The work of Habitat for Humanity has literally moved on the shoulders of volunteers. –Millard Fuller, Habitat founder
What’s a Typical Day on the Build Site?
What to expect depends on what stage of the building process we are in.
You can anticipate working on any of the following:
- Sheet Rock
- Site clean up
There are a couple of things you can count on happening on the build site:
- We build Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
- We build from 9am-3pm (sometimes 8am- 2pm during summer months).
- Volunteers should dress appropriately for the weather, bring plenty of water, and check our Facebook page for updates on construction times, locations, cancellations, and other news.
- Lunch each Saturday is often provided by a local restaurant, but please be prepared to bring your own lunch if you are not able to contact us ahead of time.
- We build year-round.
- We break for lunch around noon (pack your own, or sometimes on Saturdays Habitat provides lunch).
- Our homeowners are on site working alongside volunteers every Saturday, and often times during the week as well.
- It is an active construction site – ground is uneven, tools are around and can be loud!
- All volunteers must be 16 or older. Waivers for 16- and 17-year-olds must be signed by a parent ahead of time.
Myths & Facts About Working on the Build Site
You have to have construction experience to work on the build site.
- No! We welcome volunteers of all skill levels. Never swung a hammer? No problem.
Volunteers need to be able to get on the roof and work on ladders.
- No! There is a job for all abilities/limitations a volunteer may have. We respect your limitations, and expect you to as well!
You have to be a certain age to volunteer on the build site.
- True, but there is only a minimum age you have to be to volunteer. Volunteers must be at least 16 or older to work on the job site.
You have to be part of a group to volunteer
- No! While a lot of our volunteers come out with groups from their business or church, we absolutely encourage individuals to come out and volunteer. We welcome volunteers of all faiths – or no faith – to help us build a safe, decent and affordable home for a deserving family.
Habitat only builds in the spring and summer
You have to bring your own tools to volunteer
- No! Volunteers do not need to bring any tools, unless they have a favorite hammer or tool belt they would like to use. Habitat does not allow volunteers to bring/use their own power tools.
Safety on the Build Site
The safety of our volunteers is Lawrence Habitat’s top priority.
The #1 cause of work site injury are falls!
- If you are on a ladder or a foot stool, confirm that it is securely placed on level ground and if needed, you have a ‘spotter’ to keep the ladder in place.
- Step down carefully.
- Be aware of what’s on the floor – if it’s slick, or there are tools set on the ground close by.
Know your limits Accidents happen when you don’t ask for help, are tired, dehydrated or do tasks that are beyond your physical limitations.
Respect the weather
- Hot out? Take frequent water breaks.
- Wear sunscreen
- Cold? Layers are key!
- Is it wet outside? Floors get slick!
Use the safety equipment available on site
- Protective eye wear cutting lumber.
- Ear plugs – many contractors can attest to the fact that loud power tools effect your hearing!
- Face masks when doing sheet rock work.
We ask that all volunteers make a profile on our volunteer website, VolunteerUP!
VolunteerUP allows you to see all scheduled build days and reserve your spot on the build site. Not only that, through VolutneerUP you can access a short safety on the build site instructional video.
Make your profile here: www.bit.ly/volunteerup
We ask that all volunteers reserve their spot on the build site to avoid over-crowding and so our construction manager can plan ahead for tasks.
Any weather related closures will be posted on our facebook by 8:15 a.m. the day of the build.
More ways to get involved on site:
Make a Meal
Volunteers are needed to make lunches for our Saturday construction crews. This means providing food for about 25 people and dropping it off at our current build site around 11:30 a.m. If you make a mean sandwich, let us know.
Want more ways to volunteer? Check this out.