Want to make an impact AND get valuable on-site job experience? Come create community-wide change with us!
As a member with us you can expect to get direct, hands-on experience with a widely-known, reputable non-profit, grow your professional, leadership, and personal skills, and be a part of a dedicated team that eagerly awaits to support and encourage your unique contributions. At Lancaster Lebanon Habitat we have the great pleasure of working directly with potential and future homeowners, volunteers and community members in the pursuit of affordable housing!
This AmeriCorps member will support the construction, rehabilitation and repair of 10 homes in both Lancaster and Lebanon Counties. In their daily role, this member will help manage and develop groups of skilled and unskilled volunteers as well as homeowner families while they do construction on our Habitat homes.
Responsibilities of the position:
• Assist with hands-on construction tasks including, but not limited to, demolition, site prep, framing, insulation, drywall, flooring, roofing, finish carpentry and landscaping. Projects may include new and gut rehab homes as well as A Brush with Kindness, critical home repair and weatherization projects.
• Lead small groups of volunteers, ensuring that they are well-employed while on the work sites.
• Use volunteer management techniques to facilitate positive experiences for volunteers and homeowner families working on site. Volunteer management duties may include greeting and introductions at the start of the day, handling check-in and checkout, updating online volunteer profiles, debriefing at the end of the day, helping volunteers connect to one another, group teambuilding, volunteer appreciation and pictures of volunteers and construction progress.
• Collaborate with construction staff to identify skilled, enthusiastic volunteers, cultivating their involvement in Habitat’s work (i.e. encourage them to considering being trained as regular site leaders and/or returning volunteers).
• Maintain site safety by modeling best practices and guidelines, volunteer education and site monitoring. Attend safety trainings with construction staff.
• Provide onsite orientations, Lunch and Learn trainings, and safety talks to groups of volunteers and homeowner families.
• Help with materials management on site and at the affiliate warehouse and storage trailers. Pick up and organize materials needed for projects.
• Set up and cleanup project sites.
• Maintain site logs for each project completed for supervisor to assess progress and next steps.
• Participate in regular planning and debriefing meetings as needed.
• On occasion, member may participate in larger community projects, such as Rock the Block event, lot cleanups, community gardens, etc.
• Attend and participate in select affiliate events (ex. home dedications); responsibilities may include set up, clean up and engaging with attendees, informing them about the AmeriCorps program, our affiliate’s mission, Neighborhood Revitalization programming, and how to become a volunteer or homeowner family.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Housing, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
In addition to receiving a monthly living allowance and an educational award of $6,095 (upon completion of service term), our members may also have the opportunity to live in reduced or rent-free housing right in the heart of Lancaster city! Lancaster city is full of amazing restaurants and cafes, farm-fresh goods, art galleries, shops, entertainment and tons of live events - and about 2 hours from multiple major cities (Philadelphia, Baltimore, NYC and D.C.)! So it's an exciting place to spend a year!
Our members also receive a monthly gas card for all position-related travel expenses. Opportunities for professional and personal development as well as position-specific trainings are available throughout the year.
Members will also participate in a weeklong national conference called Build-a-Thon, where members will build and serve alongside all of Habitat's 2019-2020 AmeriCorps members (ie: 100s of fellow AmeriCorps members).
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
• Valid Driver’s License and ability to meet host site’s insurance requirements
• Knowledge of, and willingness to promote, the mission and activities of Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps
• Strong verbal communication skills
• Ability to work with a diverse group of people
• Experience working as a member of a team
• Experience working with volunteers or teaching/group facilitation experience
• Previous construction/ building experience
• Previous construction/ building experience
• Knowledge of, and experience with, power tools
• Basic experience with Microsoft Word/Excel
• Knowledge of community development practices
• A second language is highly desirable, with preferred language being Spanish
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check