Seeking to put God’s love into action, Hancock County Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.



GETTING TO THE SITE: The address is 288 Georges Pond Road, Franklin.  GPS does okay getting you there, but GoogleMaps falls a bit short, although we’ve submitted an edit. Below is a quick map with the wrong location crossed out and the correct one starred and a corrected directions link (https://goo.gl/maps/WxwFujcgqLx).  Sweet Fern is the private road running just along-side the two lots we own.  Only one lot is under construction.  Parking is right by the site signage on Georges Pond along the road.  Landmark: There’s a long 1-story ranch with garage across the street behind a chain-link fence.
Take 182 out to Franklin, passing over the Downeast Sunrise Trail and turning onto Georges Pond across from the Veteran’s Club and ball field/@ the town cemetery, and then follow the directions in the link provided above.
Parking is limited/along the road, so carpooling is encouraged.  


2017.7 Periodic update collage photo v.2New construction work has now officially started on our project in Franklin built in partnership with Holly, Winter and Hunter Smith–with the site work begun, the stem-wall foundation footer and walls poured, and a shed and picnic table constructed by MDI High School delivered and tucked out of the way for future concrete slab pour delivery.  We’re expecting the plumbing to be roughed in by the middle of next month, followed by the slab pour, and then we can begin scheduling volunteers!

Please enjoy the photo collage shown above which features site progress pictures as well as some from MDI HS.  Sailor and boat builder, Steve Keblinsky (pictured sitting at the picnic table), who joined the MDI staff to teach a marine service technology course, also co-taught this year’s Habitat course with Wilton Jones at the school.

FOCUS ON SAFETY & EDUCATION (Note the new site signage above.)

HFHI SAFETY TRAINING: While we’ve been waiting for the build to gear-up, staff have been focusing on safety and continuing education work.  Our affiliate recently organized and attended a Competent Person Safety Training [CPST] down at the Portland Habitat affiliate. The CPST initiative was developed by Habitat International in late 2013 and is lead by specially trained Habitat RV Care-A-Vanners–providing in-depth safety training for individuals designated as the affiliate’s “Competent Person” as defined by the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  Both our Executive Director, Kelley, and our new Construction Manager, Jim Nichols, attended the multi-day training which covered the topics of stairways, ladders, scaffolds, electrical, trenching/excavation, and fall protection.  Jim also attended the annual in-house Hancock Co. Habitat staff education and safety training offered in the early spring and is looking forward to working with many of you when volunteer work begins in Franklin.  Jim comes to us with many years of experience in the residential construction industry, as well as previous Habitat experience, and will work part-time for Habitat [Fridays & Saturdays] while also maintaining his own construction business.  

MANUALS: In the meantime, we’re also editing a copy of construction & safety manuals from a large affiliate located in the Midwest/Great Lakes region for use with our area affiliate–both of which will be published at a later date as reference material online on our website with “quick start” guides to be featured from time-to-time on certain topics in these periodic updates.
ONLINE COURSES for VOLUNTEERS: We’re pleased to be able to offer online safety courses for our volunteers through HFHI’s affiliate insurance provider, Lockton Affinity. Follow the link provided and use W8NAEBTG when asked for the “Employee Access Code”: http://hfhaffiliateinsurance.com/2013/03/online-safety-training-courses/

We’d suggest taking the Volunteering On A Habitat for Humanity Job Site course as well as Fall Safety, Ladder Safety, Portable Power Tool Safety, Preventing Slips Trips and Falls, and Scaffolds – Construction courses–all listed under “Recommended Courses”.  Many courses are offered in both English and Spanish.
…And consider letting us know that you’ve completed a course (optional quiz at the end to earn a certificate) by entering your contact info. (name and email) and selecting “volunteer”“Maine”, and “Hancock County Habitat for Humanity” at the end of the quiz.
construction site form BANNER
CONSTRUCTION VOLUNTEER SKILLS & INTERESTS SURVEY FORM: In an effort to more quickly and easily communicate with our volunteers, not have to worry if we can read handwriting or if we’ve spilled coffee on your form (?!), and to build a database of volunteers with particular skills and interests, we’ve developed a GoogleDoc survey form which can be accessed here: https://goo.gl/forms/c5cCqNqhzncZF5OW2
This construction volunteer skills & interests survey does include a section where you can list your interest in participation through my personal favorite: hospitality–aka “baked goods” …Yes, truly, you don’t have to lift a hammer to help!

While no specific skills are required, just a willingness to learn, it’s sometimes helpful to know who we might call upon for specific tasks, to assist with supervising and/or teaching larger groups, or for hospitality. Hancock Co. Habitat provides an experienced Construction Manager or crew leader who will provide on-the-job training.  We welcome skilled volunteers and want to encourage those in the building trades to join us on site, but the majority of our volunteers who join us have few construction skills. Volunteers often remain with their local Habitat affiliate on a long-term basis and volunteer regularly in order to build skills. We will train you in all aspects of construction with the hope that you will continue to volunteer, and even perhaps share your skills with unskilled volunteers in the future.  Thank you for your service!



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Thank you to all of our annual Swing for Habitat Golf Tournament participants and supporters!  Please visit our “Recent Events and Media” page for the list of sponsoring businesses with hyperlinks to their web Facebook sites.  Please consider supporting these businesses with your patronage.



Volunteer Opportunities – 

Looking for a way to help out other than volunteering on a job site or at our fabulous ReStore? Please consider joining our Board of Directors.  To RSVP prior to a meeting, please email  Kelley at director.hchh@gmail.com .  


Meet Our 19th Partner Family –

Smith Family 20159.12-08Click here for Holly, Winter and Hunter’s story.  We hope that you’ll be involved in supporting their dream of a simple, decent place to call ‘home’, with building set to begin in the spring of 2017.


You don’t have to lift a hammer to help! Please join us in supporting our mission!