Construction Volunteers FAQs
Are you still taking volunteers during Covid-19?
Volunteers are allowed back on site. Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna is following CDC and the State of Maryland’s covid guidelines. Vaccinated volunteers do not need to wear masks on site as long as we can keep social distancing at the build sites. This will be at the discretion of our site supervisors. Volunteers who are not vaccinated will be required to wear masks on site. This will be on the honor system.
When can I volunteer?
Work sites are generally open weekly, Wednesday through Saturday, from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm; however this varies by the time of year and the task. Times will be noted on the volunteer weekly schedules. All dates, times and locations are subject to change.
Is there a minimum age requirement?
You must be at least 16 years old to work on a construction site. 16 and 17-year olds must have a parent or guardian sign a Minor’s Release of Liability and bring this form to the job site. Those under 18 must not use power tools, climb ladders, or work on scaffolding or the roof.
What skills are required?
No specific skills are required, just a willingness to learn. Habitat Susquehanna provides an experienced crew leader on each house build site who will provide on-the-job training.
What tools do I need to bring?
Each volunteer should bring their own water. Tools and safety equipment are provided, but if you wish to bring your own tools, you are welcome to do so. Expect to wear a hard hat and safety glasses once you are on the site.
What will happen when I arrive at the site?
At the beginning of each workday, a Habitat site supervisor will start the morning with a prayer, introductions, a safety talk and instructions. The group will then break into crews to work on the various building tasks.
Will I need to sign a Waiver of Liability?
Each Habitat volunteer must sign a Waiver of Liability form agreeing to take personal responsibility for any accidents or injuries on the job. Most individuals have a personal health insurance plan that covers them while engaged in volunteer work. However, you should verify your coverage prior to coming to the work site.
What if I need to do community service?
Community service volunteers (including school, court and lawyer-recommended) can earn required hours through us. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator for more information – 410-638-4434 Ext. 3.
What if I have a group who wants to volunteer?
For groups of less than 5, please follow the volunteer procedures for individuals. Groups with 5 or more volunteers, please see our revised group policy below:
To reserve a designated day for your group, we graciously request a financial contribution to go toward the build. We will reserve up to 15 people from your group on that day; there is no minimum donation amount. If you are unable to make a financial contribution, your group is still able to volunteer; however, you will sign up as individuals for the day you want to come out and build, rather than have that day reserved. We cannot guarantee that all 15 spots will be available for your group on that day.
For more information, please contact the volunteer coordinator, John Lanigan, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-638-4434 x3.
Can I volunteer while pregnant?
A volunteer that is in any stage of pregnancy will not be allowed to volunteer, or be permitted on, a Habitat Susquehanna construction site. A post-pregnancy doctor’s release will be required for the volunteer to return to the HHS construction site. No modifications to the sweat equity policy will be made for pregnancy. The entire requirement will need to be met prior to the settlement date.
What is the inclement weather policy?
Construction sites will follow the decisions of Harford County Public Schools. If the school system is closed, the sites are also closed; if the school system has a delayed opening, the sites also have a delayed opening (normal start time is 8am, so a 2-hour delay would then be a 10am start time).
Please contact John Lanigan 410-638-4434 x 3 or email email@example.com