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VOLUNTEER MANUAL LAFAYETTE HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Welcome Thank you for your interest in volunteering! Lafayette Habitat for Humanity relies on volunteers like you to help families in need realize the dream of owning a home. Volunteers are vital to the success of our organization – providing expertise, leadership, labor and support on our construction sites,
as well as in our office, and ReStore.
Partner Families, sponsor groups, and a great many kind, talented and generous individuals work together, providing low- income working families with new hope in the form of safe, decent, energy efficient, affordable housing, building nearly 110 homes over the last 25 years.
This manual has been designed to assist you in learning about our organization, what volunteer opportunities are available, and our policies and procedures with regard to volunteering. Our mission is to make substandard and poverty housing socially, politically, and religiously unacceptable in today’s world. It is our hope that you will join us in this mission and that your efforts with Habitat for Humanity will prove to be enjoyable
enlightening, and personally fulfilling.
Please familiarize yourself with the contents of this manual. We also encourage you to visit our website at www.habitatlafayette.org to learn more about our work.
Our Mission Statement Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is a nonprofit,
ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to
eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the
world and to make decent shelter a matter of
conscience and action. Through volunteer labor and
donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and
rehabilitates safe, ecent, energy efficient homes with
the help of homeowner (partner) families.
General Volunteer Guidelines
AGE REQUIREMENTS • You must be at least 16 years of age to volunteer in our ReStore
• You must be at least 16 years of age to volunteer on an active construction job-site
• Ages 16-17: May be present on an active construction site, but will have some limitations
• Ages 18+: May participate in any construction project
• For groups of volunteers under 18, the ratio of adults to minors registered must be 1 adult for every 3 minors
SIGNING IN/SIGNING OUT All volunteers must sign-in as soon as they arrive
at their scheduled volunteer experience. A daily
sign-in sheet or kiosk is available at all home
building sites and at the ReStore.
YOUTH REGISTRATION AND LIABILITY WAIVER
All volunteers must complete a Volunteer
Registration Form and Liability Waiver prior to volunteering.
If the volunteer is either 16 or 17, a parent or legal guardian must also sign the liability waiver. Volunteers that work with Habitat on an ongoing basis must sign their liability waiver annually, and update the Volunteer Team of any data changes (such as mailing address, phone number, email, emergency contact person, etc.).
SCHEDULING VOLUNTEER DAYS
Please register your shift online at habitatlafayette.org/give-time. If you do not have internet access, you may contact
the Habitat office at 337-261-5041 at least one week before you would like to volunteer. The volunteer supervisor at either site will consult the schedule and contact you to confirm the volunteer opportunity.
ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY
When scheduled to volunteer with Habitat for
Humanity, it is important that you arrive on time
and remain until the end of the scheduled shift.
All volunteers must commit to an entire shift
either at the site or ReStore. If you cannot be present for a scheduled volunteer day, please
cancel via Cervis ahead of time to let us know at least 24 hours in advance.
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All volunteers are required to arrange for their own transportation to their scheduled volunteer site. Habitat for Humanity does not provide transportation for volunteers.
Parking is allowed along the street alongside our site. The construction site address will be e-mailed to you prior to the start of your shift.
· Please park only on our side of the street. · Be mindful of not parking opposite of any driveways. · Do not leave valuables in your vehicles. Please leave them at home.
Our Lafayette Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at: 3123 1/2 Johnston Street Lafayette, LA 70503
You can park in the back of the ReStore, near the donation bay.
DRESS CODE Everyone is expected to dress appropriately for the job they are performing. Basic hygiene applies to all volunteer positions, and the following general clothing guidelines apply:
• Clothing should be laundered and not ragged or torn. • Must wear closed toe shoes • Undergarments should be covered with clothing. • Pants are required for ReStore volunteers • Avoid any clothing with disturbing messages or pictures that could be viewed by others as offensive. • Intentionally provocative clothing is prohibited.
SAFETY INFORMATION Habitat volunteers share the responsibility for establishing and maintaining a safe work environment and are expected to follow safety rules and to exercise caution in all activities. If a volunteer does not comply with Lafayette Habitat safety procedures, they may be asked to leave the site. Volunteers are also asked to report any unsafe conditions to the site leader right away. Any accident that results in injury - regardless of how insignificant - must also be reported immediately. Lafayette Habitat does have several first aid kits located in various areas at the construction sites and at the ReStore and ample Injury and Incident reports forms as well. Please see the Habitat Staff or volunteer site leader for exact locations. If an accident or injury does occur and you require medical assistance, you will be transported to the nearest hospital, Lafayette General, or to your preferred medical institution. If an ambulance is needed, you will be transported to Lafayette General Medical Center.
Volunteers of Lafayette Habitat are required to be physically, emotionally, and mentally capable of performing the required work, free from the presence of illegal drugs, alcohol, or substances that diminish or impair their ability to perform the job. Any volunteer found under the influence of an illegal drug, abusing prescription drugs, or in possession of, using, selling, trading, or offering for sale illegal drugs or alcohol on affiliate property, on a worksite, or in an affiliate vehicle will be asked to leave the site and may be subject to termination of their role with Lafayette Habitat.
In keeping with Lafayette Habitat’s intent to provide a safe and healthy work environment, smoking is prohibited in the Lafayette office. At construction sites, smoking is prohibited inside the homes and must be done off-site. In recognition of federal law, any volunteer under the age of 18 is prohibited from smoking at any time on Lafayette Habitat property or in a Lafayette Habitat for Humanity vehicle.
COMMUNITY SERVICE Lafayette Habitat welcomes community service volunteers from civic groups, schools, community assistance programs, and those fulfilling court- orderedcommunity service hours. Lafayette Habitat does provide a form to the community service volunteer.
It is the community service volunteer’s responsibility to maintain an accurate time sheet and to ensure that time sheets are signed at the end of each service day by a Lafayette Habitat staff member.
Hours worked but not recorded or approved with signatures during the day of service cannot be counted.
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• Shorts must be longer than where your hand would fall when arms are at rest on the side of your body.
Code of Conduct
It is Lafayette Habitat for Humanity’s aim to enable people to work together to achieve Habitat’s mission by creating an environment that supports the diversity of people and their ideas. We are committed to supporting high standards of ethics in every aspect of our operation. We recognize that people work best when they know what is expected of them and, in turn, expect volunteers to follow rules of conduct that will protect the interests and safety of others. The following list provides some examples of conduct that may result in disciplinary action up to and including temporary suspension and/or immediate termination of volunteer activity:
• Theft or inappropriate removal or possession of Lafayette Habitat property • Falsification of documents • Volunteering under the influence of alcohol or drugs • Possession, distribution, sale, transfer, or use of alcoholic or illegal drugs on site, while volunteering, or while operating Lafayette Habitat-owned vehicles or equipment • Possession of dangerous or unauthorized materials such as explosives, firearms or weapons • Fighting or threatening violence at the workplace • Negligence or conduct leading to damage of property • Disrespectful or discriminatory conduct • Failure to follow a supervisor’s reasonable instructions • Violation of safety or health rules • Smoking in Lafayette Habitat buildings • Sexual or other har