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Welcome Back Volunteers!

Jared Laabs
Posted by Jared Laabs on 9:30 AM on June 17, 2021

Since pausing most volunteering opportunities in 2020, small teams of regular crew volunteers have continued our work alongside staff and AmeriCorps members. Thanks to them, homes are being finished and ReStore Outlets continue to operate. If you were one of those people, THANK YOU for your persistence and dedication!

As more of our neighbors receive the COVID-19 vaccine and community spread seems to be dwindling, we're excited to welcome back volunteers with continued safety protocols.

Starting June 28, 2021, we welcome back volunteers!

"Let's Build" text next to an image of a blueprint and a women using a hammer on a build site.

Safety is still our priority

We will continue many of our safety policies and procedures to keep everyone safe. This means masks are required for unvaccinated people at all times, and for vaccinated people when social distancing is not possible. More details below. Updates will be posted on Coronavirus Response page.

Volunteer safety highlights

  • Shorter days. Sites are open 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. to allow more time for deep cleaning.
  • Smaller crews. To allow space for social distancing on site, we’ve reduced our maximum number of volunteers. Depending on the project, there will be a maximum of 8 to 12 volunteers on site at any time.
  • Mask requirements. Masks are encouraged, but optional, for fully vaccinated volunteers, AmeriCorps members, and staff. If social distancing is not possible, masks are required. Masks are required for unvaccinated volunteers, AmeriCorps members, and staff.
  • Wash hands. Handwashing stations are on all sites. You’re encouraged to wash hands often and avoid sharing tools.
  • Safe and sanitized. We continue our increased safety and cleaning measures, including social distancing.

Expectations for persons exposed to, or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19

STAY AT HOME!

No person(s) may visit any Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (TCHFH) property who, within the last 14 days, has experienced any of the following symptoms (personally, or within their household):

  • Fever (100.4°F or greater)
  • Persistent Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Chills
  • Muscle Pain
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • New Loss of Smell or Taste

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, stay at home regardless of whether you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are unable to be tested. If you have any questions, or if you would like any clarification on what meets the above criteria, please contact us before your arrival.

If symptoms appear while on site or after a day on site

  1. Immediately return home and contact your health care provider as appropriate.
  2. Notify your Twin Cities Habitat contact and site supervisor that you are experiencing symptoms.
  3. Volunteer Management will ask who you have been in close contact with in the past two weeks.
  4. Volunteer Management or your site supervisor will alert those who were in close contact.
  5. Your health status will remain confidential.
  6. Site may be shut down on short notice in accordance with Safety Policy.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Masks are encouraged, but optional, for fully vaccinated volunteers, AmeriCorps members, and staff. If social distancing is not possible, masks are required.
  • Masks are required for unvaccinated volunteers, AmeriCorps members, and staff.
  • Please bring your own mask to site. If you are unable to do this, please reach out to your site supervisor so they can assist you.

Distancing

  • We will attempt to maintain at least six (6) feet between individuals to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
    • Some construction activities require closer than six (6) feet of distance (framing, scaffold erection and deconstruction, sheetrock, exterior insulation, weather barrier, window and door installation, siding, flooring and cabinet install). These activities will be present throughout the build.
    • Masks are not a substitute for distancing.
  • There will be a maximum of 8-12 volunteers permitted on site at a time, depending on location or build type.
  • Each person should use their own set of tools (hand tools, power tools, ladders, power cords, etc.) and materials (screws, nails, etc.) during the course of work where possible.
  • Habitat will provide all necessary tools, but you are encouraged to bring your own hand tools if you have them.
  • Work on separate floors or areas when possible while working on the interior of a home.
  • Work on separate parts of the house where possible while working on the exterior of a home.

Stay safe while volunteering

  • Wash hands with soap and water frequently for at least 20 seconds.
    • Habitat will provide adequate handwashing stations at all sites, including those without running water.
    • Hand sanitizer is recommended if handwashing is not available.
  • Minimize contact with common surfaces (door handles, etc.)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover all coughs and sneezes with your elbow.
  • In all instances, a maintain at least a six (6)-foot distance between people.

Additional sanitation

  • Site staff will sanitize hard surfaces and all tools on site after each work shift.
  • ReStore staff will clean and sanitize common areas, bathrooms, carts, and hard top surfaces on a regular basis (start, mid-day, end of day) and as needed. More thorough cleaning will take place during non-access hours.

We've outlined all of our volunteer guidelines in the below PDF documents. If you have any further questions, please contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@tchabitat.org or 612-305-7114.

Next Steps

Before you volunteer, we ask that you watch our safety webinar which covers many of the items listed above. Once you've done that, sign up for a volunteer day using our scheduling tool, Volunteer Hub!

Watch our safety webinar


We can’t wait to see you out on site!

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