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Insructions, reflection questions, and book suggestions for families and groups interested in Supporting Habitat for Humanity

Help Habitat for Humanity

Support their mission and build a world where everyone has a place to live.

Explore Habitat for Humanity’s kid-tailored tools with your children to make them aware of poverty and homelessness.


Possible recipients

The Habitat for Humanity organization and people who benefit from their work.

What you’ll need

  • A few minutes to visit the “Habitat Trekkers” page (for children between 5 and 8) or “Habitat Street Team” page (for children between 9 and 13) to learn how kids and their families can make a difference.

  • Other supplies depending on the project(s) you choose.

Instructions

  • These two websites contain all you need for your family to become informed and, if you’re inclined, to embark on some activities, such as:

    • Join in Act, Speak Build Week activities, usually in April.

    • Make a model Habitat for Humanity house from a cereal box.

    • Create cards for friends and family, Habitat donors, volunteers and homeowners.

    • Enjoy games, hands-on building activities and other resources to learn more about housing issues.

Reflections

  • Not everyone is lucky enough to have a safe home. How do you think you would feel if you didn’t have a home? What would you do?

  • What comes to mind when you think about homeless people?

  • What do you think needs to be done to solve the problem of homelessness?

  • What can you do yourself?

Resources

  • Home: A Collaboration of Thirty Authors & Illustrators by Michael J. Rosen (HarperCollins, 1996). Ages 4-8. Poems, prose and stories about the meaning of home. Sales benefit Share Our Strength, an organization focused on alleviating hunger.

  • The Lady in a Box by Ann McGovern (Turtle Books, 1999). Ages 4-8. A brother and sister befriend a homeless woman in their neighborhood. A good introduction to the issue of homelessness for young children.

Take it further

  • Some Habitat for Humanity work sites need volunteers to deliver drinks, lunch or snacks to the workers. Call your local Habitat office for more information.

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