1. I’ve never held a hammer in my life, can I still work on site?
We welcome volunteers of ALL skill levels and we provide the training that you need! Be aware that construction is a physically demanding activity, and there are dangers associated with it. As such, we ask you to sign a waiver, found on our Safety/Forms page. Please bring this completed waiver to the site.
2. How old do I have to be to work on site?
For safety reasons, construction volunteers must be at least sixteen (16) years old. Sixteen and seventeen year olds are permitted on-site only if accompanied by an adult chaperon and must include a parent or guardian’s signature on their Release and Waiver of Liability Form. For every four 16 and 17 year old volunteers we ask that there is at least one adult chaperon responsible for them on site volunteering. Additionally, 16 and17 year olds are not allowed to operate any power tools, work or climb on a ladder, roof, or scaffolding, or participate in any other hazardous activity. There is no maximum age limit for volunteering with Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity, though we ask volunteers to keep in mind that construction work can be strenuous at times.
3. Where should I go and where should I park?
Directions to our construction sites are provided to those registered to volunteer, normally sent via e-mail. As our sites are typically in urban areas, parking is somewhat limited, and volunteers may need to drive a few blocks from the site to find open on-street parking. Carpooling is strongly recommended whenever possible.
4. What type of work will I be doing?
Volunteers work on nearly every facet of home construction, helping with dozens of tasks ranging from painting and tiling to framing and insulating. Volunteers do not need to have any prior experience in construction.
5. What should I wear?
Construction Sites: Wear work clothing, work boots or shoes with good soles (sneakers are not recommended, wear at your own risk), work gloves, a hat with a brim, such as a baseball cap, and a pencil. Bring your own work gloves and goggles, if you don’t want to wear used gloves or used goggles.
Please remember to wear appropriate clothing for the weather and task. You will get hot, sweaty, and dirty in the summertime and your clothes may tear or stain. During the winter months, dress in layers. Heat is not always available at the work site. Long pants are a must for roofing work and long sleeves can help protect you from the sun.
6. What should I bring?
Volunteers will get a morning break, as well as a lunch break, so they need to bring a lunch, drink and any snacks they may want. Additionally, volunteers are required to sign an Release & Waiver of Liability Form. We suggest that volunteers follow the weather report and bring things appropriate for the day – rain gear, sunscreen, insect repellent, hats, or extra layers of clothing may be useful things to have with you.