Care-a-Vanners Help Habitat

Oct 2, 2017

Credit Habitat for Humanity

A dozen volunteers from all across the country have come to the Quad Cities to help Habitat for Humanity. 

The traveling volunteers are called "care-a-vanners" because they travel in rv's to various Habitat sites.

Elesha Gayman from the local chapter, says the care-a-vanners arrived last week, and will work through this week, on the chapter's 106th home on 3rd Avenue in Milan. 

"It's kind of an exclusive club of rv-ers who are hard-core Habitat volunteers as well. Some of these individuals do it just for a season, or maybe just during the summer, while others do it year-round. So literally they go from state to state seeing the country while also building homes for Habitat for Humanity."

Gayman says most are retired but some use their vacation time to help, and it's ideal for people who like to travel and want to help Habitat. They pay all their own expenses.

This year, 5,000 care-a-vanners are working at more than 140 building projects in the US, and will provide critical help for hurricane victims.  

To join the program go to the Habitat for Humanity international website and look for the "rv" link (or go to