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Youth Volunteers

Involving youth in the Habitat Mission…

Why the Age Restrictions?

Many people wonder why there is an age restriction for youth volunteers on the work site.  It’s important to note that this is a hard and fast policy implemented by Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) incorporating US Child Labor Laws and above all, with a concern for safety.  According to HFHI, “In recognition of the federal labor laws regarding children and the potential risk to children’s safety on an affiliate construction site, HFHI policy states that no one under the age of 16 should be allowed on a construction site while construction is taking place.”   Our affiliate takes safety very seriously, but we also realize that our youth are enthusiastic, capable, and committed and for that reason, we have a list of opportunities for volunteers of all ages on this page.


Advocating and Fundraising

One of the best ways that our young and enthusiastic volunteers can give back is to advocate for RVHFH and for affordable housing. You see, we believe that if our younger supporters better understand poverty, income disparities, housing costs, and how RVHFH helps people achieve the dream of home ownership, then they will become life long volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.  By learning about all of these issues combined with understanding the mission of Habitat, kids can communicate the need for affordable housing and advocate for the organization through fundraising and education events.  


How old are you?


Volunteer Opportunities for Youth Age 16+

Habitat Youth: The Habitat Youth program includes students from high schools spanning Hunterdon and Somerset Counties who have joined together to advance the Habitat mission by helping to sponsor and build a Habitat house. Students from Bridgewater-Raritan, Hillsborough, Hunterdon Central, North Hunterdon, Pingry, Ridge, and Somerville high schools, among others, have dedicated their time and efforts to helping Habitat build homes for hard working families.  Students from each high school send representatives to meetings of the Habitat Youth Council, which coordinates build days, fundraising efforts, and awareness-building activities.  More high schools are welcome!   Habitat Youth Council meets monthly on Sunday afternoons at 1pm. All are invited!

Construction Volunteer (16 years and older):

Individuals: 2-4 spots are reserved for individual volunteers for Saturday work crews. Youth ages 16-17 can spend a day onsite helping to build a Habitat house. Please note that an adult sponsor must accompany every two youths on site. During the summer months Wednesdays and Thursdays are open to youth and their adult sponsors. Additional ways to work onsite: check your church or religious organization who may already be working with RVHFH.

Groups: Your club, school organization, or other interested group can spend a day on site building a Habitat house. Each group is asked to sponsor the day with a suggested minimum of $40 per person (fundraising examples: hold a fundraiser or donate construction materials). These groups are then given the opportunity to schedule a Saturday workday for members of their group. Up to 15 people can be accommodated per site, per day (8:30am-3:30pm), with one adult required per 4 youths. Please note that by law, the minimum age to work on site is 16. The Workday program is a unique opportunity for your group to give back to the community in a tangible way, helping to build a home for a family in need.

Site Host (16 years and older): Greet the construction volunteers early Saturday morning at the work site and gather contact information from them.  Stay on to help build if you want (age 16+ only). Minimal time commitment, 1½ – 2 hours on the weekend, 3 or more times a year. It’s a great way to meet our partner families and site supervisors and see the houses from start to finish!

How do I get started?

Complete your Youth Volunteer Application today, and submit it via fax (908-704-1532) or email to volmgr@rvhabitat.org or regular mail (PO Box 6275 Bridgewater, NJ 08807) , and we’ll make sure to get the process rolling, contact us at (908) 704-0016.


Volunteer Opportunities for Youth Age 14 -15

Habitat Youth: The Habitat Youth program includes students from high schools spanning Hunterdon and Somerset Counties who have joined together to advance the Habitat mission by helping to sponsor and build a Habitat house   Students from Bridgewater-Raritan, Hillsborough, Hunterdon Central, Pingry, Ridge, and Somerville high schools, among others, have dedicated their time and efforts to helping Habitat build homes for hard working families.  Students from each high school send representatives to meetings of the Habitat Youth Council, which coordinates build days, fundraising efforts, and awareness-building activities.  More high schools are welcome!  Habitat Youth Council meets monthly on Sunday afternoons at 1pm.

Women Build Helper (any age): This is a great project for a Scout Troop or Youth Group to provide food and beverages on Women Build Days.  Volunteers are asked to provide either goodies for breakfast, a full lunch, or just dessert for a Women Build workday.  Youth and their leaders make the food or get donations from businesses and deliver to the work site on special Women Build Saturdays.  To get involved, contact our Women Build Coordinator, Kathy Tanaka.

Provide refreshments for a Site or Home Dedication Ceremony, special community celebrations for the dedication of a construction site and completed home.  To get involved, contact rvhfh@rvhabitat.org

Provide worksite supplies and receive a short talk and tour of the worksite.  Suggested Items: Water Bottles, Disposable Cups, Paper Towels, Heavy Duty Garbage Bags, Window Cleaner & Paper Towels. Or support our hard working crews by providing refreshments. To get involved, contact our Volunteer Manager, volmgr@rvhabitat.org 

Advocating and Fundraising for RVHFH lots of ways – car washes, chore corps, bake sales, etc.

How do I get started?

Complete an online Youth Volunteer Application and we’ll make sure to get the process rolling.


Volunteer Opportunities for Youth Under Age 14

Women Build Helper (any age): This is a great project for a Scout Troop or Youth Group to provide food and beverages on Women Build Days.  Volunteers are asked to provide either goodies for breakfast, a full lunch, or just dessert for a Women Build workday.  Youth and their leaders make the food or get donations from businesses and deliver to the work site on special Women Build Saturdays.  To get involved, contact our Women Build Coordinator, Kathy Tanaka, kctanaka1@gmail.com

Girls Build (10-12) Girls Build is a complete, ready-to-use curriculum provided by Habitat International for educators and youth leaders of girls ages 10 to 12. At this age, children move beyond simple acceptance of their surroundings and begin to develop an awareness of the circumstances that impact their lives. The Girls Build curriculum won an American Inhouse Design award because its 5 teaching modules are easy to follow, teach, implement and replicate. Find out more

Provide refreshments for a Site or Home Dedication Ceremony, special community celebrations for the dedication of a construction site and completed home.  To get involved, contact rvhfh@rvhabitat.org

Provide worksite supplies and receive a short talk and tour of the worksite.  Suggested Items: Water Bottles, Disposable Cups, Paper Towels, Heavy Duty Garbage Bags, Window Cleaner & Paper Towels. Or support our hard working crews by providing refreshments. To get involved, contact our Volunteer Manager, volmgr@rvhabitat.org

Advocating and Fundraising for RVHFH lots of ways – car washes, chore corps, bake sales, etc.

How do I get started?

Complete an online Youth Volunteer Application today and we’ll make sure to get the process rolling.