Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna was able to open its build sites to volunteers earlier in June for the first time since the pandemic closed them over a year ago
“We are happy volunteers are coming back,” said John Lanigan, volunteer coordinator.
No experience is necessary to help, and all tools and safety equipment are provided, Lanigan said. Volunteers are asked to bring their own lunch and water.
“Construction supervisors will teach you everything you need to know,” Lanigan said.
Individuals and groups of no more than 10 are asked to register in advance so the build sites can be prepared. Volunteers must be age 16 or older.
“We have a good mix of different types of folks,” said Lanigan, as companies, school groups and individuals have helped build in the past.
Traditionally offered on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, build sites are currently open to volunteers only on Fridays and Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“We wanted to keep the number of people on a build site down,” Lanigan said. “We ask everyone to bring a mask just in case. We are following CDC guidelines.”
The past year, Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna has seen an increase in its overall budget as it has had to rely on contractors to complete homes, Lanigan said, causing home costs to rise. Typically, Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna completes eight to 10 homes a year. This year, it hopes to complete five homes.
“There was a concern that having been closed a year, would people come back,” Lanigan said. “We have received overwhelming support from the community. It has been great.”