Any given week, we might hear from a family in Hancock County who has an immediate need of a simple-decent place to live. We hope to be able to better address that need by building multiple homes each year, but at present we are only able to build one home a year or every two years. We have qualified and selected our 20th Partner for our build in Blue Hill, and look forward to seeing you on site when it is safe to do so again! [Details to follow.]
Please consider partnering with us on this project through a donation of in-kind goods or materials.
Celebrating with our 19th Partner, virtually!
HFHI SAFETY TRAINING: While we were waiting for our current 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). Two staffers attended the multi-day training which covered the topics of stairways, ladders, scaffolds, electrical, trenching/excavation, and fall protection.
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 a 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!