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Habitat for Humanity GTA resumes volunteering activities with new safety protocols

DCN-JOC News Services
Habitat for Humanity GTA resumes volunteering activities with new safety protocols

TORONTO — Habitat for Humanity GTA is in need of volunteers on build sites and Habitat ReStores, stating their focus since the pandemic hit has been to create a safe environment to welcome back volunteers.

The charity recently reopened roles for volunteers on their Dalton Road build site in the Town of Georgina (six homes), CentreTowne in Oshawa (six homes), and at their 13 active Habitat ReStore locations.

New safety protocols implemented by the organization include volunteers signing a health screening form before every shift, a maximum of 10 volunteers onsite at a time and making it mandatory to wear a mask or face covering while volunteering both indoors and outdoors, indicates a release.

Habitat for Humanity GTA mobilizes thousands of volunteers each year, however, with the limitations posed by COVID-19, volunteering has been impacted.

With the loss of corporate volunteer groups on Habitat build sites this year, the charity’s ability to raise funds and mobilize volunteer support has been greatly impacted, states the release, adding Habitat for Humanity GTA is appealing to businesses and community members to get involved by volunteering or donating funds. No prior construction or retail experience is necessary to volunteer.

“Being on the build site with Habitat for Humanity GTA during COVID-19 has been a rewarding experience,” said Nancy Constable, a community volunteer with Habitat for Humanity GTA, in a statement. “I have been impressed by the safety precautions put in place for distancing, cleaning and wearing a mask. Since we have opened to new volunteers, we are providing a safety walkthrough combined with COVID-19 measures and reminders during orientations onsite.”

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