Minors under 16:
While our insurance stipulates that children under 16 are not allowed to work on a job site, there are still many ways for them to help. Age-appropriate activities for youth include:
* Sing a song for the new homeowners at the home dedication
* Make thank you cards for volunteers and donors
* Collect cans and toiletries for the food pantry
* Learn about the environment and plant environmentally-friendly trees and gardens in Habitat neighborhoods
* Make wooden key holders, picture frames, or doorstops from scraps on site
* Speak to classmates about the mission of Habitat for Humanity
* Construct and paint birdhouses to be used for fundraisers
* Design a T-Shirt to be sold as a Habitat fundraiser
* Volunteer at the Learning Lab to teach students a new skill
* Learn about another country where Habitat builds, and design a fundraiser to sponsor a home there.
* Make a scrapbook for the Partner Family
* Host a Lego home competition at your school - each group (different clubs, homerooms, friends, etc) build a Lego home. People vote for their favorite by putting money in a jar in front of each one. The home with the most money wins. All money is then donated to help build real homes for low income families.
* Start a Habitat campus chapter
* Build picnic or lunch tables for the work site
* Clean a Habitat house before the dedication
You can see more ideas on Habitat for Humanity International's Website!
Are you looking to gain further experience in marketing, office administration or fundraising? College student are encouraged to volunteer at the Habitat main office. This is a great opportunity to enhance your resume while simultaneously aiding the community. Local colleges such as The College of New Jersey, Rider University, Princeton University and Mercer County Community College are a constant and important base from which Habitat for Humanity of Trenton recruits volunteers.
Minors and College groups can also help with fundraisers. Car washes and Chili cook-offs have been fun, successful fundraisers put on by outside groups in the past. Contact email@example.com for more great fundraising ideas.