Volunteer Construction Work
The archdiocese discourages the use of volunteers to perform construction work on archdiocesan properties because of the risk of injury, the liability exposure, and the
lack of warranty. If a volunteer becomes injured, medical costs can well offset or even exceed the cost of paying a qualified and insured contractor to do the work. To guarantee proper insurance coverage, a licensed contractor must supervise any volunteer performing a service that would normally require a license if the volunteer were to be paid. These services include but are not limited to construction, repair work, and activities to fulfill service hour commitments.
Volunteers should not:
Work below ground level, such as underground plumbing, trenching, or excavating
Perform roof repairs
Use ladders, scaffolding, platforms, or lifts
Perform electrical repairs
Use power tools
Perform strenuous labor, lifting, or hoisting
environmental hazards, such as asbestos, lead-based paint, and mold
Volunteers should be asked to sign the Volunteer Agreement (English version and
Spanish version) before beginning any work. See
Volunteers for additional information regarding volunteers.