To all of our Habitat-Spokane friends,
As each day brings more and more new reports of the spread and impact of the novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), we want to keep you informed about the actions we are taking in response to the situation. We are deeply committed to Habitat’s mission while taking reasonable measures to protect our staff, volunteers and the people we serve while ensuring operational continuity during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Habitat for Humanity-Spokane is taking a proactive stance on COVID-19. We are following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and additionally, we have established an internal COVID-19 plan that we will implement in response to this ongoing global health emergency.
Volunteers and Construction
We care deeply about our volunteers and the impact they make by helping us build homes. At this time and per recommendation by Habitat International, we will not be halting construction. We believe that continuing to build for those who need an affordable place to live (now more than ever) is the right thing to do. However, to ensure we are doing our part in keeping exposure minimal, our volunteer shifts will be limited to smaller groups per job site. We plan on re-opening our Hope Meadows build site so we can have two small crews going. When possible, and weather permitting, we will keep all work to the outside of the homes. All tools used on the job sites will require the use of gloves (volunteers will be asked to bring their own gloves) and individuals will be assigned their own set of tools to use throughout their shift. Should tools need to be shared, disinfecting wipes will be used prior to handover. All tools will also be disinfected daily after use.
Volunteers and the Habitat-Store
We love our volunteers that keep the Habitat-Spokane Store running efficiently. We are following the CDC guidelines closely and as of right now, the Store is going to operate as normal. We have posted strict guidelines to hand washing and have provided hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes at every checkout stand and next to every phone. Employees and volunteers are required to stay home if they are feeling unwell. Should cases of COVID-19 start to arise in Spokane, we will re-evaluate our operations and rest-assured, we will communicate our strategies moving forward.
We continue to closely monitor information and guidelines from the:
Individual Volunteer Opportunities
Individual volunteers play a huge role in the success of Habitat for Humanity-Spokane. Volunteering with us is a great way to learn new skills, meet new people, and have fun while helping strengthen our community.
There are opportunities to volunteer with Habitat year-round. You can sign up to volunteer at the Habitat Store or join us on the construction site building homes.
Work in the Habitat Store
The Habitat Store serves our work of building strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. One hundred percent of proceeds from donations of new and gently used items help fund our mission.
The store depends on enthusiastic volunteers for everything from helping customers to arranging merchandise. Whether you prefer interacting with the public or working behind the scenes, we have a volunteer opportunity for you.
Available shifts are 9:00 AM-1:00 PM or 1:00-5:00 PM, Monday through Saturday year-round. Sign up for the entire day or just one shift.
How do I sign up to volunteer at the Store?
Individuals interested in volunteering at the Habitat Store can sign up online: https://habitat-spokane.volunteerhub.com/lp/habitatstore/events/index.
What days can I volunteer?
Store volunteer shifts are 9:00 AM-1:00 PM or 1:00-5:00 PM, Monday through Saturday year-round. Sign up for the entire day or just one shift.
How old do I have to be to volunteer at the Store?
Store volunteers must be at least 16-years-old.
What should I wear when volunteering?
Store volunteers are required to wear closed-toed shoes and a shirt with sleeves. Store volunteers may wear shorts, as long as they are knee-length. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Please also consider that you will be volunteering in a customer-service environment and should choose clothing that would not be considered offensive.
What sorts of skills are needed to work at the Habitat Store?
None! We will work with you to find a position you enjoy and then train you.
Do I need to sign up to volunteer at the Store?
Yes. To make sure the Store is properly staffed, and to ensure our volunteers have a great experience while working with us, we ask all Store volunteers to sign up for shifts.
- Must be 16 years old
- Individuals under the age of 18 must have parent/guardian sign a waiver
- Close-toed shoes and shirts with sleeves required
- Fill out a Volunteer Application and Waiver prior to volunteering.
- Store volunteers must fill out a Volunteer Application and Waiver at least 48 hours prior to volunteering.
Construction volunteers work alongside our professional construction supervisors, other experienced and non-experienced volunteers, and future Habitat homeowners. No prior experience is necessary! Our construction team will provide all the training you will need and lead you through all tasks assigned for the day.
Volunteers are involved in almost every aspect of the building process including framing, drywall, insulation, siding, floor installation, painting and more.
You will gain valuable skills while having fun and giving back to your community.
Available shifts are 8:30 AM-noon or 12:30 -4:30 PM, Wednesday through Saturday year-round. Sign up for the whole day or just one shift.
A volunteer shuttle runs from the Habitat-Spokane office at 7:30 am and returns at 5:00 pm if you don’t want to drive to the jobsite.
Please do not use GPS when driving to the job site. The addresses are too new and not listed. You will likely get lost. Please follow these linked directions.
How do I get to the construction site? Don’ t use Google Maps! Please follow our provided directions.
I’ve never held a hammer in my life. Can I still volunteer?
Yes! We welcome volunteers of any skill level and provide all the training you will need. No previous construction experience is required.
What is a typical volunteer day schedule?
Our construction sites are open to volunteers Wednesday through Saturday, year-round. Two shifts are available each day: 8:30 AM – noon and 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM. You can sign up for the entire day or just one shift.
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a waiver form.
What should I wear?
We require volunteers to wear closed-toed shoes and shirts with sleeves. Volunteers not dressed appropriately may not stay on an active construction site. We suggest layered clothing for all weather conditions
What about weather conditions?
We typically build rain, snow or shine, but if weather conditions cause safety concerns, your build day may be cancelled. We try to provide as much advance notice as the weather allows, and we will contact volunteers accordingly. If you don’t hear from us, dress accordingly!
Should I bring my own lunch?
Yes, unless you are told otherwise, please bring your own lunch.
What should I bring? Do I need my own tools?
All the tools you need will be provided. However, you may bring your own work gloves, hard hat, and safety goggles if you prefer. Please make sure everything is labeled. DO bring a lunch, water bottle, sunscreen, and layered clothing. Please leave valuables at home as there is no secure storage at any of our sites.
What if I want to organize a group to volunteer?
If you wish to bring a group out to volunteer, please contact our office at email@example.com or call us at (509) 534-2552.
I have to cancel! What do I do?
Login to your volunteer account on VolunteerHub to view your reservation and then follow the prompts to cancel. Or you can contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (509) 534-2552.