From Spring 2014 newsletter
After an unusually cold, tough winter, Rockford Habitat for Humanity is preparing to gear up for a new season of construction. As always, Habitat appreciates the dedicated volunteers who make these projects possible. In November, a home was purchased for $30,000 in the same neighborhood as 75 Habitat homes. The goal was to prevent the property from being purchased by an absentee landlord. To date, RAHFH has spent $5,000 to rehab the property. The home is expected to be ready in May to go to a new family.
Construction Volunteer FAQ
When do we start building?
We usually begin building the 1st Saturday in May. Framing day will be based on spring thaw. Please call the office at 815-636-4573 or check the website calendar at rockfordhabitat.org for the date.
What time and days do you build?
Our schedule is simple. Every Saturday, beginning in May, we work from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 4 p.m. Stay an hour or stay a day. We are flexible!
Do you only work on Saturdays?
Construction will also take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please call the Habitat office for specific details about where crews will be working, as some houses may not be active.
Do I have to be a skilled builder?
Construction or handyman experience is helpful, but not required! Bring your friends; skilled, or wanting to learn. They will enjoy the chance to help build the foundation for a better life.
Do I need to register?
Yes. Please call the Habitat office at 815-636-4573 to let us know when you plan to volunteer. When you arrive on the site, you will need to check-in at the registration tent. There you will receive a short orientation, safety review, and be required to complete and sign a waiver form. You will be assigned to a house based on skills and available work, unless you specifically request an address.
What do I wear? I love my flip-flops.
Please make sure to dress appropriately for a construction site: good work shoes, comfortable clothes – but not too loose fitting, gloves if you have them. Absolutely no open-toed shoes of any kind.
My daughter is 16 years old. Can she help?
Our age policy states that any volunteer who is 16 years of age and less than years of age must have a waiver completed by their legal guardian. This can be found at our website or by calling the office at 815-636-4573. Due to our insurance coverage, no one under 16 years of age can volunteer on the construction site.
Can I bring my own tools?
Many volunteers bring their tool belts. If you do, please label or keep a close eye on your tools. Habitat provides tools, gloves, safety glasses, and hard hats for everyone. A volunteer may mistake your drill for one from the Habitat trailer.
Can I bring a group of friends to help?
Certainly. Please call the office to schedule your group. This will help us provide the appropriate number of lunches and make sure there is enough work/tools to keep all volunteers busy that particular day. The number is 815-636-4573.
Building houses makes me hungry. Do I bring a lunch?
No need, thanks to the generosity of local churches and organizations. Groups donate sack lunches on Saturdays. Habitat provides a beverage. Unfortunately, lunch is not provided for the Tuesday/Thursday work crew.
Habitat Home Tour & Friend-raiser June 29
You are invited to the Habitat Home Tour & Friend-raiser Friday, June 20, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at 2335 18th Ave., Rockford. Lunch is included. Come see a Habitat home in progress and learn more about our program, our partners, our volunteers, and our homeowners. You will walk through the home and tangibly see what simple, decent, affordable housing can be. What a great way to connect to why we do what we do!
Posted April 30, 2014