Each year, over 40 High Schools from Suffolk & Nassau Counties
raise over $65,000 in funds and participate in our annual Student Build
program. Working alongside fellow classmates and often times the
Habitat homeowner Family on a Habitat project is a building block of
community service for the young people that volunteer their time to help
families move out of unacceptable housing into decent, affordable
In addition to the community service they earn and the building skills
they obtain, each year over 1,000 Long Island students are provided with
the knowledge of how a nonprofit organization works and the importance
and impact fundraising has on their neighoboring communities. The
students learn that one of the greatest things about the Student Build
program each year is not just that one more affordable house is built,
but that they will forever be part of something that has changed the
life of another family, a family whose dreams are becoming a reality
because of their volunteerism and dedication to raising funds.
Build | Educate | Fundraise
The Student Build program takes a three-pronged approach:
It is a hands-on opportunity for the students to be put into action
It is an opportunity to learn about the need for affordable
housing on LI and the impact of a nonprofit in their communities
It allows the students to organize and raise a pledge amount
as a group as well as actually see where their raised funds go, to our
building supplies for the homes that they help build!
How It Works
Student Build is a program that encourages and enables students to help
eliminate poverty housing in partnership with Habitat Suffolk (HFHS).
HFHS campus chapters are student groups led by an advisor who work in
partnership with us and are provided with rewarding opportunities for
fellowship, empowerment and leadership.
How Do We Start?
. Gather a group of students (a class, club, team, or friends) and appoint an advisor to lead the group. Email Steph@habitatsuffolk.org
to request pledge form.
. Pledge a donation amount and email the form and 3 build date
options to come out and build onsite. Keep in mind we build
Tuesdays-Saturdays, pledge minimum is $1000.
- The minimum pledge amount to reserve your student build day is
$1,000 for a minimum of 10 students. This means that you need to
raise/donate $100 per student.
- The maximum number of students allowed per Student Build day
is 20. Keeping in mind that the donation is $100 per student, the
donation amount for a group of 20 Students is $2,000.
- If you would like to have more than 20 students build, you can
sign up for multiple build days, as long as the donation amount
reflects the number of students signed up. If you have a group of 10-15
students, you sign up for 1 day. If you have 20 students, you can sign
up for 2 days of 10 or 1 build day of 20. If you have more than 20
students, you choose at least 2 days to build.
- The build calendar is first come-first serve. Those who sign
up early have a greater chance of getting the day they select. The date
is not secure until the pledge form is received. We build Tuesdays,
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Please note that Saturdays fill up
fast, if you are interested in a Saturday, don't hesitate, sign up
- There should be 1 chaperone (adult 21 or older) per 10
students. You do not need to count the chaperone as a builder. They
are there to help manage the students.
- All students MUST be at least 16 years old to build on a
Habitat construction site. This is for safety reasons and is regulated
by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
- Our build day is from 9am-2:30pm. We ask that groups arrive
around 8:45am so we can start promptly at 9am with a welcome and safety
speech. We break for lunch around 12pm, and begin cleaning up around
2:15 with an end time of 2:30pm. We understand that sometimes the bus
schedule interferes with our timeline. If you need to leave site
earlier, please just let us know.
Early Bird Special
Any group that sends in a signed pledge form before October 31 will
receive 1 additional build day
to be used on a weekday by February 2017!
Please send your pledge to email@example.com
SIGN UP NOW, DON'T WAIT!
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PLEGE AGREEMENT FORM
Email questions or completed pledge form to Steph, Manager of Partnerships and Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call at 631 HABITAT x100.
Commonly Asked Questions
No construction experience is necessary. Our knowledgeable
Site Supervisor, AmeriCorps Site Leaders, and volunteer Crew Leaders
will lead you in building the Habitat way!
- We supply all tools, hard hats, gloves, and work belts. There
will be ponchos on the truck in case of rain.
- Water is supplied.
There will be a cooler of water bottles onsite.
- Habitat does not provide lunch. Please instruct students to bring a bag lunch if the school is not providing one.
- Bathrooms: We provide a clean port-o-john with hand sanitizer.
- Valuable items such as bags or purses can be locked in the cab of the Habitat truck.
- There is no smoking onsite- you must step to the street line for a smoke break.
- We build in rain, snow or shine- unless severe weather is
predicted. Coordinate an emergency contact for the day of the build
with the main office.
- Cell phone usage is limited to breaks and lunchtime for safety. Please remember to tag us on social media!