Habitat Spartanburg Blog

Volunteers Welcome as Pandemic Presents Challenges

Written By: Carrie Vaughn - January 14th, 2022

Volunteers are the backbone of Habitat for Humanity of Spartanburg. Why? Because over 90% of the work that goes into building each and every Habitat home is done by volunteers! Our qualified site supervisors oversee volunteer teams on every job site, year-round.

A picture containing outdoorDescription automatically generatedVolunteers have helped Habitat Spartanburg complete 145 homes since its inception in 1987. And as recently as 2019, we also launched a Critical Home Repair Program, allowing individuals already in homes to apply for exterior repair projects. These proejcts range from roof repairs, siding patches, gutter work, and so much more! Since the beginning of this program in 2019, volunteers have also helped Habitat Spartanburg complete 27 critical need projects.

The COVID-19 pandemic presented new challenges for volunteer engagement in 2020 and 2021. Volunteer activities were temporarily shut down in the early days of the pandemic, and when they resumed, only limited activities were allowed to minimize the risk of exposure. However, we have adapted our job sites to ensure compliance with CDC and DHEC guidelines, and we are happy to say that we are gradually expanding volunteer opportunities for individuals, groups, homeowners, and families!

In 2021, we welcomed 3,237 volunteers for a total of 15,303 hours of service. Will you help us beat those numbers in 2022? Every hour you donate will help a deserving family achieve safety and stability!

A group of people posing for a photoDescription automatically generatedRight now, we are looking for your help to continue our mission and outreach in Spartanburg County. Volunteers can sign up individually or in groups online or by contacting our Volunteer Coordinator, Carrie Vaughn, directly at carrie.vaughn@habitatspartanburg.org or 864.707.0230.

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