The Playhouse Project is a unique opportunity that allows Habitat MidOhio to partner with sponsors to build a playhouse for a local family in need—providing children with a safe place to play and imagine what home means to them. Funds raised go toward building new houses right here in Central Ohio.
"To say that building this playhouse was a highlight of 2020 would be an understatement. But here is what I need everyone to know...building the playhouse would have been in the highlight reel of any year. It was truly wonderful in every way. If there is ever an opportunity to say yes to building a playhouse through Habitat for Humanity do not hesitate in saying "yes." It is a life-changing experience in the best ways."
- Lindsey Allen, New Hope Church
"To all of the special volunteers that worked on Savannah's playhouse, Savannah and I thoroughly appreciate ALL the love you placed in this house. I believe this playhouse came at a time when we really needed something joyful. Continue being AWESOME!"
- Playhouse recipient
Sponsor a Playhouse
Get your company, faith group, family/friends, or other organization involved in Habitat’s mission by sponsoring a playhouse! Habitat MidOhio will match you with a local family in need and provide a list of family interests that will help you design a one-of-a-kind playhouse that will be given to the family at no cost. There are two options for sponsorship:
Single Playhouse Build ($3,000 sponsorship): Recruit up to 10 volunteers to participate in a playhouse build either at the Habitat warehouse or a location of your choosing.
Playhouse Project Blitz Build ($3,000 sponsorship): Gather your team of 10 volunteers and join other groups in a Blitz Build. Our first Licking County Blitz Build is scheduled for August 11 and 12 at the Canal Market District in downtown Newark. Space is limited, interested organizations should complete the sponsor interest form below. Our Third Annual Huntington Park Playhouse Blitz Build will be held in Spring 2022. To make sure you are notified of the dates, please complete the sponsor interest form below.
In either scenario, on your scheduled build day, Habitat MidOhio staff and/or volunteer leadership will be on hand all day to guide you and your team through the entire process. We will also provide all the materials you need like paint, paintbrushes, rollers, tools, protective paper/plastic, safety equipment, and cleanup supplies.
If you want to include any stickers, decals, stencils, or exact colors in your design, you can bring those, too.
When the sawdust settles at the end of the day, teams will enjoy the fruits of their labor first-hand, by presenting the completed playhouse to their assigned family!
To have a Habitat staff member contact you with more information on sponsoring a playhouse, please complete and submit this sponsorship interest form.
Volunteer with us
As with any Habitat program, volunteers will play a key role in making The Playhouse Project a success! Check out the opportunities below to see how you can participate in this program. If you believe you have a skill set or idea that could benefit The Playhouse Project that is not listed below, don’t hesitate to reach out!
The Playhouse Project Captains: These volunteers will coordinate groups of 8-10 volunteers in painting and assembling playhouses. Captains will be trained so they can independently lead a sponsor group in the assembly and decoration of a playhouse. Captains must be at least 18 and possess excellent people skills, in addition to some basic construction knowledge.
Playhouse Kit Creation: Prior to a Playhouse Project build, the wooden playhouse kits must be created and primed. Volunteers 18 and up who have some basic woodworking skills can join our kit creation crew, which works throughout the year to produce all of the walls, bases, roofs, and trim pieces at the Habitat warehouse.
Playhouse Priming: Once the kits have been created, volunteers are also needed to prime all the pieces prior to a playhouse build. Groups of 8-10 will come to the Habitat warehouse for priming sessions, typically in 2-4 hour shifts. The minimum age for priming is 14.
To be notified of Playhouse Project volunteer opportunities, please complete and submit this volunteer interest form.