Why Volunteer with HYP?
Volunteering with HYP gives you opportunities to connect with other young professionals who are passionate about eliminating poverty housing as well as making a positive impact in our community. In addition, you have access to volunteer opportunities on the job site, at the Habitat Home Improvement Outlet and volunteer committees.
More great reasons:
- Helping to provide affordable homeownership for low income families in our community
- Involvement and participation in the community in which we live
- Professional growth and development
- Networking (professional/social)
- Collaboration with peers of similar interest and drive to make a difference
- Contact with other leaders in the Seattle area
- Gain skills in home-related improvement
- Resume enhancements
- Leadership opportunities
- Public speaking opportunities
What kind of time commitment is required?
HYP has opportunities for various levels of interest and commitment. At a minimum, volunteers are welcome to join us once, twice, or however many times fits your schedule. For people who are interested in investing more time, opportunities include sitting on a HYP or Habitat committee (meeting frequency varies), leading Habitat volunteer orientations, and organizing a HYP special event or serving as a HYP Steering Committee member, just to name a few. We also have members who focus on specific tasks (e.g. website maintenance, flyer design). If you have an idea of how you’d like to be involved, please contact us or track down a Steering Committee member at a build day or happy hour.
Are there other ways I can support Habitat and HYP?
Of course! You can give your time, talk to your friends and family about the great work Habitat does, speak to your employer about donating to Habitat or have people make a donation in your name as a birthday, Christmas or wedding gift. You can also fundraise with the HYP team for the annual Build-a-thon.
The ways you can contribute are only limited by your imagination.
What can I expect on a Build Day?
Each day at the job site is different. You may be asked to pick up a shovel to prep the foundation; a hammer to frame walls; or a brush to paint a fence.
Your typical work day begins with arriving at 8:30 a.m. with a safety orientation and task assignments. For the rest of the day, you will work alongside with Habitat staff, AmeriCorps members, and Habitat Homeowners. We break at noon for lunch, please bring your own packed lunch. Then around 4 p.m., it's time to clean up and sign out.
No previous construction experience is necessary. Habitat and AmeriCorps members are on site to supervise and teach you all the necessary skills.
Items to bring:
- Work Gloves (if you have them)
- Bottled water (at least 2 litres - volunteering at a build site can be thirsty work!)
- Any personal tools you like to use (tape measure, retractable utility knife, hammer, marking pencil, and/or tool belt. Please mark all personal item you bring to the site)
What to wear:
- Closed-toed sturdy shoes or boots (preferably steel toe working boots or hiking boots)
- Long-sleaved shirt and long pants
- Whatever you wear, paint happens. Please wear clothing you don't mind getting dirty/ruined.
What can I expect at the Home Improvement Outlet?
The Habitat for Humanity Store sells brand new and gently used building materials at discounts up to 50% retail prices. The outlet is full of new building materials and home products; most of them donated from manufacturers, retail stores overstock and building contractors. Volunteers will be doing a little bit of everything - picking up and processing donations; preparing, stocking, and displaying donated materials; greeting and helping customers; pricing items; and anything else that is needed. No previous retail experience necessary.
Volunteers can sign up for a whole or half day at the Outlet