Volunteer Opportunities for Youth & Families
Habitat for Humanity welcomes youth and family volunteers. Although safety and liability concerns limit the construction-related participation of children under the age of 16, there are many ways that entire families can play a role in making Habitat dreams come true.
A great way for young people to get involved with Habitat is through our Youth United Chapter. Youth United is a Habitat for Humanity International program run by and for youth ages 5 to 25. It brings young people together from all walks of life to play active roles in transforming their communities. For a list of past youth United events click here.
Youth United teaches leadership and teamwork skills, and participants gain a better understanding of the local affordable housing crisis. All students are engaged in education, advocacy, and fundraising activities.
Join Youth United for Youth Serve Saturday during the second Saturday of each month. The second Saturday of each month we offer opportunities for younger youth to volunteer and learn about the mission of Habitat. Volunteer opportunities vary and include "cause" car washes, working dippin' dots stands at UVa home football games, landscaping and rake-a-thons.
For youth volunteering, look at our online sign-up for a list of events, each youth event will have "Youth United" listed before the title. View directions on how to sign-up online as a youth volunteer and fill out the liability form by clicking here.
There are existing Youth United clubs in most area schools. For more information about how to get involved or sign up, please email our Youth United Coordinator Mary Maxfield, or call the Habitat office at 434-293-9066.
Family Friendly Activities
Habitat Lunch Bunch Prepare and deliver food to the jobsite for our volunteers and Partner Families. This activity is great for school groups or families with young children. Enjoy a presentation about Habitat, prepare a meal and deliver it to our hard working volunteers! The construction site is open Tuesday-Saturday.
Construction Individuals over 16 can build at the job site. Click here for instructions on how to sign up and a liability form.
Education Make a presentation at your church or neighborhood association, or host a party in your home to help people understand the importance of Habitat's work.
Events Help with logistics, set up and food at a joyful home dedication, neighborhood celebration or other special event.
Fundraise Nickels for Nails is a great way for younger students visualize what their small contributions can achieve. One nail in a Habitat house costs about five cents. Other values that are within reach are a door knob set, which is $56 or a mailbox, which is $35. Stop by the office to receive an empty paint can for collection or compete against other schools to see who can raise the most money!
Landscape Grow plants at your home or school to beautify at Habitat site.
Join our family friendly events mailing list so that you’ll receive updates when events are posted or contact Volunteer Coordinator Sara Parrish with your ideas about how your family could get involved.