Kids ages 5-16 can take part in fun activities that teach the importance of a safe place to call home. 

Individuals 16 and up can volunteer on construction and preservation sites, or at our ReStore.

Groups of volunteers aged 16–17 just need a 1:5 “chaperone to volunteer” ratio and a waiver to participate.


Little Builders (ages 5–15)

If your child is too young to be on site, we can suggest multiple activities for children between the ages of five and thirteen that teach them the importance of safe, healthy housing, donating their time and money to causes they care about, and the feeling of giving back to their communities. Kids can also use their voice and take action on our advocacy page.

A couple of other activities children can do with adult guidance are:

Nickels for Nails – Make change by collecting change! Even the smallest contribution can make a big difference in our community. Kids, families or classrooms can hunt for change, learn to crowdsource from friends and family or even open a lemonade stand to donate their profits. Donations can be sent to 111 John Street, 7th Floor, Suite 770, New York, NY 10038.

Paper Houses – The Paper House Campaign shows kids how easy and fun advocacy can be! Kids print, color and decorate paper house petitions. A parent or teacher then mails them to local elected officials, urging them to support affordable housing and hard-working families. Not sure who your elected officials are? Find out here!

For more information about how you can run your own activities, or if you would like to partner with Habitat NYC and Westchester to sponsor a special Little Builders event for children, email volunteer@habitatnycwc.org.

Campus Chapters

High school or college students can do to support our mission from their school or university. Campus chapters and school clubs educate their communities about the need for affordable housing. Officially affiliated chapters receive yearlong support from our staff, access to Habitat NYC and Westchester online fundraising tools, as well as volunteer sign-up priority.

Habitat NYC and Westchester Campus Chapters
  • Columbia University
  • The Dalton School
  • Hillcrest High School
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY)
  • New York University
  • St. John’s University
  • Townsend Harris High School
  • Columbia Prep
  • Trevor Day School
  • Fordham Lincoln Center
  • Browning School

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Giving Tuesday 2023

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