Volunteer Safety


For health & safety reasons, we’re requiring self-attestation of full vaccination + masking onsite [indoors and out] regardless of vaccination status. We’ve developed this policy because: our organization works with vulnerable populations; we value the health and safety of our participants & supporters and that of the wider community; and, we operate with only has one 3/4-time employee + an Independent Contractor who works with us part-time to supervise our jobsite [we don’t have a deep bench if someone is out.]

We’ve also been authorized to share AN IMPORTANT, SPECIAL REMINDER with volunteers and homeowners so that they can assess their own risks in deciding whether or not to come out to the site. [We will accommodate homeowner concerns when it comes to sweat equity completion alternatives, realizing that we’re in challenging times.]:

We believe that our PT Construction Manager, David, is one of the more self-aware and compliant people around because he has special first-hand knowledge of the issues surrounding the COVID virus. [Shared with David’s permission:] His wife works in pulmonary care at an area hospital and his daughter [not a household member] works in infectious disease control. While this makes him more cautious than many, it also does mean that he potentially has some higher exposure risk factors due to his wife’s work in the healthcare field. […This is true no matter how good the precautions are which are taken at our area hospitals — whom we salute for their care of the community! Thank you!!!]

It seemed important to put this in writing so that you can consider how David’s daily risk factors might impact your decision to come out to participate in site activities. Please remember that all such participation is voluntary but is also “at your own risk” as the below site signage indicates.

Within the bounds of confidentiality, we’d be happy to discuss any concerns with you.

Annual Adult General Liability & COVID Waivers must be signed prior to volunteering along with our COVID Supplemental information document — all of which can be found by clicking here.

Separate waivers are required for minors who wish to volunteer, including parental/guardian permissions.

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!


HFHI SAFETY TRAINING: Staff at every Habitat affiliate take part in safety training and continuing education work.  The Competent Person Safety Training [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).  With the advent of COVID, training has moved virtual–covering the topics of stairways, ladders, scaffolds, electrical, trenching/excavation, and fall protection.