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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, Micah Jordan at micahj@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 Department at volunteer@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 Department at volunteer@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 Department at volunteer@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 Waterford or Farmington Hills ReStore
  • Clean a Habitat Home before the dedication – For more information contact our Volunteer Department at volunteer@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, Susie Brumfield, at susieb@habitatoakland.org for availability and information.
  • Interview a Core Volunteer or a Homeowner and write an article – For more information contact our Volunteer Department at volunteer@habitatoakland.org

Age Restrictions

  • No one under the age of 14 can be on a construction site or volunteer at the ReStores.
  • Ages 14 through 17 years old may only participate in tasks that are exclusively landscaping and painting. Ages 14-17 cannot work on general construction activities. While they may be on site, they are not allowed to use power tools until they turn 18 years old.  They may work in our ReStores.
  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years old in order to participate in general construction. 
  • Regardless of age all youth must have adult supervision.