Last year, over 300 Winter Warriors volunteered with Twin Cities Habitat between December and February. And now it’s time for you to join the charge!
“We sometimes see a small drop in volunteers during winter months,” says Volunteer Coordinator and AmeriCorps member, Meg Blyler. That’s why the volunteer team created a Winter Warrior campaign in 2017.
So, what is a Winter Warrior you ask?
It’s anyone that volunteers three times between December 1 and February 29. You can volunteer at a build site, at the ReStore, or even at the Habitat office! You can also easily become a Winter Warrior by gathering five friends or family members for a one-time volunteer day.
Because affordable housing doesn’t take snow days, Winter Warrior volunteers receive a limited-edition pair of Winter Warrior mittens for their efforts. “It’s become a badge of honor,” says Anne Elliott-Thul, Manager of Volunteer and Constituent Programs. “We don’t give away these mittens to anyone. They are earned and worn with pride!”
Winter Warriors can expect many different types of jobs and it’s not always outside in the cold. Much of the work that needs to be done this time of year is finishing work, like interior painting under a warm roof and exterior walls. Those volunteering at the ReStore also have stable conditions inside, unless you are accepting donations and loading/unloading items into people’s vehicles. No matter how you may choose to volunteer this season, we hope you join our fight to make home a reality for everyone!
Here’s how to become a Winter Warrior:
- Sign up to volunteer at least three times or organize a team of five
- Sign in when you arrive to the site
- Once you’ve reached Winter Warrior status, we’ll send you an email on how you may receive your badge of honor (a pair of Winter Warrior mittens).
- Show them off with pride and make it your new holiday tradition!