours)
    • Sign up on VolunteerHub
    • Must arrive on time and stay entire shift to receive full credit.
    • Must be actively engaged to receive hours.
  • Write 100 thank you letters to our donors
    • Must be handwritten/legible
    • Must thank our donors for their generous gift
    • Must express what home means to you
    • Must have a drawing of something home-related, such as a drawing of a house, a family, Habitat, etc.
    • Click here for examples of thank you letters.
    • Do’s/Don’ts:
      • No photocopies of the letters will not be accepted.
      • Provide a variety of different handwritten messages. No more than 10 can be alike.
      • Please email SEHours@habitatorlandoosceola.org to arrange a drop off of completed letters at the Habitat office. Sweat equity credit will be given after the letters have been reviewed by staff.
    • Become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by 12/31/2021
      • Submissions accepted until 1/31/2022
      • Only applicant and co-applicant eligible
      • Show proof with the date after approval
        • Acceptable proof is the COVID-19 Vaccine Record card or equivalent by.
      • Upload through the secure link to your Habitat application or drop off proof at the Habitat Office for sweat equity credit.
  • Show proof that you have lowered your debt
    • Pay off your debt by 50% from the balance at the time of approval, without closing any revolving accounts (ex. credit cards).
    • Upload through the secure link to your Habitat application or drop off proof at the Habitat Office for sweat equity credit.
    • Acceptable proof is account statements showing the balance has been paid down, or a current copy of your own credit report (annualcreditreport.com) showing the balance has been paid down.
  • Share your story with Habitat
  • Habitat U Mandatory Classes

     

    • Click here to visit the Habitat U website
    • Each homebuyer applicant is required to complete a series of 8 prospective homeowner classes.
    • You must complete the required quiz at the end of each class to earn sweat equity credit.
  • Donate blood
    • Show proof with the date after approval. (Make sure that any private information, other than your name, isn’t visible.)
    • Email proof to SEHours@habitatorlandoosceola.org 
  • Habitat U Elective Classes 
    • Click here to visit the Habitat U website
    • Any elective classes in Habitat U can count for sweat equity hours.
    • In order to receive the sweat equity credit, you will need to take the online class & the quiz associated with that class.
    • Upon completion of the quiz, Habitat will receive proof that the class was completed & sweat equity credit will be added to your account.
  • Listen to a financial health podcast episode