Building a Better Community Through Affordable Home Ownership

Committees and Special Events


Non-Construction volunteers play an important role within Habitat NOVA! We are constantly in need of volunteers with various skill sets to assist with our different departments, including:

  • Administrative Support — Our offices are open Monday-Friday and we offer flexible scheduling.
  • Photography — Professional photographers are needed on an occasional basis at a build site or at a special event.
  • Community Ambassador — Help us at special events like community fairs and housing shows.

To volunteer in any of the above capacities, please contact Erica Painter at To sign up for construction or ReStore volunteer opportunities, please click here.

In addition, we have volunteer opportunities with our committees.  Board Committees support our mission by providing guidance, volunteer capacity and are the training and recruiting ground for Board members.  Committees typically meet once a month. Their membership is composed of Board members, non-Board members, and a staff liaison. Committees make recommendations to the Board, which makes final decisions. To volunteer, please contact the staff liaison listed for the committee or subcommittee.

Breakfast Committee

Organizes fundraising breakfasts, including keynote speaker, venue, entertainment and registrations. Volunteers with event planning and/or fundraising experience are desired.

Contact: Peter Larson, Director of Development

Faith Relations Committee

Oversees the relationship of Habitat NOVA with faith communities throughout Fairfax and Arlington Counties, and the Cities of Alexandria and Falls Church.

Contact: Pheobe Bicknell, Outreach Manager

Homeowner Committee

Responsible for providing Habitat homeowners and prospective homeowners with a mutual support system, educational opportunities and a forum for discussions to help break the cycle of poverty.

Contact: Pheobe Bicknell, Outreach Manager

Development, Marketing & Communications Committee

Responsible for planning fundraising activities and events. Oversees development and implementation of the ReStore and the Affiliate Marketing Plan. Represents Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia in the community, including communications with the press. Contact: Nathan Petrillo, Marketing and Communications Manager

Volunteers with the following skills are desired for this committee and its subcommittees:

Corporate & Community Partnerships Subcommittee

This subcommittee works to build connections with local businesses. Working closely with the Director of Development, members of this subcommittee spread the word about Habitat NOVA and encourage businesses to support our mission. Contact: Peter LarsonDirector of Development

Community Ambassadors Subcommittee

Community Ambassadors represent Habitat NOVA throughout the community, educating the public on our mission. Subcommittee members take part in a variety of community events and public speaking opportunities to raise awareness of Habitat NOVA. Contact: Nathan Petrillo, Marketing and Communications Manager

Special Events Subcommittee

This subcommittee coordinates all aspects of the Marketing & Development Committee’s special events. Members will work with the Development, Marketing & Communications Committee Chair and Habitat NOVA staff to plan annual events as well as come up with new, creative fundraising event ideas. Contact: Nathan Petrillo, Marketing and Communications Manager

Communications Subcommittee

This subcommittee assists the Marketing and Communications Manager with the affiliate’s outreach efforts, including social media sites and special projects. The Marketing and Communications Manager will work with subcommittee members to identify their strengths and interests, and place them on projects accordingly. Contact: Nathan Petrillo, Marketing and Communications Manager

Faith Relations Subcommittee

Members of this subcommittee assist the Outreach Manager with the affiliate’s engagement with regional faith communities. Subcommittee members will work with staff to identify target areas and communities for relationship building, and will also help implement a week-long event, “Building on Faith.” Contact: Pheobe Bicknell, Outreach Manager

ReStore Committee

Responsible for overseeing the operations of the Alexandria and Chantilly ReStores.

Contact: Erica Painter, Volunteer Manager

Women Build

Responsible for strengthening the Women Build program by increasing membership and coordinating fundraising events.

Contact: Erica Painter, Volunteer Manager