ʻAct! Speak! Build! Weekʼ aimed to empower youth through social action.

Monmouth County, NJ –Coastal Habitat for Humanity - May 23-29, 2010 Coastal Habitat will be hosting Act! Speak! Build! Week, a social action campaign geared toward youth ages 5 to 25.

The week of events will focus on our poverty housing and homelessness crisis, and how young people in the community can make a positive impact.

Over the years, Habitat for Humanity International has modified its outreach programs to include advocacy campaigns, realizing the housing crisis requires help from local and national legislators. Coastal Habitat for Humanity, the Jersey Shoreʼs local affiliate, wishes to expand its youth program by offering children and students a platform to fight for affordable housing through this inaugural Act! Speak! Build! Week. Details of the events are below. If youʼd like to register for any of the events contact Denise at 732-974-2422 ext. 111 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Local Events During Act! Speak! Build! Week


The Home Run

Sunday May 23, 2010 at 12 noon

Wolf Hill Recreation Area, 3 Crescent Place, Oceanport

Runners are invited from all ages and walks of life to run a 5K, benefitting Coastal Habitatʼs efforts to build affordable housing. They must be sponsored (a minimum of $50) by friends and family. Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 fundraisers, including a one-month membership to the Atlantic Club in Manasquan valued at $300! Refreshments for the runners will be provided upon completion. Registration is limited to 100 runners.

The Paper House Campaign

Tuesday May 25, 2010, 6 – 8pm

Neptune Public Library, 25 Neptune Blvd, Neptune

Hosted at Neptune Public Library, this event allows children as young as 5 years old to advocate for Habitat by coloring and constructing a paper house, writing a letter to local elected officials asking them to support legislation that protects affordable housing, and mailing the letter with the paper house to said elected official. It is proven that it only takes ten letters to get the attention of a politician.

Poverty Awareness Dinner

Thursday, May 27, 5 - 7pm

First Assembly of God, 220 Sycamore Ave, Shrewsbury

Families are invited to a free dinner to learn about poverty. After “experiencing” the harsh realities of poverty in our area, an advocacy speaker will talk about poverty and our mission to fight it. The goal is to raise awareness and education to a class of people who are unaware because they have not experienced poverty with the hope that they will become supporters and donors.

Lego Build Competition

Saturday May 29, 2010, 1 – 4pm

Food Court Rotunda, Monmouth Mall, Eatontown

Teams of 3 – 4 participants ages 8 to 12 give a $20 donation each to participate in a one-hour race to build a home from Legos. T-shirts will be provided to participants along with awards, certificates, and participation bags. There will be special guest appearances by NJ 101.5 radio personalities and Miss New Jersey, 2009, Ashley Shaffer.

The Restaurant Tour

All Week

Local Restaurants to be announced!

Participating food venues and restaurants will donate a percentage of one dayʼs profit during Act! Speak! Build! Week to Coastal Habitat for Humanity and our affordable housing efforts. We encourage all of our participants to eat out at one of the participating restaurants on the designated day to increase sales and support our local economy!