Beloved Community

In honor of Martin Luther King's vision of a Beloved Community, Habitat is excited to welcome groups of all kinds to join us for our 4th Beloved Community Kick-Off event. 

Together, we’ll build playhouses for our Playhouse Program, which will be donated to local organizations while raising critical funds that help Habitat build more affordable, sustainable homes. Join us for this unforgettable celebration of Dr. King’s vision, our shared humanity, and the ways we can come together to build change.

When: April 6, 2024

Where: Cannery Park, Hayward

volunteers building playhouses for Habitat for Humanity

Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteers will receive

  • a light breakfast & lunch
  • t-shirt
  • a sneak peek at Habitat's next development - Sequoia Grove.
  • a great time building the playhouses with us!

Get Involved

You're invited to build a Beloved Community with Habitat for Humanity!

Corporate teams can become sponsors and receive volunteer spots and exclusive marketing benefits. 

Community groups such as faith congregations, community clubs, and advocacy organizations are welcome to join as a team of volunteers. 

Volunteers building a roof

2023 Beloved Community

Relive the fun

See how volunteers spent the day building toward Martin Luther King's vision
of a beloved community during last year's event.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is involved in building playhouses?

To build a playhouse, we start with the wood components that have been primed and prep for your build day. Groups are divided into teams to work on roofing, carpentry, and painting. Our playhouses are donated at the end of a build, and the recipient children choose their own themes. So, after the roofing and carpentry are complete, everyone comes together to paint and customize the playhouse of a child's dream.

Where do the playhouses go?

The Playhouses built at the Beloved Community Build will go to Hayward schools, childcare centers, and local families through Habitat’s non-profit partners. 

How old do you have to be to participate?

Volunteers over the age of 6 are welcome to participate in the Beloved Community Build. We do require that all children under the age of 16 have a guardian present with them for the duration of the build. 

What should I bring?

The Beloved Community Build will be taking place outdoors at Cannery Park. We recommend that all participants bring sunscreen or other sun protection, a refillable water bottle and an extra layer in case the weather changes. Habitat will provide water coolers, a light breakfast, T-shirts and lunch for all participants. *Please note: If you have dietary restrictions please consider bringing your own lunch. We will do our best to accommodate restrictions but cannot guarantee that all of the food will meet your needs. 

What should I wear?

ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE REQURED TO WEAR CLOSE TOED SHOES. In addition, we recommend wearing clothes you can comfortably work in and don’t mind getting dirty. We also recommend wearing layers so you can stay comfortable as the day warms up. 

Where can I park?

Free street parking is available on both sides of B Street. There is also a parking lot at the corner of Martin Luther King Dr and Burbank St. For those using public transit, Cannery Park is a 15-minute walk from the Hayward Bart station and down the street from the Hayward Amtrak station. 

Can I attend just part of the event?

We require that all participants be present at the beginning of the event to attend a mandatory safety briefing and to receive instructions for the build and tasks for the day. If you need to leave early for any reason, please let a Habitat leader know and clean up your area before departing. 

How does this event support Habitat’s mission?

The Beloved Community Build sponsors contribute a tax-deductible donation to offset the cost of materials and supervision, and to benefit Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership programs and services. This support directly benefits our new affordable home developments and allows us to provide affordable housing opportunities to families with limited incomes. If you would like to learn more about becoming a sponsor of this event, please reach out to Pat Rickett at

Is there a cost associated with this event?

This event is free to attend for all participants due to the generosity of our sponsors but does require individuals to register prior to the event. If you would like to support Habitat’s work and this event you can do so at Please mention the Beloved Community Build in the notes section.

What is the Beloved Community?

The Beloved Community is a concept created by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The King Center describes a Beloved Community simply, as a community “where injustice ceases and love prevails.” It’s a community centered on equity and shared humanity. It’s a community directly in line with our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat builds toward a Beloved Community by expanding access to homeownership, when decades of injustice have denied the opportunity to so many. Along with homeownership, we grow the health, prosperity, educational outcomes, generational wealth, and strong communities that come with it. Learn more about the Beloved Community here.

Want to get involved?

Let us know if you'd like to partner with Habitat for Humanity at the 2024 Beloved Community Build! This is not how you sign up for our Beloved Community Build but it is a good first step to learn more!

A Sincere Thank You To Our

2024 Beloved Community Sponsors

  • AvalonBay
    Bronze Sponsor - AvalonBay