Youth and Student Volunteer Opportunities
There are lots of ways to get involved with Habitat Denver and we welcome youth and student volunteers.
Why should a student or young adult consider volunteering with Habitat Denver?
- Complete your school or honors society volunteer hours
- Gain valuable work experience that can lead to written recommendations and references for work and post-secondary education.
- Develop trade and teamwork skills with our construction crew.
- Gain valuable customer service skills at the ReStore.
All volunteers under the age of 18 at any location will need a signed waiver from their parent or guardian.
Ages 14-15: All five ReStores accompanied by an adult only
Ages 16-17: All five ReStores, seven days a week
Ages 16-22: ReStore Summer Youth Program
Ages 14-15: Production shop on Tuesday and Saturday
Ages 16-17: Home repair and new construction sites - tasks are restricted to exclude climbing ladders or operating power tools. Wednesday -Saturday
We welcome all types of school clubs to schedule a service day at our construction sites or ReStores. Group size typically ranges from 5-10 volunteers. Visit our group opportunities page to learn more and complete our group request form.
Every year during the spring, college students from across the country travel to Denver to build simple, decent, affordable homes for low-income families in need. The volunteers are participants of Habitat for Humanity International’s Collegiate Challenge, which is one of the country’s largest alternative spring break programs and offers the opportunity for students to gain new skills, make new friends, and make a meaningful impact on the community.
Youth Under 14
For volunteers under the age of 14, we have opportunities for you to get involved too! If you're interested in participating in one of our youth projects below, please email our Volunteer Outreach Manager at email@example.com.
- Bring lunch/snacks to a volunteer group: A group of youth may prepare lunch/snacks and bring it out to the job site for the volunteers that day. This can be an entire meal or just snacks or drinks such as baked goods, popsicles, or lemonade. The group would get to interact with volunteers and homeowners during their lunch break on site and see the house they are working on. This event is best scheduled on a Saturday as it is out busiest volunteer day, though some weekdays may work with enough notice.
- Tool Drive: Habitat provides you with a list of commonly used tools, students organize a tool drive and then donate the tools to Habitat. We recommend that the students deliver the tools to a construction site so that the construction supervisors can thank them in person.
- Habitat ReStore Drive: Habitat will provide you with a list of accepted donations at the Habitat ReStores (thrift stores where Habitat sells new and used building materials and the proceeds benefit Habitat’s program), students organize the drive and then donate the items to the ReStores.
- Make a welcome gift for a Habitat family: Welcome a family into their new Habitat home with a wooden door mat, mosaic stepping stones, or laundry baskets stocked with home supplies. If you have other ideas for gifts, please let us know. Your group would supply the materials and organize an event to create these and we will help distribute them to the new homeowners.
- Build planters: Plant flowers in them and give them to the homeowner family during the dedication ceremony. Young volunteers can interact with the family and get a tour of the completed home.
Visit the Habitat for Humanity International's educational resource page for teachers, parents, other youth leaders and student groups to use with youth for education on Habitat and housing.