Helping Out at Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity Thunder Bay
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THUNDER BAY – As you probably already know, Habitat for Humanity Thunder Bay builds simple, decent homes in partnership with our families, donors and volunteers, like yourselves. The home is not lavish, but well-built and affordable for families. This year we are building a duplex on 677 Hodder Ave with our Build Coordinator, Sylvain Spenard. Each home is 1000 sq. ft. with three bedrooms, 1 bathroom and a full basement.

We are currently working on drywall, and mostly indoor tasks. Depending on the date that works best for your group, I will let you know what the scheduled task is.

We are building Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 4pm. We have fairly open availability, so if you have a date or two in mind I am sure we can make it work.

Every one participating will need to review and complete the following information:

We require all volunteers to complete the application and watch our Build Safety video. Here are the steps and links:

1) Volunteer Application

http://habitattbay.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/app_form_WEB.pdf

2) Volunteer Handbook; print & sign page 21

http://habitattbay.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/volunteer_handbook_WEB.pdf

3) Safety, Health & Environment; print & complete page 18-19

http://habitattbay.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/SHE_Package_Restore_WEB.pdf

4) Watch Build Safety

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P8J7IHrl4o&feature=youtu.be

Completed applications can be dropped off at 660 Squier St, faxed to (807)346-4401 or emailed to volunteer@habitattbay.com. If you have any concerns or questions about the application please feel free to contact me anytime Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 4:30.

Safety is paramount on Habitat build sites and that begins with proper apparel. The dress code is:

CSA approved steel toed boots (If you do not have any please contact me ahead of time with your size so I can have them on the build site for you)

Long pants – no shorts!

Clothing should be appropriate to ensure safety

Dress according to the weather (layers are best)

HFHTB will provide a build shirt and all other Personal Protective Equipment (ie. Hard hat, gloves)

On your build day, arrive at the site for 9am. If you have not already, submitted your application please do so immediately when you arrive to either myself, or Sylvain. It is also important to sign in (sheet located in the build trailer) so we can know who is on the site at all times. After everyone has their boots and build shirt on Sylvain will have a ‘tailgate’ safety session with everyone and go over what you will be working on for the day.

The city has given us permission to part on the street, so feel free to park near the build site. We just ask you to be considerate of neighbors.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. We are looking forward to building with you!

Sincerely,

Jessica Gallagher, Volunteer Coordinator