Volunteer Update

After much preparation, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity has begun returning volunteers to service on our build sites and in our ReStores. Our number one priority is the safety of all those involved, so we have implemented strict safety measures and an incremental approach to bringing our dedicated volunteers back on board. Staff members have effectively tested safety procedures in preparation for volunteers’ return, and are continuing to adapt based on the latest guidelines. The need for safe, affordable housing has only been amplified by this pandemic and we’re immensely grateful to all of those individuals who’ve already shown interest in getting back to work. 

As we’ve phased volunteers back into roles throughout the organization, required safety procedures include the mandatory use of masks, a limit on the number of volunteers per site, daily wellness checks, and social distancing practices. At this time, we are not allowing minors to volunteer in-person.

Click here for a complete list of our Construction COVID safety protocols.

Our ReStores continue to welcome back volunteers under COVID safety protocols. In opening up to the public, our ReStores have enacted a mandatory mask policy for ALL PATRONS in-store including shoppers, volunteers and staff. We’ve also invested in curbside pickup with online shopping to promote social distancing.

Click here for a complete list of our ReStore COVID safety protocols.

With understandably fewer volunteers than usual, our ReStores are in need of more help. If you’re eager to serve and are not at high-risk, we would love to have your assistance, even if on a temporary basis! If you’re interested in volunteering (immediately or temporarily) at a ReStore please contact Nichali at nciaccio@milwaukeerestore.org

Our  Deconstruction Services and property remodeling teams are also resuming volunteering under safety protocols consistent with the rest of the organization.

Group volunteers are an integral part of our organization and we are constantly adapting to prioritize their safe return. This year will look decidedly different than past years, with the number of groups per day and the size of the groups being limited. Compliance to the safety measures, along with an overall decline in new COVID-19 cases in the community, will determine our ability to bring more volunteer groups back throughout the build season. No action is needed if you are currently on the list to receive group volunteer dates. New groups for both the ReStore and construction can express interest via our website at https://milwaukeehabitat.org/volunteer/volunteer-now/.  Priority scheduling will be offered to our partners based on their sponsorship level.

If you have questions, concerns, or would like to reschedule your build site opportunity please contact Beth Van Gorp at bvangorp@milwaukeehabitat.org.