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,” say Volunteer Coordinator and AmeriCorps member, Shannon Twiss. 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 in between December 1 and February 28. From volunteering at the Habitat office, the ReStore, or even a construction site. 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 sick or snow days, Winter Warrior volunteers receive a limited-edition scarf 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 scarves 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!
Shannon (center) and her family were lucky enough to become Winter Warriors last year and plan to organize a mini-militia again this year. She found that the best holiday gift was spending time with loved ones doing something kind to others in need. Join people like Shannon and sign up today!
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 Winter Warrior scarf).
- Show it off with pride and make it your new holiday tradition!