Youth United Build
Youth United Build of Whatcom County is a program designed for local students in our community who want to make a difference through volunteering, even at a very young age. Our program is designed to empower young people ages 5 through 18 and up by helping them learn new skills. Ultimately, every activity contributes to the building of safe, decent, and affordable homes for families and individuals in need. All of our partner homebuyers are extremely grateful for the help they receive from every Youth United Build team.
Every student is assigned a meaningful task. Youth volunteers leave our program with a better understanding of the needs of our community. Along their journey each student develops greater self confidence, learns the importance of leadership and sharing, and gains teamwork skills. No amount of support is too small or unwelcome.
In addition to young people forming partnerships with Habitat homebuyers and individuals, Youth United students act as “Habitat Goodwill Ambassadors” to their peers, inspiring their friends and families.
All students are expected to help with some fund raising and community education about the Habitat mission. These activities typically include small events like car washes, as well as sponsorships and/or cash pledges to support their teams.
Young volunteers bring a special kind of enthusiasm to our work at Habitat. Because Youth United Build teams can be made up of children as young as five, we’ve planned a wide range of age- appropriate activities. Below is a partial list of activities young people can do in their teams. Every Youth United Build team is free to brainstorm more activities based on their own interests and goals.
- Ages 5 – 13 (suggested tasks)
Make welcome baskets for Habitat families; design simple thank-you notes for Habitat supporters and donors; help with small landscaping projects on build sites; help clear construction-site debris (before or after construction); paint doors and baseboards off site before they’re installed.
- Ages 14 – 15
Help with landscaping and painting; help with cleaning a Habitat home at the end of
construction, before the official dedication.
- Ages 16 – 17
Work on a build site with hand tools only (under the direction of our Construction Lead).
- Ages 18+
Work on a build site with no restrictions (under the direction of our Construction Lead).
Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County has built over 36 homes, and 72 elswhere, with volunteers and partner families contributing the majority of the labor. Habitat continues to develop “net-zero-ready” homebuilding plans by using appropriate technology whenever possible, including solar panels, triple-pane windows, LED lighting, air-to-air heat exchange systems, and Energy Star appliances. On average, our homes cost less than $20 per month to heat.
Building is underway on 52 new townhomes on Telegraph Road in Bellingham. The Telegraph Townhome community has been designed to be a modern connected community close to jobs, schools, and transportation. With a little help, we all have the potential to stand on our own.
Call our Volunteer Coordinator Shelly Comstock at 360.715.9170 x1016, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. She’ll schedule your orientation and provide the necessary paperwork (all volunteers must pass a criminal background check and sign a liability waiver).
Youth United Build Team Leaders will work with you to get you assigned to a team and scheduled for project/build days.