Welcome to the Student Association of Home Builders!

SAHB is a great opportunity for anyone on campus interested in the Housing Industry or other related fields. Our association works in partnership with the Willamette Valley Home Building Association and our members belong to the National Association of Home Builders.

Why Should You Join?

The Student Association of Home Builders allows members access to a number of professionals within the industry who can help guide you along your path to a career after graduation. SAHB is here to help student members get the most from these contacts and provide them with opportunities to figure out just what they want to do once college has come to an end. Some of the various contacts that we have at present include:

Sara Duncan, Mid-Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity
Volunteer Information 

If you like to volunteer and want to know what it's like to build a house, Habitat for Humanity is a great place to get resume-building experience. Currently the Salem Habitat for Humanity is working on a build in Independence and is looking for volunteers for Saturday shifts from September through December. The shifts are 8am - 12pm and 1pm - 4pm and they need volunteers that can work the full shift or perhaps even both shifts and make it a full day event. Habitat is also working on a duplex in Salem and the build is occuring on Wednesdays during the a.m. shift. If we raise enough interest to merit an afternoon shift, they will see if they can make an exception.

Contact Information 

If you are interested in helping out on Saturdays, please email the SAHB Vice President, Katrina Eckles. Let her know if you'll be needing a ride and what shifts you are interested in working. For the Wednesday build, please contact the SAHB President, Carlie Breeden.

Future Plans 

We also have some fun things planned with the Salem Habitat for Humanity group, including possibly helping out with fundraisers or sponsoring a "Beaver Build" where we work to get the campus community involved in what we do and possible recruit more volunteers throughout OSU to help on a build. Sara has also offered to come in and speak with us about what she does and how she became part of Habitat for Humanity, as well as inform us about current builds.

Linda Whiteman, Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services

Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services is based here in Corvallis, Oregon and is a non-profit organization that provides affordable housing services to families in the area. Linda is in charge of the Special Events Planning at W-NHS and is excited to have SAHB on board with them to help out when volunteers are needed most. For those of you interested in affordable housing, working closely with this group will look great on a resume while providing you with valuable information about affordable housing. Linda currently has our group on her list of possible volunteers and may call upon us from time-to-time to help out in the community. Currently they are in need of volunteers to help out at the Reception desk for an annual fundraiser on September 25th. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Linda Whiteman for more details.

What's In It For Me?

There are a long list of benefits that you as a student member can receive if you join SAHB. There are numerous benefits of joining as a student member with NAHB, including:

  1. $30 Registration Fee to attend North America's largest annual marketplace for building products & services: The International Builders' Show!
  2. Discounts (5%-69%) on hotels, car rentals, office products, and an automatic discount on a Dell personal computer purchase 
  3. 20% discount at BuilderBoooks.com
  4. "CareerNet" access - gives you answers to questions, career development advice, networking opportunities, and access to the NAHB library
  5. Access to various award competitions
  6. The opportunity to be awarded one of three NAHB scholarships
  7. And much more!

Your SAHB President, Carlie Breeden, and Vice President, Katrina Eckles, are committed to allowing all of our student members the opportunity to assist in the community while making valuable industry contacts. Please use this association as an opportunity to not only advance your career but also your knowledge. Community service is one of the best ways to meet people and to get your name out there so that people know who you are. Carlie and Katrina will continuously be working behind the scenes to present student members numerous opportunities to get involved and to meet new people. We want you to walk away from this experience feeling confident that you could easily go out in the housing industry and know someone that could help you begin your career.

How Do I Join?

If you have decided that joining the Student Association of Home Builders is something you want to do, send an email to SAHB@oregonstate.edu and let us know of your interest. You can also feel free to talk to the association officers if you have questions or want to know more before agreeing to join.

Membership Fees

In order to become a paying student member, we require a small $10 fee that we pay directly to the National Association of Home Builders to allow you access to their site and events as a student member. One of the most exciting things that your officers are hoping to provide you with this year is the opportunity to fly to Orlando, Florida in February 2008 to attend the International Builders' Show. This will be an incredible opportunity for you to get a glimpse into the housing industry and see what a vast amount of career options there are for you. To learn more about IBS, please visit their website.


Carlie Breeden, SAHB President
(541) 905-7696

Katrina Eckles, Vice President
(541) 914-4313

Ken Westfall, Secretary
(503) 914-9535