We have all been anxiously awaiting the day that we felt comfortable inviting our volunteers—all of you—back to the jobsite. These are unprecedented times, and we’ve been cautious for the safety of everyone concerned. We’ve followed guidance from our federal, state and local leaders, SCDHEC, Habitat for Humanity International and others. And, we feel the time has come to welcome those who are ready, willing and able to get back to the business of serving local families in need of affordable housing. If you’re not ready yet, that’s okay too. There will be plenty of work in the coming months.
The calendar will open on Tuesday, May 26, to register for work starting on Tuesday, June 2. The work will be siding and building decks. We will be limiting our numbers to eight volunteers a day to start, so that we can spread out between the four houses currently under construction. Other procedures that will be in place:
- We’re adding two hand washing stations at the site so that volunteers can wash hands frequently. Hand sanitizer will also be available.
- Each volunteer must bring his or her own work gloves.
- Volunteers should avoid the dual use or sharing of tools. When necessary to share, tools should be sanitized prior to transferring to the new user. Wipes/sanitizer will be available. Volunteers may be asked at the end of the workday to help disinfect the tools and hard hats they used.
- One person will be designated to do cutting each day.
- We have a limited number of masks available and would greatly appreciate if volunteers who have their own masks would bring them.
- We will continue to provide water for volunteers. However, volunteers should bring their own snacks.
- We will have a COVID-19-specific waiver that will need to be signed weekly by all volunteers on the site. It will be available on the website to print out, sign and bring with you.
We’ve missed you and hope to see you soon.