Housing Rehabilitation Program Information Packet
Mailing address: Maine Seacoast Mission, PO Box 428, Cherryfield, Maine 04622
The Mission requests a donation of at least $175.00 per volunteer team member. Checks should be made payable to Maine Seacoast Mission, with “Housing Rehab Program” in the memo line. If you work for a company that matches your donations to non-profit organizations, a donation to the Mission’s Housing Rehab Program is eligible for a match. Our commitment to home owners is partly based on the number of volunteers we receive, so we cannot refund any deposits if your group cancels its reserved trip. Our commitments are based on your funding.
Skill level of your team
Each work group will have a ‘skilled’ crew leader (foreman) and a ‘safety coordinator’ responsible for each work site. When assigning work sites, it is a great help to know the various construction skills and level of expertise for each adult in your group. The ideal ratio of skilled to unskilled volunteers is 1:5 (one skilled volunteer to five unskilled volunteers) to maximize the quality of the experience for both the Mission group and the program. We also like to know what types of work you prefer and what types you do NOT prefer. Scott Shaw will contact you to discuss the group’s skill level and plan appropriately for your work week.
Volunteer team housing is provided at no additional cost to the group, and it includes a sleeping space, kitchen, and bathroom facilities. We cannot offer cots, beds, or bedding at this time. So we suggest you bring air mattresses or camp cots for your comfort. We have several housing options within our Downeast Campus in Cherryfield. The choice depends on the time of year and the size of your group.
All our facilities have fully-equipped kitchens. Volunteer groups are responsible for preparing their own meals. RV space and tenting areas are available and should be reserved with Coordinator Scott Shaw.
Suggested packing list
- Sleeping bag
- Air mattress, camp cot, or pad
- Warm sweater / fleece
- Rain gear
- Bathing suit
- Sun screen
- Bug repellent
- Work clothes
- Work gloves
- Safety glasses
- Safety shoes or closed-toe shoes
Although the Mission has tools available, it is helpful to bring the following tools:
- Paint brushes
- Screw guns
- Circular saw
- Reciprocating saw
- Ladders of any size
HOUSING REHABILITATION PROGRAM INSTRUCTIONS/APPLICATIONS FOR VOLUNTEER WORKERS GROUPS