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.
- 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
- Stock a tool box for a homeowner
- 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 email@example.com
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Test your Habitat knowledge with Habitat Quiz Cards!
- 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 email@example.com
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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
- Write a prayer for HFHOC to use at a home kickoff or dedication
- Write an essay or story about your Habitat experience
- Write and send letters to your elected officials advocating for affordable housing
Download Specific Advocacy Letter Campaign
- Play SPENT – http://playspent.org to learn about the hardships and challenges of living in poverty.
- Research Habitat for Humanity at https://www.habitat.org/ and fill out our crossword puzzle!
Download Youth Crossword
- Build picnic tables for volunteers to rest at the work sites
Download How to Build a Picnic Table
- Encourage your Student Council or National Honor Society to support Habitat Oakland County
- Making Choices Activity – Learn about the difficult choices that need to be made on a low-income through this candy filled lesson!
Download Making Choices Game
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 email@example.com
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
- 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.