No matter your age.

"Come Build Dreams With Us"

MSU Volunteers with Housing Developmen Alliance

Come spend a week in the foothills of Appalachia while you build and repair homes.


Take in the scenic vistas and meet the local people. It will be a break you will actually remember! 

Ministry Group volunteers with Housing Deveopment Alliance

Looking for a place to serve?

Look no further! HDA offers a family friendly environment to those who are looking to help families who need it most.

Groups come both near and far. 


If your organization is looking for a great way to get involved in our eastern Kentucky communities, we offer some great community events.  

Volunteer Schedule
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Creating Homes, Building Dreams, Providing a Future

Since our inception in 1993, HDA has offered opportunities for our neighbors both near and far to help serve the families of eastern Kentucky. Over the past 25 years, our volunteers have helped us build over 250 new homes and repair nearly 700 existing homes which combined have benefited over 2,300 of our low-income families.


Our volunteer program is unique. Working alongside our staff of professional carpenters, you provide long-lasting and high-quality solutions that allow our families to live better for years to come - not just get them through the winter. 


When you volunteer with HDA, you leave a lasting mark on our region, our families, and yourself. Through the dedication of your work, you can become the person you always wanted to be:

Caring. Committed. Compassionate. With the power to make a change.


As the fight to provide families with safe, secure, and affordable homes continues, we need your help. Together, let's make a difference that the world can see right here in Central Appalachia.  

Support the Volunteer Program
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Have you ever wondered how your volunteer fees are used? Every dollar we receive helps fund our mission. The majority of the volunteer fees cover:

  • Project materials,

  • Volunteer housing, and

  • Staff time

The remainder is used by the Housing Development Alliance to provide affordable housing for Appalachian Kentucky families in need.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has required us to pause our Volunteer Program, which has made a major impact on our services. Due to an abundance of caution, we canceled this year’s Repair Affair and Community House Raising and have been unable to welcome local and regional volunteer groups to any of our work sites since the spring.

We’d like to give you an opportunity to help Appalachian families through HDA in another way! You can help fund volunteer activities in 2021 by donating this fall to HDA’s Volunteer Program. For a gift of $20, we will send you a 2020 Volunteer T-shirt! Just fill out the order form, which goes directly to Janie Britton, our Volunteer Coordinator. 

Due to a limited inventory we will send you a T-Shirt as close to the requested size as possible.

2020 Vol T-Shirt!


Place your order now for only $20 each! Please send check or money order to HDA, Inc., P.O. Box 7284, Hazard, KY 41702. Once payment is received, we will mail your shirt(s) to you!

*Sizes Available: Unisex Adult S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL

Due to a limited inventory we will send you a T-Shirt as close to the requested size as possible.


Thanks for your order!

Real Volunteers and Their Stories

"Volunteering with HDA helped me decide my future."

Meet Alyssa Parrett from Versailles, KY. Alyssa first 

volunteered with HDA three years ago when her minister

and mentor from the South Elkhorn Christian Church,

Holly Fuqua, encouraged her to go on their annual

volunteer trip to Hazard, KY. Though Alyssa had

no interest in giving up her summer vacation to travel

into the mountains of Central Appalachia to volunteer

as a construction worker, she agreed to give it a try.

Now, three years later, Alyssa loves building and repairing

homes and has volunteered with HDA for three consecutive


“I love coming to Hazard and volunteering with

HDA. It is hard work, but I love learning about carpentry 

and love offering my hand to those in need.” 


Alyssa recently graduated from high school, finishing near the top

of her class and did exceptionally well on her college

entrance exam (ACT). She had plenty of options to choose

from when deciding on her secondary education. Her

choice, however,  was to begin classes at a local technical school

in Lexington to pursue a degree and certifications in

carpentry and construction management.   

"Volunteering with HDA helped me decide my future," she said. "Getting to work alongside their staff of professional carpenters is unbelievable. They are friendly, encouraging, and they know what they are doing.”


"It feels good to volunteer your time and actually feel needed," she continued. "The carpenters teach you everything you need to know, and they expect you to do it and do it correctly. They have a lot of work to accomplish every day, and it takes us all to get these homes built or repaired quickly and efficiently."


HDA would like to wish Alyssa Parrett much success in chasing her dream and would like to thank the South Elkhorn Christian Church for their years of support.