Calling All Youth!
Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity offers multiple ways for local youth to give back, learn skills and build their community services hours for school or part of their faith-based organizations:
- Student Build Program – Student groups 16 years and older (based on Massachusetts State Law) are invited to come build with us as part of our build day programs. This is a special time when young men and women can work together to contribute to building homes for our partner families. Massachusetts State laws prohibits those under 16 years old from being on a build site during active construction, but they can partner with their group members to prepare and bring lunch to the build site, help with site preparation and clean-up at the end of the build day. Youth 16 and older can be on the construction site (when accompanied by an adult at a 2 youth to 1 adult ratio) working on projects that do not involve power tools, such as moving materials, calculating measurements, and using hammers, screwdrivers, hand saws, etc.
- Volunteer at the ReStore – ReStore is our retail home improvement store located on Andover Street in Lawrence. The ReStore offers great opportunities for youth to experience retail, get involved in merchandising, and assist with inventory and customer service. Volunteer opportunities are ideal for high school students and other youth looking for community service.
- Individual or Group Volunteer on a Build Site – if you are 16 years or older, come join us on a build site and learn new skills! Once 16, you are welcome on the construction site if accompanied by an adult (over 21) and can be involved in a wide array of activities other than those involving power tools.
- Nickels for Nails – available for any age, this is a wonderful opportunity to support the mission of Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity. Students, teachers, parents, kids and youth groups including Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and individual fundraising are all invited to participate in this program the promotes an understanding of philanthropy, addresses the need for affordable housing, encourages team building and allows for youth to actively change their world by becoming part of The House the Youth Built.