Seeking to put God’s love into action, Hancock County Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
New 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.
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.
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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
Meet Our 19th Partner Family –
Click 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.