CCOF Habitat for Humanity Home

St. Mary’s has united with eight parishes in the Catholic Circle of Faith (CCOF). The CCOF is a coalition of parishes collaborating to provide prayer, financial and volunteer support toward building a Greater Des Moines Habitat home each year.

This year’s build is a three bedroom ranch with 1 bathroom located  at 2733 College Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311. 

St. Mary’s is committed to raising $5,000 by July for the 2019 Habitat home. To help us reach this goal, you can:

  1. Make an on-line contribution by going to the St. Mary’s website and clicking on the New and Better Online Giving link under the GIVING Tab
  2. Provide an in-kind donation of supplies or specialty services. Please complete the Habitat Gift In-Kind Form to ensure your gift will meet the needs for a Habitat home.
  3. Drop a check or cash in the house displayed in the gathering space or collection basket. Checks should be made payable to St. Mary of Nazareth with a designation for CCOF Habitat for Humanity.
  4. Support a parish fund raising opportunity:
    1. May/June – “Get on Board” by donating to sign a 2×6 board in the Gathering Space after masses
    2. More opportunities are in the works.

Many volunteers are needed at the build site from May through mid-July. St. Mary’s has a few days reserved, but you can sign up to volunteer for any day with openings that works with your schedule. Additional details on volunteering are below, but you can check availability and reserve your spot by clicking on this link to  Sign-Up Now!

Finally, please PRAY! We all know prayer can be extremely powerful and it will certainly be a critical factor for success of this project.

If you have questions or would like to join the St. Mary’s CCOF Habitat Planning Committee, contact Glen Oglia at or 515-326-1528.


Volunteering – Sign Up Now!

All parishioners are welcome to help with Time, Talent and Treasure! There are many opportunities to be involved:

  • Build Day Volunteer
  • On-site Lunch Volunteer / Food Donor
  • In-kind Donations: Supplies or Specialty Services
  • Company Match
  • Committee Member
  • Prayer Support 

St. Mary’s initial construction volunteer commitments are:

8 AM to 4 PM on each of the following days:

  • Saturday, May 4th – 10 volunteers
  • Saturday, May 18th – 5 volunteers
  • Wednesday, June 12th – 5 volunteers
  • Wednesday, June 26th – 5 volunteers

**Additional volunteers are needed at the build site from May through mid-July. Feel free to sign-up for other dates that work for you.

When you sign up online, you will receive an email confirmation with everything you need to know to get ready for your scheduled work day; what to bring, what to wear, weather issues, etc. Closed toe shoes are required! 

Due to liability reasons, volunteers must be at least 16 years old to be a construction volunteer. Workers who are 16 or 17 years old must have a parent or legal guardian sign their waiver form and must have an adult who is legally responsible for them present on the worksite. 

Each volunteer must sign a waiver of liability each day that they help build. Click on Waiver Form for a copy. All volunteers are encouraged to sign-up on-line and complete the waiver at that time. If you do not have Internet access, the completed form must be brought with you to the construction site. 

For more information on other volunteer opportunities, contact Glen Oglia at or 515-326-1528.

Directions to the Build Site


Your investment in Habitat builds homes, communities, and a world of hope for people in Polk and Dallas counties.

Each parish participating in the Habitat building project is required to provide a cash donation in addition to volunteer support. St. Mary of Nazareth’s financial commitment for the 2018 Catholic Circle of Faith Habitat build is $5,000 in cash or in-kind donations. Please consider a donation to this very worthy cause.

Cash contributions

A variety of opportunities to donate and fundraising activities will be available throughout the year.

  1. You can donate online safely and securely by going to the St. Mary’s website and click on the New and Better Online Giving Link under the GIVING Tab.
  2. Write a check to St. Mary of Nazareth and note it is for CCOF Habitat for Humanity.
  3. Support a parish fund raising opportunity:
    1. May – June – “Get on Board” by donating to sign a 2×6 board in the Gathering Space after masses
    2. More opportunities are in the works.

Gifts In-Kind

Gift in-kind donations are extremely helpful in keeping construction costs low and creating partnerships that ensure qualified low-income families will have the opportunity to purchase an affordable home. If you feel you may have a service or materials that could be donated, contact Glen Oglia or submit the Gift In-Kind Form to Habitat for Humanity.

Possible gifts in-kind include:


  • Excavation
  • Foundation
  • Flatwork
  • Grading
  • Roofing
  • Drywall
  • HVAC
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Flooring
  • Gutters


  • Siding
  • Roofing
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Landscaping
  • Cabinetry

About Habitat for Humanity

Mission: Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity partners with God and members of our community to build simple, decent housing which strengthens families and transforms neighborhoods through homeownership.

Core Values: Faith and Integrity, Safety and Quality, Compassionate and Motivated Workforce, Empowerment.

For more information about the Habitat for Humanity organization and other volunteer opportunities visit their website at Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity


Catholic Circle of Faith Volunteer Registration

Waiver of Liability Form 


St. Mary’s CCOF Habitat Build Info

Gift In-Kind Donation