Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville

celebrating 25 years of building dreams EST. 1991

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Youth United Projects

The Greater Charlottesville area Habitat Youth United Chapter has participated in the fundraising and building of four homes for local Partner Families, and other neighborhood improvement projects.


Lego Blitz Build for World Habitat Day

Celebrated around the world, World Habitat Day calls attention to the need for better shelter. In honor of this day, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville hosted the third annual Lego Blitz Build to engage community youth. A Blitz Build is a Habitat event where volunteers in the community join forces for days of intense building and providing our houses a boost in the construction process. Due to liability, youth under the age of 16 are not allowed to volunteer in Blitz Builds or on the construction site, leading to the creation of the Habitat Lego Blitz Build.  

On Friday, October 3rd, community youth of all ages used their creative minds to build Habitat homes from all over the world at Charlottesville’s nTelos Wireless Pavilion. Registration was free and included a bucket of Lego’s as well as a chance at winning a grand prize. In honor of World Habitat Day, builders were encouraged to construct Habitat homes from around the world. Look for a Lego Blitz Build in 2015!

The Daily Progress covers the event.

Sunrises for the Promise Keepers Building - Four Elementary schools are participated in the Spring 2012 mosaic; Baker-Butler, Burnley-Moran, Jackson-Via, and Meriweather Lewis. Thanks to the art teachers, Eileen Butler and Andrew Sherogan along with in-kind donor, Wayne Murphy, from Wainwright Tile & Stone, Inc. who helped make the mosaics happen. Once finished, the mosaics were mounted on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floor of the Promise Keeper's Condominum building at Sunrise Park.

View NBC 29's coverage of the mosaics.

Newsplex showcases the mosaics as well.

2012 Act! Speak! Build! Week - April 1-7th- The first week in April marks Habitat International's Act! Speak! Build! week. It is a student-iniated week of advocacy on behalf of Habitat for Humanity and housing issues. It empowers young people to educate themselves and their communities and move people to social action. YU planned several events leading up to - and during - the week, in which families and younger students participated.

Youth United 2012 Act! Speak! Build! Week of Events

  • Tuesday, March 27th - Middle School students at The Covenant School researched the affordable housing crisis and advocating for a change. The group of students wrote letters to their local officials, congressmen and President Obama and the First Lady, asking them to address the housing issue. The group also created posters to educate others about their research, which will go on display during the Hoops for Habitat basketball tournament on May 12th.
  • Tuesday, April 3rd - Boys & Girls Club on Cherry Avenue joined up with a group of UVA Landscape Architecture students to plant red river birch trees at Paton Street.
  • Thursday, April 5th - Girl Scout Troop 42 joined the Habitat Lunch Bunch Program, which offers  families and younger students the opportunity help Habitat by making lunch and delivering it to the job site. The troop learned about the affordable housing crisis in our area and the different people who help build Habitat homes before they made sandwiches for the team of hard-working volunteers and staff members.
  • Friday, April 6th - Boys & Girls Club at Southwood learned about Habitat then helped to weed the Southwood community garden!

Learn and Build Program - Has been part of Habitat for Humanity International’s Youth Programs for the past 17 years. The Learn and Build Experience is an opportunity for a diverse group of students ages 16 to 18 to contribute to Habitat for Humanity’s mission of eliminating poverty housing. Through the Learn and Build Experience, individual youths come together as a team to build with a Habitat affiliate outside of their area. In addition to building, students take part in various hands-on educational and community activities to better understand poverty issues and how Habitat serves families in communities around the world.

Last summer, Habitat of Greater Charlottesville hosted a Learn and Build Program for two weeks in June. The group helped with framing and preparing Sunrise Park for a Blitz Build. View the Habitat International Learn and Build website along with a video that highlights the Learn and Build Experience in Charlottesville.

World Habitat Day Showcases Youth United - October 7, 2011 Students from Youth United shared in a celebration of World Habitat Day on the Free Expression Monument on Charlottesville's downtown mall. Local elementary and middle school artists made banners to show the importance of shelter around the world by responding to the theme for World Habitat Day, "Housing Cities After a Natural Disaster." Youth United members helped face paint, pass out balloons, draw homes on the chalk wall and talk to other youth about Habitat for Humanity for Greater Charlottesville's Youth United program.



Landscaping and "Building Bridges" at Paton Street in 2010 During the 2010-11 school year, while fundraising for the Mohammad Family sponsorship, YU members worked on Habitat projects all over town, including clean up work at Habitat's Southwood Mobile Home Park and site preparation at Sunrise.  Many YU members participated at the Paton Street neighborhood, helping with landscaping, building a playground, and planting the rain gardens. 

The big project at Paton Street was the bridge mosaic, pictured at top left.  You can read about the project on page 6 of Habitat's Spring 2011 Newsletter.  This project has received lots of local and national attention.


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