A Panel Build is a fun and unique volunteer experience offered by Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity. During a Panel Build, a sponsor has the opportunity to build the walls to a Habitat home right at their place of business (usually in their parking lot). Habitat supplies the building materials, tools, safety equipment, and professional supervision. The sponsor supplies the space, five individuals to serve as leaders, and the volunteers.
Panel Builds can engage 50-100+ people at their place of business, worship, or school in building the interior and exterior wall panels of a Habitat home in a seven-hour time period.
 
These events promote team-building and volunteerism opportunities for sponsors as well as providing sponsorship funding which helps Habitat serve more families.

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Sponsoring a Panel Build

You can learn more by contacting Jenna Ekstrom at jennaekstrom@gdmhabitat.org or 515-471-8686 ext. 126.

2020 Panel Build partners

  • Altoona United Methodist Church
  • American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company
  • Ankeny Circle of Faith
  • Corteva
  • EMC Insurance
  • Home Builders Association of Des Moines
  • John Deere
  • NCMIC
  • Principal
  • Shazam
  • VisionBank
  • Willis Automotive

Volunteers

Setup Crew

Setup Crew duties will include unloading the truck, helps get various work stations setup for the day. Potential for some heavy lifting. Please wear appropriate work site clothing, and closed toe shoes.

Nail Captain

Nail Captain will assist/lead small groups of Wall Builders. Nail Captains will be assembling the wall panels, which may include the use of various tools, such as saws, routers, and/or hammers. Potential for heavy lifting. Please wear appropriate work site clothing, and closed toe shoes.

Wall Builder

Wall Builders will be assembling the wall panels, which may include the use of various tools, such as saws, routers, and/or hammers. Potential for heavy lifting. Please wear appropriate work site clothing, and closed toe shoes.

Clean-Up Crew

Clean up Crew duties will include picking up tools, building materials, and debris. They will also help load the truck. Potential for some heavy lifting. Please wear appropriate work site clothing, and closed toe shoes. Please note: this shift continues after a group picture has been taken.

GDM Habitat for Humanity

2200 E. Euclid Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50317

515-471-8686

Office Hours
Mon – Fri: 8:00am – 4:00pm

East Euclid ReStore

2200 E. Euclid Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50317

515-309-0224

Store Hours
Mon. – Sat. 9:00am – 6:00pm

Urbandale ReStore

4033 NW Urbandale Dr.
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

515-309-0224

Store Hours
Mon. – Sat. 9:00am – 6:00pm