Blog Post: Knoxville Habitat for Humanity Leverages VolunteerHub’s Zapier Integration

Knoxville Habitat for Humanity Leverages 
VolunteerHub’s Zapier Integration



                         Knoxville Habitat for Humanity Volunteers                         


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Knoxville Habitat for Humanity utilizes VolunteerHub to engage and  manage volunteers. We had a chance to interview Trinity Edgar, Director of Engagement for Knoxville Habitat for Humanity, to learn more about  her organization and how they are leveraging VolunteerHub.

Can you tell me more about Knoxville Habitat for Humanity and your role within the organization?

Trinity: Habitat for Humanity is a housing service organization that  partners with working families to help them have access to safe and affordable housing. Our affiliate serves Knox County, and we work with  families in Knoxville, Tennessee. There are affiliates all over the US  and it is an international organization. Families in our program  participate in a very extensive homeowner education program. Classes include budget, home maintenance, how to be a good neighbor, understanding wills and insurance. They also participate in a  construction class and they come out and build their house working  alongside other family members and volunteers.

What is the biggest misconception about Habitat for Humanity?

Trinity: The biggest misconception about Habitat is that we give houses away and we don’t. We’re just giving folks an opportunity to purchase a home at an affordable rate.

Do you have any impact statistics from Knoxville Habitat for Humanity that you would like to share?

Trinity: There’s a lot of great statistics out there about what stable housing does for families. 73% of our families attribute positive changes in safety and health to home ownership here in our program.

How many volunteers does Knoxville Habitat for Humanity work with each year, on average?

Trinity: We work with a large number of volunteers – if I had to  guess, I’d say we engage with over 3,000 volunteers on a yearly basis.  Construction activities occur three or four days a week, and during  those days, volunteers are present in various areas. Additionally, we have volunteers working in our retail store called Our Restore, as well as volunteers in administrative roles. We also have specialized  volunteers handling a variety of tasks.

How was your organization handling volunteer management before implementing VolunteerHub in 2018?

Trinity: Oh gosh, I tell people this all the time: If you’re not  using VolunteerHub, you’re not living your best life. Tracking volunteer data on spreadsheets or Word documents isn’t very fun. Before  VolunteerHub, that’s how we did it. It feels like we lived in the dinosaur era before 2018 when we first started using VolunteerHub.

What features of VolunteerHub stand out the most to you?

Trinity: I love the automated waiver functionality. We have had to make some changes to our waiver, and VolunteerHub allows us to quickly create and update a new waiver, which is fantastic. I also like that the  system notifies me when a volunteer has not completed their waiver.  I also really like the texting feature because when we’ve had to make last minute changes, we can notify volunteers quickly.  Finally, I love VolunteerHub’s Zapier integration. We are using the  integration to connect VolunteerHub with another piece of software that  we use to record videos. The integration allows us to send welcome videos directly, and automatically, to volunteers as part of their  onboarding process. That first touch point is huge and VolunteerHub is  helping us make it a welcoming one that volunteers will remember.

What stood out about VolunteerHub when you were vetting volunteer management software?

Trinity: Yes, absolutely. The thing that stood out to me most with Volunteer Hub was the capability to segment volunteers. We work with a  lot of different corporate faith community groups and to send them all  to one page doesn’t allow me to provide a unique experience. Being able to segment volunteers is also valuable when reporting for grants and  when sending communications to individual volunteers or volunteer  groups.

What has your experience been like with the VolunteerHub team?

Trinity: I love the tech support from VolunteerHub. When I first started using the software, I struggled a bit. I think it was the first  time that I had really dived deep into this kind of software. But the  support team at VolunteerHub was fantastic. They were testing things with me and helping me and answering every single question I had and  provided me with resources to be successful. The response time from  support is amazing.

What would you say to other nonprofits who are on the fence about implementing volunteer management software?

Trinity: I would say just make the jump. It is OK to start small with  one specific area of volunteers to get your feet wet. Sometimes it can  feel very daunting and it is a lot of change, especially, if you work  with a lot of different volunteers that have been used to doing things one specific way. Change is hard but necessary. If you are considering VolunteerHub, just know that you’re going to have great support and that making the transition to volunteer management software will help you in  the long run.

How can people volunteer for your organization?

Trinity: Visit our website ( and click on “volunteer” from the “get involved” drop down. We are always looking for people within our community to help support our  mission.


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