Youth Program

Youth Program

At Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County we strive to engage everyone in our Habitat Mission of assisting home buyers on their journey to affordable home-ownership. Although our construction sites and ReStores have age restrictions due to safety reasons, we encourage all ages to immerse themselves in our Mission with a variety of activities.

Any Age

  • Make a Welcome Home Basket for a homebuyer! Some housewarming suggestions are candles, dish towels, hand soap, coasters, etc.
  • Make thank you cards for donors and volunteers
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  • Stock a tool box for a homeowner
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  • Collect Cans as a fundraiser for Oakland County Habitat for Humanity
  • Sign up to provide Christmas gifts to one of our Habitat Homeowners – For more information contact our Partner Support Coordinator, Kelsey Budnick at kelseyb@habitatoakland.org
  • Organize a Bake Sale and donate the proceeds to Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County.
  • Speak to classmates about the work of Habitat Oakland County with the help of an affiliate representative – For more information contact our Volunteer Manager, Annabelle Wilkinson at annabellew@habitatoakland.org
  • Test your Habitat knowledge with Habitat Quiz Cards!
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  • Shoveling for Shingles – A fundraiser where kids offer to shovel porches and sidewalks for their family & friends during winter months, and then donate their earnings.
  • Nickels for Nails Calendars show what a blessing a home can be in this month-long learning activity. Available in a religious and secular calendar.
    Download Scripture Calendar | Download Secular Calendar
  • Create a fundraising website for Habitat and ask people to support the Habitat Mission financially – https://www.crowdrise.com/
  • Provide and bring lunch or a snack to a Habitat Volunteer Site or ReStore – For more information contact our Volunteer Manager, Annabelle Wilkinson, at annabellew@habitatoakland.org
  • Make announcements in your church/school club when volunteers are needed
  • Create stepping stones for the new homeowners
    Download Stepping Stone Choices

Ages 5 – 8

  • Create a Cereal Box Model Habitat Home to help illustrate simple, decent, affordable housing
    Download Cereal Habitat Build
  • Read one of the children’s books produced by Habitat International: Grandpa’s Hammer, Raising the Roof, Doorway to the World or Building Friends- for younger kids – Books available at Habitat Oakland County Office to check out – contact our Volunteer Manager, Annabelle Wilkinson, at annabellew@habitatoakland.org for availability and information.
  • Penny Wars – A fundraiser where children divide into teams and compete against each other to collect coins. The team that collects the most money wins!

Ages 8 & up

Ages 14 & up

  • Volunteer at a Landscaping Day at our office or on a construction site
  • Volunteer in our Pontiac or Farmington Hills ReStore
  • Clean a Habitat Home before the dedication – For more information contact our Volunteer Manager, Annabelle Wilkinson, at annabellew@habitatoakland.org
  • Read Nickel and Dimed, On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich – Books available at Habitat Oakland County Office to check out – contact our Volunteer Manager, Annabelle Wilkinson, at annabellew@habitatoakland.org for availability and information.
  • Interview a Core Volunteer or a Homeowner and write an article – For more information contact our Volunteer Manager, Annabelle Wilkinson, at annabellew@habitatoakland.org

Age Restrictions

  • Anyone under the age of 14 cannot be on a construction site or volunteer at the ReStores.
  • Ages 14-15 can only volunteer for landscaping, cleaning, and painting if the tentative task on site for that day calls for only those things. Ages 14-15 cannot work on general construction activities. They may work in our ReStores.
  • Ages 16-17 can be present for general construction, but cannot engage in hazardous activities such as ladders or power tools.
  • Regardless of age all youth must have adult supervision.