Come out to Brooklyn Park and build along other volunteers for a good cause! No construction skills are necessary. It is difficult to say exactly what tasks will be assigned for a specific day because it depends on what other groups have been able to do, what materials they have, and how many volunteers show up. Each build site has a Site Supervisor who will determine the jobs for the day and train volunteers on how to do them safely and correctly. Here are some details about the build day (hopefully this will answer some questions you may have! If you plan on coming, please remember to complete and fill out the Online waiver below!
On-Site Check In:
• We use an On-line Liability Waiver process. Volunteers are required to complete the On-line Waiver on our website, print it out and bring a copy each time they come on site.
• You will use this printed out On-line Waiver to check in on-site when you arrive in the morning. Staff are not able to print out On-line Waivers on site.
• Complete and print out the On-line Waiver at: https://volunteering.tchabitat.org/VMSWeb/index.php
-Our group is registered under “Other Groups” please click on that link
-Under the “Group Affiliation” space, you can choose “Meet Up Group” from the drop down menu
-Fill out all information and click “Register”
-Review the waiver and electronically sign it
-After signing the waiver, please print it and bring it with you on your volunteer day. It will be used as your check-in
• Please arrive just before 8:30am and please be on time! You are expected to stay the entire day from 8:30am-4pm. Volunteers are not able to volunteer for partial days. Please remember we are relying on you to show up if you sign up for the day.
• Dress for the weather – most work is done inside during the cold season but please come prepared to work outside also. We work regardless of rain, sunshine or snow.
• Dress for construction duties – wear a hat and clothes that you won't mind tearing or staining. Dress in layers so that you can add or subtract depending on weather conditions.
• Specific jobs will be determined each day upon arrival.
• Water will be available throughout the day but please bring a water bottle you can refill.
• A sturdy work boot or shoe is recommended. Wear work boots or sneakers that are slip resistant and fully enclose the foot. Open-toes and open heeled shoes are not allowed on site.
• You are the final judge of the safety of a situation. If you are asked to complete a task with which you are uncomfortable (i.e. climbing a ladder, carrying something which is too heavy for you, using a tool that you are unfamiliar with), please let your Site Supervisor know.
• Tools are available on site, but it can be helpful to bring your own. We suggest: a tool belt with a hammer, tape measure, utility knife, and pencil. Remember to label your tools.
• If you bring power tools, do not allow others to use them without the Site Supervisor's permission.
• Work gloves, goggles and hard hats are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.
Medical / Emergencies:
• Let the Site Supervisor know if you have any medical condition of which Habitat should be aware, such as specific allergies, asthma, heart problems, etc.
• A first-aid kit will be available on site as well as a telephone for emergency use.
• Should you need to be reached in case of an emergency, our office can forward any information to the work site. Please call [masked].
Thank you for helping provide families in the Twin Cities Metro Area with safe, stable and affordable homes!
MUTAHAR AHMED AND TEMIMA HUSSEIN Brooklyn Park Build 2013
A Long Time Coming
•Mutahar and Temima dreamed of a life in the U.S. since meeting in high school. They were married in 2005.
•In Ethiopia, both Temima and Mutahar achieved advanced clinical nursing degrees at the same college.
•Luck was on their side – they won the annual U.S. Department of State visa lottery in 2007! After a year of waiting, they finally arrived in the U.S.
•They’ve been in Brooklyn Park for almost 6 years and absolutely LOVE it!
•Mutahar works at St. Jude Medical in the assembly area.
•Temima is a full-time student and works part-time at Kaah Express.
•They smile all over their faces when they talk about their new HOME!
•Their Habitat home is under construction in Brooklyn Park and they have both put in many sweat equity hours already.
Sisters Etisaam and Elhaam
vThese cute little girls ask to visit their new home every day after their parents pick them up from daycare!
vEtisaam is 5 and wants to paint her room pink
vElhaam is 3 and wants to paint her room purple
vBoth girls love to paint and draw --maybe they can decorate their new bedroom walls all by themselves!
vCookies, fruit, and cake are some of their favorite foods!