Younger generations have always inspired the rest of us to better our world. That kind of idealism can be infectious, and when paired with tangible service, real change can occur. Our Youth Programs are the intersection of aspiration and action. Unfortunately, no one under 16 is allowed to work on an active build site per Federal Regulations. Minors 16–17 are allowed to participate in construction work, but are prohibited from using power tools; being on ladders, scaffolding, or walk boards more than 4’ higher than surrounding area; being on platforms or decks without hand or guard rails when more than 4’ above surrounding area; and being on a roof or participating in roofing. Minor groups participating on a build site must have adult supervision. All minors must complete a liability waiver and have it signed by their parent or guardian.
There are numerous benefits to volunteering in general, but volunteering with Habitat specifically provides the ability to:
Meet and work with those who are different than you, including other volunteers and future Habitat homeowners.
Understand the needs of others, particularly concerning poor living conditions versus safe, affordable housing.
Become involved in the strengthening of your own neighborhoods and communities.
Participate in meaningful work resulting in a sense of accomplishment.
Learn new skills and gain confidence.
Improve your own life and the lives of others in practical and long-lasting ways.
Have fun in a way you may not have thought possible.
How Under 16 can Help:
Under 16 can help plant gardens, flowers, or other small fun things that can help understand the needs of others, particularly concerning poor living conditions versus safe, affordable housing.
Become involved in the strengthening of your own neighborhoods and communities by joining friends to pick up trash and other beautification projects! Build bird houses, paint garden rocks for the home owners, or write thank you notes to those who are volunteering their time. Participating in meaningful work results in a sense of accomplishment.
Learn more about other ways to involve youth in the mission of Habitat through games or activities.
Please contact our volunteer coordinator at 706-272-3336 ext 4 to get more information on ways your youth can assist in Habitat's mission.