A Typical Day Onsite

1. Sign-in: At the beginning and end of each shift, volunteers

   sign into an onsite record book.  This helps us to know who

   is working, but also how many total volunteer hours have

   been contributed.  Many critical housing grants require this

   information.  Liability Waivers, found        , are required of

   all volunteers once per calendar year. Blank forms are also

   kept with the sign-in book.   


2. Gather: After all have signed in, we gather together to talk.


          1. Introductions     

                        a. Site Supervisors     

                        b. Partner Family

                        c. Volunteers

          2. Orient Workers

                        a. Quick overview of Habitat     

                        b. The worksite

                        c. Work Breaks and facilities

          3. Game-Plan                                                                             a. Assign tasks for the day    

                        b. Discuss specific safety concerns



3. Build: Teams and individuals with assigned tasks start

    building!  Tasks vary from day to day, but there is usually

    something for every skill level.  If there's something you’d

    like to learn how to do, we’ll show you.


4. Break: Physical work requires periodic rest to maintain a

    focus on safety and to avoid uncomfortable body strains.   

    A happy and healthy volunteer is a returning volunteer! 

    On a typical Saturday workday, drinks and food will be provided.      We break at 10:00 a.m. for snacks and a short Christian                   devotional and lunch at noon. 

5. Wrap-up: As each shift ends, workers clean up the

    worksite, gather and store all tools, and secure everything

    before leaving so the next crew can quickly pick up where

    the prior group left off. We usually huddle one last time to

    review our progress and say thank you to our many valued



Most of All FUN!



Getting Ready for Your Workday:


What to Wear:  

            Solid toe shoes, no sandals permitted

            Long pants

            Layers if weather is cool

            Safety Glasses, if you prefer your own

            Work gloves

            Light colors and sunscreen if sunny



What to Bring:    

             Waiver of Liability Form

                   - Only required once per calendar year

             Your Favorite Tools

                   - Everything you need will be provided, but 

                      some prefer to use their own tools

             Water Bottle, if you prefer your own

                    - Water is provided on all worksites

             Your Camera 

                    - Please feel free to share your  

                      Experience with friends on social media 


How to Prepare:

            View Construction Safety and How-To training

                 materials found 

            Check the weather and dress accordingly

            Contact the Habitat office with questions:

                  515-432-1168 or director@heartofiowahabitat.org



We look forward to working with you in providing housing solutions for our local partner families.



Heart of Iowa Habitat for Humanity is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization. 

© 2015 by Heart of Iowa Habitat for Humanity

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