Construction Volunteer Guidelines

UPDATE TO VOLUNTEERS ABOUT COVID-19

Thank you for volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County! Your health and safety are important to us, and we want to ensure you have a positive volunteer experience.

As we have new policies and procedures in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19, in addition to the safety information you will receive on the site, we also want you to be aware of the basic protective measures you can take related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. Please review the Safety Video below and the guidelines below to prepare for your time on site.

There is no construction experience required and you will not be asked to do anything you’re not comfortable doing. Volunteering is a full-day commitment, from 8:45am to 4:00pm for homebuilding, home repair and recycle projects, unless otherwise stated. Please arrive on time, check in when you arrive for a health check, and plan to work the entire shift. There are breaks in the morning, at lunch, and in the afternoon.

We look forward to seeing you on one of our sites as we work to build a better Seattle-King County for families through homeownership. If you feel unwell or decide not to participate, please log into the Volunteer Hub to cancel your shift.

If we have to make any changes, we will communicate these as soon as possible through email and on our social media channels. If you have any questions, please let us know by emailing us at volunteer@habitatskc.org

No person(s) may visit any HFHSKC 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 your HFSKC contact 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 HFHSKC contact and site supervisor that you are experiencing symptoms.
3. Volunteer Management or your site supervisor will alert those who were in close contact.
4. Your health status will remain confidential.
5. Site may be shut-down on short notice in accordance with Safety Protocols.

Stay Safe While Volunteering

When you arrive, you will be greeted by an AmeriCorps or Site Supervisor for a health check. If there are others arriving at the same time, please wait in a line at least 6 feet apart. If no one is immediately available, please wait for a staff to greet you. Do not just walk onto site.

1. The site staff will do a forehead temperature check using a touchless thermometer. Anyone with a fever over 100.4°F will be required to leave immediately.
2. You will complete a health form with your name, temperature, and certifying you do not have any other Covid-19 symptoms.
3. PPE will be distributed, and a morning safety briefing will kick things off. Social distancing must be maintained throughout.
4. Volunteers will be separated into groups of 3-5 and assigned to a Habitat staff or AmeriCorps member. You will likely remain in this group throughout the day to provide further distancing while on site.

  • Wash hands with soap and water frequently for at least 20 seconds.
  • HFHSKC 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, maintain at least a 6-foot distance between people.
  • There will be designated times for breaks and lunch, typically at noon.
  • During lunch or other breaks, individual chairs, or benches / picnic tables marked with X’s will designate where to sit.
  • Sanitizing sprays and/or wipes will be available before and after using any tools. Avoid sharing tools and equipment whenever possible.
  • Sites will have a maximum of twenty (20) volunteers and staff on new constructions sites and 6-8 on repair sites in order to maintain safe social distancing practices.

Masks, gloves, and hardhats must be worn by staff and volunteers on site at all times. Please bring your own to site if possible to reduce the use of shared items and surfaces. If you are unable to do this, we will have sanitized versions of all necessary PPE available at all of our build locations.

HFHSKC staff will sanitize hard surfaces and all tools on site after each work shift.

  • 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 (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.
  • Volunteers will work in groups of 3-5 to create greater distancing among those on site. HFHSKC will limit the total number of individuals on-site to no more than twenty (20).
  • 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 or exterior of a home.
  • Habitat does not provide food on site.
  • Volunteers should bring their own lunch or groups may cater using boxed lunches, preferably from local businesses.
  • Each site will have a supply of water, but to minimize contact with shared surfaces, we recommend you bring your own bottle or container.