Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County

Covid Safety

Covid-19 Safety

We here at Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County are taking the COVID-19 situation very seriously. We are taking all precautions to ensure the safety and health of our staff, volunteers, customers and those that we serve. Read below to learn more about the steps we are taking to stay safe, and feel free to contact us at info@hfhwhatcom.org if you have any additional questions or concerns.

For Volunteers

Opportunities and Orientation

All volunteer opportunities are open to both new and current volunteers. Remote options are available on a case by case basis. In order to minimize unnecessary contact, we are conducting all new volunteer orientations online.

PPE

All volunteers whether at the Store or on the Build Site have access to masks, gloves, hand washing stations and safety goggles. We ask that whenever possible to bring your own reusable masks or gloves to minimize waste.

Working Together

We are working hard to make sure our staff and volunteers are as safe as possible while working together and with the public. We are asking that anyone who is feeling under the weather or has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 stay home and see their doctor when necessary. We are contact tracing all volunteers and taking daily temp checks at all volunteer sites. Tasks have been set up with space requirements in mind so that volunteers and staff can maintain a 6 ft distance from each other.

For Shoppers and Donors

What We're Doing

To make sure the Store is a safe place for shoppers, volunteers, and staff, we are working hard to keep frequently touched surfaces sanitized. We are wiping down work stations and shared equipment between shifts, and cleaning areas touched by the public throughout the day. Our rest room is open to the public, and hand sanitizer is provided at our door and at the cash register. Currently only 20 customers are allowed in Store at one time. Our aisles are spaced so that customers can maintain their distance while shopping, and the floor has been marked by our registers to make sure everyone can stay 6 ft apart while waiting to check-out.

What You Can Do

In line with Washington State's current guidelines, we must ask that all shoppers wear a mask when in Store or interacting with our staff and volunteers. Please bring your own mask- we are unable to provide personal protective equipment to the public. We ask that anyone who is feeling under the weather or has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 stay home and see their doctor when necessary. If you are unable to come into our Store but would like to shop, visit us at https://shop.hfhwhatcom.org/ to check out our online store. If you can't find what you are looking for, let us know!

Store Donations

We are still accepting donations of gently used furniture, building supplies, home goods and more at the Habitat Store. Drop-off donations are preferred whenever possible, but we are still offering FREE pickups across Whatcom County. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently offering only curbside, no-contact pickups. We are unable to enter any residences- your items MUST be in a garage, on your porch, or outside in order for our drivers to pick up your items. Visit https://www.hfhwhatcom.org/store/store-donations to learn more about what we do and do not accept for donation or to schedule a pickup online.

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For more information on how to keep you and your family safe during these difficult times, please visit¬†https://coronavirus.wa.gov/ to keep up to date on current Washington state requirements and guidelines. Stay safe Whatcom County- we’re in this together!

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