Why Volunteer with HYP?
You’ll get to connect with other young professionals who are passionate about making a positive impact in our community and eliminating poverty housing. This will open doors for a multitude of volunteer opportunities with Habitat.
Need to hear more? Volunteer with us and you will:
- Help provide affordable homeownership to low income families in our community
- Impact the community in which we live
- Gain professional growth and development
- Network professionally and socially
- Collaborate with peers of similar interest
- Communicate with other leaders in the Seattle area
- Attain skills in home-related improvement
- Enhance your résumé
- Embrace opportunities in public speaking and leadership
What kind of time commitment is required?
Come whenever your schedule permits! Whether you join us once, twice, or permanently, HYP has opportunities for various levels of interest and commitment.
Looking to invest more time? Check out what of these opportunities:
- Sit on a HYP or Habitat committee (meeting frequency varies)
- Lead Habitat volunteer orientations
- Organize a HYP special event
- Serve as a HYP Steering Committee member
Are you task-oriented? Some members focus on specific tasks (e.g. website maintenance, flyer design).
Are there other ways I can support Habitat and HYP? Of course! Here are just a few ideas:
- Talk to friends and family about the great work Habitat does
- Speak to your employer about donating to Habitat
- Ask people to make a donation in your name as birthday, Christmas or wedding gift
- Fundraise with the HYP team for the annual Build-a-thon
Opportunities & Needs
Check out opportunities to get involved on our Volunteer page.
Current needs include:
- Enthusiastic young professionals to join our team
- Motivated leaders to join our Steering Committee
- Donations to support Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County (online donation form)
Please contact us if you have any questions about HYP or how you can get involved.
What To Expect On a Build Day
Each day at the job site is different. Ready to pick up shovel and prep the foundation? How about a hammer to frame walls or a brush to paint a fence?
Task vary, but your typical work day begins at 8:30 a.m. with safety orientation and task assignments. You will work alongside Habitat staff, AmeriCorps members, and Habitat Homeowners. At noon, we break for lunch (please pack your own). Clean up begins around 4 p.m.
Items to bring:
- Work gloves (if you have them)
- Bottled water (at least 2 litres; build work is 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 items)
What to wear:
- Closed-toe, sturdy shoes or boots (preferably steel toe working boots or hiking boots)
- Long-sleeved shirt and long pants
- Whatever you wear, paint happens: Please wear clothing you don’t mind getting dirty/ruined
Remember: No previous construction experience is necessary! Habitat and AmeriCorps members are on site to supervise and teach you all the necessary skills.
Check out our photos to see the great work HYP has done!
What is the Home Improvement Outlet and what can I expect?
The Habitat for Humanity Store sells new and gently used building materials at discounts up to 50% retail prices. Most of these items have been donated from manufacturers, retail stores overstock and building contractors.
Volunteers do a little of everything—pick up and process donations; prepare, stock, and display donated materials; greet and help customers; price items, etc. No previous retail experience is necessary!
Sign up for a whole or half day at the Outlet.
Build Day Cancellation Policy
Habitat Young Professionals works closely with our affiliate Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County to guarantee enough spots for our volunteers each month, which are limited for safety reasons. By registering for a HYP Build Day, you are reserving one of these limited spaces and committing to attend the full shift for which you are registering. If your availability should change, please notify us immediately by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, but no less than 48hrs in advance of the build day. This will allow us to open your spot to the waitlist. The more notice you provide, the better chance we have of filling your spot. If you have an emergency and need to cancel day-of, please call, text or email your HYP Contact noted in the instruction email you will receive the week before the build.
Due to a recent increase in volunteers not adhering to our cancellation policy, the HYP Steering Committee has decided to enforce the policy by implementing a probationary period for volunteers who do either of the following twice over the period of six months:
- Fail to provide at least 48hrs written notice of a cancellation to email@example.com; or
- Fail to show-up for a build without providing at least 48hrs notice.
If you are put on probation, you can still register to volunteer. However, you will be moved to the waitlist and will be notified 48hrs before the build if a spot becomes available. This will last for six months immediately following your second violation.
The HYP Steering Committee is aware that emergencies at work and in our personal lives come up, which is why the probation period will start after the second violation, not the first. We hope that our volunteers can appreciate how important they are in our commitment to building homes for low income families. We cannot do this without you. Should your availability change, we request that you provide as much advanced notice as possible, but no less than 48hrs so that we may attempt to fill from our waitlist.