FAQs About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth
Some Basics When Volunteering for Habitat.
- Wear clothing you won’t mind getting dirty. Also dress in layers so you can add or subtract from what you’re wearing since we work in all kinds of weather.
- Leave jewelry and other valuables at home or in your car. HFHGP is not responsible for any lost or stolen goods that you didn’t leave at home or lock safely in your car.
- If you smoke, please do not smoke at the build site.
- Bring a water bottle, especially on hot days in the summer.
- If driving to a volunteer activity destination, please have common courtesy for the neighboring homes (i.e. don’t block anyone’s driveway or walkway or park in any parking space that could belong to a business or private residence). Also, please avoid parking in front of mailboxes as well because it makes it difficult for mail deliverers to do their job.
Am I Required to Stay All Day?
Individual and Group Volunteers: We prefer to have volunteers stay for the amount of time/shift they sign-up for. The food coordinators plan the lunches based on the number of people that sign up to work a particular day.
Do I Need to Be There On Time?
Yes. At the start of each shift your site HFHGP Construction Manager will conduct a safety talk and hand out job assignments. If you are not present at the beginning of your shift time, you will not be familiar with what is going on and all of the volunteer jobs may be filled. *You MUST also sign-in when you arrive and sign-out when you leave; the Sign-In Sheets will either be at a designated area you will be directed to when you arrive or they will be set up in a designated area with the Volunteer Coordinator present as well to make sure everyone signs-in and out and has all their proper paperwork in place (i.e. Liability Waivers). The Sign-In Sheets are meant only to keep track of volunteer hours performed per project/per week/per month/per year and are recorded in our database so we can send reports to the State Office and (the Massachusetts Council on Volunteer Services) who determine whether or not and what amount of funding and grants we receive each year: this greatly affects our capacity to continue to help deserving families & build safe, quality, affordable homes; so accurate records for volunteer hours are emphatically important.
Do I Need Construction Experience?
No. There are professional and skilled individuals on site who will assist and guide you in construction tasks.
Filling Out a Liability Waiver
Please download the form by CLICKING HERE and bring it with you. Waivers are provided on site if it is forgotten. If you do not fill one out, you will not be allowed to participate.
How Long is the Waiver Good For?
The HFHGP Liability Waiver is good for one calendar year. A new form must be submitted for our records when you volunteer for each new calendar year. You will be reminded of this by the volunteer coordinator.
Who Should I Look For the Day I Volunteer?
Look for an Habitat for Humanity staff member, Crew Leader or a volunteer aide. The Volunteer Coordinator or person(s) at the Sign-In Table are who you need to go to first.
Still Have More Questions?
Please email our Volunteer Coordinator or phone our office at (508-866-4188) to learn more.