A nationwide organization, Habitat for Humanity works toward ending poverty housing by creating opportunities for home ownership with low-income families. With help from local communities, Habitat for Humanity helps support the American dream of owning a home. Habitat for Humanity Tucson was founded in 1980, the first affiliate west of the Mississippi. Volunteer opportunities in the Tucson area vary, ranging from building homes at construction sites to helping at the HabiStore. Construction site volunteers don't need special skills, though being able to pound nails is a plus. The HabiStore sells used building materials, small appliances and household furniture to the public; proceeds are used to support the Habitat's programs. HabiStore volunteers are needed to help with customer service, inventory management, merchandise pricing and store cleaning. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.