Our Current Project

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! 

The Campbell family — Derek & Kylie, Samantha and Thomas — moved into our Franklin build project in the early spring. While we can’t gather to mark the milestone, we do raise our voices and hands in celebration with the family!  

 

 
FOCUS ON SAFETY & EDUCATION

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. 

MANUALS: 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. Follow the link provided and use W8NAEBTG when asked for the “Employee Access Code”: 
 
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 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!