In Support of Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio
Serving Stark, Carroll, Tuscarawas, Harrison, and Jefferson Counties, Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio is driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live. People partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. To learn more, visit habitateco.org.
What to Expect: Volunteering with Habitat
Welcome—thank you for volunteering with Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio! At Habitat, we believe everyone deserves a decent, affordable place to call home. With your help, we can build homes, communities, and hope. Here are some important next steps and things to know about your upcoming volunteer day. Please read this entire guide carefully.
What can I expect during a typical work day?
- Before Volunteering — If you are not feeling well for any reason, please stay home and call 330-312-3419 to cancel. Please leave a message if no one answers.
- 8:00 to 8:15 a.m. — Worksite check-in is from 8 to 8:15 a.m. Please wait in your car if you arrive at the worksite before then.
- 8:15 a.m. — Welcome and safety talk.
- 8:30 a.m. — The workday begins.
- 10:00 a.m. — We'll take a short break for devotion and snacks.
- 12:00 p.m. — Lunch break.
- 2:30 p.m. —The workday ends. Based on the speed of volunteers, the workday may end earlier.
What should I wear?
- Closed-toe shoes are required and sandals are not permitted. You should wear appropriate clothing for the weather and the task. You could get hot, cold, sweaty, dirty, dusty, and your clothes may get torn or stained. If your task is roofing, you must wear long-sleeved shirts and pants. No matter what, shirts must be worn at all times.
What should I bring?
Worksite Courtesy and Safety
- Water or Coffee — There will be water provided on the site, but bringing your own water is always a good idea. It is very important to stay hydrated on hot summer days. Please feel free to bring additional beverages with you to the worksite, such as coffee or electrolyte replenishing drinks.
- Hat and Sunscreen — If you will be working outside, you’ll need to protect your neck and face from sunburn. Bring a hat and/or sunscreen.
- Bandana — A bandana is great for wiping sweat from your face or soaking in water to help cool you down.
- Personal Tools — Habitat will provide all volunteers with their own set of personal hand tools to use for the day to limit sharing equipment. However, feel free to bring your own tools such as a tool belt, gloves, hammer, tape measure, carpenter’s pencil, utility knife, or speed square. Make sure to label all your tools and keep them with you at all times. Please do not bring power tools.
- A Positive Attitude — Plan on having fun while putting in a hard day’s work. Remember why you’re volunteering: to build a quality home with a hardworking family in need.
- Smoking — There is no smoking on any Habitat volunteer site. If you must take a smoking break, please step away from the site.
- Safety First— We’re not in a hurry. We’ll take the appropriate time we need to build the house as carefully as if it were our own, with the best craftsmanship possible, and in compliance with all applicable codes. We will be encouraging our volunteers to take breaks as needed throughout the day to ensure the safety and health of everyone on site.
- Cleanliness — Handwashing stations and hand sanitizer will be provided.
- Pay Attention — The best way to ensure safety for all workers is to be aware of your surroundings, at all times. You need to look out for your fellow volunteers like they are looking out for you. If you see a potentially dangerous situation, let the Project Manager know immediately. It’s also important to pay attention to the safety talk given at the beginning of your work day.
- Protect Yourself — It is for your safety to wear any safety equipment provided to you by Habitat. This will depend on the scope of work for the day. You may be required to wear eye protection and a hard hat. If you have your own hard hat, safety glasses, or mask, feel free to bring them with you. Pants and long-sleeved shirts are necessary when insulating. If working outside, remember to protect yourself from the sun.
- Follow the Project Manager — On each job site, the Project Manager is in charge. There may be alternative ways to perform a specific task, but we do things the Habitat way for good reason. Once the Project Manager makes a decision, please follow his/her directions.
- Respect — Please show respect to the building and environment with which you are working. Please take care of the tools and return them to the proper place when finished. We do our best to conserve building materials and we ask that you do the same. Respect your fellow volunteers. Work together, especially when cleaning up for the day, picking up trash, and securing materials and tools.
- Learn — Most people that volunteer with Habitat are learning on the job. It's a great experience when you accomplish something new and are able to teach someone else. Take in as much as you can during your volunteer experience. You’ll be amazed at the new things you’ll learn!
Let us help! If there’s something you’re wondering about that we haven’t covered, give our team a call at 330-915-5888
. Thank you
for building homes, communities, and hope with Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio!