When You Volunteer

Due to COVID-19, to keep everyone safe, we have instituted new guidelines for volunteers.

1. All adult volunteers are required to complete the Release & Waiver of Liability. Volunteers 16 and 17 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who must complete the Minor Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liability.

For safety reasons children under 16 are not allowed on worksites.  

2. Please arrive at your scheduled time.

At the time of work, when first arriving at the worksite, all staff, volunteers, contractors or visitors will be required to complete a temperature check and brief, confidential health screening before entering the work area. On construction sites these health screenings will be completed at the beginning of the scheduled work.

After the scheduled start – if no one is available for a temperature screening – you will not be allowed to join the work project.

3. Please bring a mask (if required), your own water bottle, and lunch.


4. At any volunteer location, Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region has instituted the following protective measures for all volunteer activity.

  •  Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be asked to leave the area and return home.
  • Gatherings are limited to 10 unvaccinated people and participants must remain at least six (6) feet apart.
  • Employees and volunteers must avoid physical contact with others and when possible increase personal space to at least six (6) feet.
  • Unvaccinated individuals, or those within 2 weeks of their last vaccine dose are required to masks.
  • Where work trailers are used, only employees will enter the trailers.
  • Volunteers will be encouraged to stagger breaks and lunches, and limit any group to 10 people at any one time.
  • Due to the nature of our work, access to running water for hand washing may be impracticable. In these situations, Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region will provide, hand sanitizer and/or wipes.
  • Employees and volunteers should limit the use of co-workers’ tools and equipment. When tools must be shared, Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region will provide alcohol-based wipes to clean tools before and after use.
  • Whenever possible power tools and their use will be assigned to one individual to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.
  • Volunteers are encouraged to minimize ride-sharing.
  • In lieu of using a common source of drinking water, employees and volunteers should use individual water bottles.

Read Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region’s full COVID-19 Response Plan