Youth United Build

The Youth United Build is a Habitat for Humanity program that encourages young people to make a difference in their communities by building homes for families in need of safe, affordable shelter.

The program reaches out to students from the local community and offers them the opportunity to get involved in their own communities. It teaches them useful skills, to model the obligation we have to serve one another, and to empower them through participation in service to others and to their communities.

The program has four essential goals:

  • Involve youth in their community
  • Engage youth in Habitat’s mission of eliminating poverty housing
  • Foster teamwork among diverse groups of youth
  • Develop youth leaders

The sixteen year old or older students are engaged in fundraising, education, advocacy activities, as well as house construction. When construction begins, the young people work under the supervision of professionals from the construction industry. The group is responsible for soliciting 70% of the construction costs of a home. Students under the age of sixteen can be involved in all activities related to the Youth United Build except for house construction.

Our first Youth United Build was under the leadership of Timothy Lann, an incredible young man, who was a senior and honor student at Squalicum High School in Bellingham. Tim approached us in January 2014 requesting that his not-for-profit organization, Brothers Against Poverty, be involved with Habitat for Humanity. He was very excited to learn that his organization could spearhead the VanDyken family build on Haxton Way.
Within a month, Tim was able to recruit over 100 students to form ten to twelve teams that make up the Youth United Build. Construction began on the 900 sq. ft., two-bedroom, energy efficient “passive” home in February, 2015. The students continue to experience first-hand the rewards that come from real community service. They have become lifelong advocates for helping families out of economic poverty and substandard housing. Everyone at Habitat have been very proud to have worked in partnership with the remarkable initiative of our young builders!

If you are interested in getting supporting the Youth United Build, please contact our office, or donate to the Youth United Build!

Thanks to Our Supporters!

Habitat for Humanity and the VanDyken family would like to thank the following individuals, churches, businesses, foundations and granting agencies for their financial support in helping to build their home on Haxton Way. the VanDyken family is now enjoying their Habitat home.

  • Absolutely Clean
  • Anvil Corporation
  • Barron Heating
  • Bellingham Bay Rotary
  • Bike and Build grant
  • Bright Outlook
  • Brothers Against Poverty
  • Budget Blinds
  • Budget Septic
  • Builders Alliance
  • Cascade Drywall Inc.
  • Christ Lutheran Church in Ferndale
  • Coast Insulation
  • Constance Myhre
  • Convoy Supply
  • Dennis & June Veith
  • Eleanor & Henry Jansen Foundation
  • Eleanore Chamberlain
  • First Congregational Church
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • GAF Roofing Manufacturer
  • GlacierScapes
  • Inez Jonson Trust
  • Interior Doors and More
  • Jeanne & Conrad Koehn
  • Honcoop Gravel
  • Land Development, Engineering & Surveying Inc.
  • Levi Nyberg
  • Louws Truss Incorporated
  • Lummi Indian Business Council
  • Marion & Herbert Brown
  • Mark Schofield
  • M C Smith Construction
  • Michael & Lois Massanari
  • Mills Electric
  • Mobile Floors
  • Mt. Baker Arborist
  • Peoples Bank
  • Robert Kelly & Judith Widrig
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church
  • Sherwin-Williams (122 W. Stuart Rd. store)
  • Simple Box
  • Starbucks (W. Bakerview store)
  • St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church
  • Topside Roofing
  • Umpqua Bank
  • Westcoast Windows
  • Western Forest Products
  • Whatcom Community Foundation
  • Whatcom County Association of Realtors
  • Whatcom Gutter Co, Inc.
  • Whatcom Land Title
  • Whirlpool Appliances
  • Woods Coffee
  • Zervas & Associates
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