New Policies for Construction Volunteers

**Updated 06/24/2021**

Beaches Habitat is committed to providing a safe environment for our employees, AmeriCorps members, volunteers, subcontractors, and community partners. We have implemented changes on our construction site that we will continue to evaluate and update as our local situation changes.

Volunteer Opportunities

Phased Reopening
Due to delays in construction material delivery, we are limiting volunteer opportunities to experienced volunteers until supplies are delivered. Group opportunities are not available at this time.

Scheduling Limits
Until supplies are delivered, we will limit the number of volunteer opportunities and release the volunteer schedule each Friday for the following week. Volunteer numbers will vary by day of the week, based on projects available.

Opportunities for groups, court-ordered volunteers, and new/sporadic volunteers will open at a later date. If you have questions about this or any of the information included here, please send an email to volunteer@beacheshabitat.org.

Social Distancing

Vulnerable Populations
We recognize that many of our volunteers will be considered vulnerable due to their age or health. We strongly advise that all volunteers consider the risks to their personal health and safety before making a decision to volunteer.

Team Size
Teams on the construction will be limited to no more than 15 people per building (including staff, AmeriCorps members, and volunteers) and no more than 2 volunteers will be assigned to work in any enclosed space. Our team will encourage participants to maintain a physical distance of at least 6′ between workers as much as possible.

Volunteer Registration

All volunteers are required to register for a volunteer shift.

Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liability
All volunteers are required to complete a new waiver prior to volunteering. A link will be included in confirmation/reminder emails. PDFs are also available upon request.

Volunteer Check-in

Registered volunteers will receive a confirmation email the day before their scheduled shift with COVID-19 screening questions. Please review the screening questions prior to attending your volunteer shift!

By volunteering on the construction site, you are affirming that you have reviewed the questions and are complying with COVID-19 screening as described under the “COVID-19 Symptoms / Exposure” section below. Beaches Habitat will not ask registered volunteers to answer screening questions at the construction site.

Upon arrival, volunteers can locate a team member to sign-in (paper/pen check-in).

COVID-19 Symptoms/Exposure

Whether or not you are fully vaccinated*, please reschedule your volunteer opportunity if:

  1. You have experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 48 hours:
  • fever or chills;
  • cough;
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
  • fatigue;
  • muscle or body aches;
  • headache;
  • new loss of taste or smell;
  • sore throat;
  • congestion or runny nose;
  • nausea or vomiting;
  • diarrhea

  1. You are isolating or quarantining because you tested positive for COVID-19 or are worried that you may be sick with COVID-19

If you are not fully vaccinated*, please reschedule your volunteer opportunity if:

  1. You have been in close physical contact in the last 14 days with:
  • anyone who is known to have laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 OR
  • anyone who has any symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
  1. You are waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test (other than the results of a pre-travel or post-travel COVID-19 test).
  2. You have traveled in the past 10 days.

*To be considered fully vaccinated, you must be ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own PPE if they have it, including hard hats. PPE will be available on-site for volunteers to use. It is recommended that volunteers disinfect shared PPE before using it.

Recommended PPE
It is highly recommended that staff members, AmeriCorps members and volunteers wear*:

  • Face coverings: When task-specific face PPE is not required, face coverings are recommended, except in specific situations when they are required (listed below under “Required PPE”). A face covering is a cloth, bandana, or another type of material the covers a person’s nose and mouth.
  • Gloves: Task-appropriate gloves should be worn at all times while on-site. If gloves are not typically required for the task, then any type of glove is acceptable, including latex gloves.
  • Eye protection:  Eye protection should be worn at all times while on-site

Required PPE
In addition to regular PPE, Beaches HFH will ask that all staff members, AmeriCorps members, and volunteers wear:

  • Face Coverings: When task-specific face PPE is not required, face coverings are required for individuals who are not fully vaccinated, when entering an owner-occupied dwelling (e.g. – Senior Repair projects), and when more than 1 person is working in an enclosed, unventilated space.  A face covering is a cloth, bandana, or another type of material that covers a person’s nose and mouth.

*Gloves and eye protection are required for certain tasks. We recommend wearing them at all times as an additional precaution.

Water Bottles
Please plan to bring a reusable water bottle with you to the construction site. Beaches Habitat will provide water coolers on site for volunteers to refill personal water bottles. Please only refill from the water station using water bottles with a removable mouthpiece. Paper cups will be available.

Yes: images of water bottles with removable mouthpieces
No: images of water bottles without removable mouthpieces

Tools

Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own tools if they have them. Suggested tools include:

  • Tool Belt
  • Hammer
  • Tape Measure
  • Utility Knife
  • Claw Nail Puller (Cat’s Paw)
  • Speed Square
  • Pencil

Disinfectant wipes will continue to be available to clean shared tools.

Please have patience

Our team is doing the best we can to bring volunteers back to the site in the safest way possible. We need the help and cooperation of everyone to make our efforts effective. Unfortunately, there will still be risks involved and we cannot promise a virus-free site.

If you have any questions, please send an email to volunteer@beacheshabitat.org.

Thank you, volunteers, for your continued support of Beaches Habitat!