Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization and their health and safety is of our utmost concern.

 

Click here for a message from the Executive Director (6.10.2020)

 

 

Dear Friends & Supporters,

I am pleased to report that our ReStore reopened its doors this past week on Tuesday, June 30th. Even with limited shopping hours of 12 – 4pm, Tuesday through Saturday, the store reopening was a huge success. We are grateful to those in the community who continue to donate and shop in our ReStore to support the need for quality affordable housing in Dorchester & Talbot Counties. During the remainder of July, our Restore will continue to operate with reduced hours of 12-4pm Tuesday through Saturday. If you are interested in making a ReStore donation or would like to schedule an outdoor pick-up, please remember these must be scheduled in advance by calling the ReStore at 410-820-6186. This helps to keep everyone safe.

More good news….our job sites reopened with construction volunteers yesterday. Our first wave of volunteers invited to serve is based on those who gave 100+ hours since last year. Even with a limited number of no more than 6 volunteers per job site, in addition to staff, the spirit of hope and perseverance was in full force. Please don’t get discouraged if you weren’t included in the first wave of those called to serve. Rather, be encouraged by the fact that nearly two months after gradually beginning to lift restrictions, Maryland’s COVID 19 numbers continue to trend downward.

We look forward to welcoming more volunteers in the future so if you are interested, please e-mail info@habitatchoptank.org and we will gladly send you a volunteer application and conduct an orientation so you are ready to go when it is safe to further expand volunteers at our ReStore and on our jobsites.

We continue to ask for everyone’s cooperation and patience as we slowly ramp back up. The following safety guidelines were shared last month but I wanted to share these again as they have been adopted by Habitat Choptank to keep our volunteers, clients and staff members safe and to minimize risk to Habitat Choptank as best as possible.

Volunteers will be required to:
Sign a new waiver with COVID-19 provisions;
Sign up for a shift on-line utilizing a new software system and process;
Undergo a temperature check and sign a self-screen for symptoms daily;
Wear a mask at all times;
Wipe down tools before and after each use; and
Stay home if they or a loved one are immunocompromised or have come in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Personal Protective Equipment that will be available includes:
N-95 Masks for work requiring this type of gear (these have been hard to obtain so we wanted you to know that we do have a supply);
Surgical Face Masks for jobsites and ReStore;
Thermometers for infrared temperature checks;
Hand Sanitizer for each jobsite/ReStore;
Porto Potties with handwashing stations at each jobsite; and
Anti-bacterial cleaning products to spray and wipe down tools/equipment before and after each use.

Staff will:
Conduct daily safety talks addressing COVID-19 precautions;
Ensure that volunteers wear masks;
Locate industrial fans on the interior of homes where work is being done to circulate air;
Ensure that lunch breaks are taken seated at least 6-8 feet apart;
Ensure that signage is placed reminding people of handwashing, social distancing and other safety precautions;
Ensure that tools are wiped down before and after each use; and
Senior staff will make weekly visits to each of the jobsites/ReStore to ensure protocols are being enforced and to support staff who are monitoring volunteer adherence.

We are already more than halfway through 2020 and for many of us, it seems like this year couldn’t end soon enough. There’s something about new beginnings and starting over that brings forth hope and the promise of something new, fresh, untarnished. In spite of how difficult 2020 has been, I pray that we are all a little stronger, wiser, kinder, grateful, patient and courageous. I pray that we can take what we’ve learned individually and collectively and pour that back into something good, a new hope for the future…..making this world a safer and kinder place to live and grow.

If someone that you know needs affordable housing, has a question about our ministry or would like to volunteer, please encourage them to call or e-mail us at 410-476-3204 or info@habitatchoptank.org. And if you or someone that you know would like to get more involved in supporting our mission of building homes, community and hope with a financial contribution, I welcome a conversation to discuss how to make that gift meaningful to you and your loved ones.
Please continue to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy.
God bless you and yours,
JoAnn Hansen

 

We hope you’ll join us in welcoming our new ReStore Manager, Max Pedemonte!
Max is an Eastern Shore native and is excited to return to this area to spend time with family living in the Seaford, Deleware area. Max comes to us with a BA in Communications and Conflict Resolution from Salisbury University and he is currently working on completing his MBA.
Max’s professional background includes experience in retail management, logistics, customer service, and management, all skills to ensure he is well poised to move the ReStore forward in its next phase of development.
While desiring to create a safe and pleasurable shopping and donation experience for all of our existing and new customers, Max is committed to helping Habitat Choptank meet our goal to serve more families, which means helping our ReStore to obtain more donations so that we are able to support our efforts to build quality, safe and affordable housing for families in our service area.
Max’s enthusiasm is genuine and contagious. We look forward to the reopening of the ReStore and the opportunity for you to get to know Max and his team as well.
We hope to reopen our beloved ReStore sometime later this month. Please like us on Facebook to receive important and timely messages. For a list of our Accepted Donation Items, please click here.
Please remember dumping is not donating.
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COVID-19 Next Steps

For the last eight weeks, we have closed our build sites to volunteers, closed our ReStore to volunteers and the general public, and closed our offices. Work has continued through the use of contractors and through our staff team working in home based office settings utilizing technologies to aid us in our work. Our guidance has been consistent with federal recommendations to help flatten the curve of the pandemic.

The federal government has now delegated decision making regarding reopenings to state and local authorities. We will be working closely with our Board of Directors to develop plans to slowly resume operations based on a set of criteria that continues to prioritize the health and safety of all involved. We will continue to remain fully compliant with all state and local requirements.

Please stay tuned for information in the coming weeks on our plans to slowly resume operations and activities.

Since the beginning of this pandemic, we have been blessed to receive gifts from the following businesses and individuals and we want to publicly thank them for their support:
David Bergstrom
Cantner’s Drug Store
Bill and Vikki Childs
Steve and Lynn Clineburg
George and Judy Dappert
Thomas and Marie Davis
George and Kathleen DeSimone
Daniel Dunlap
Clayton and Patricia Fisher
Fred and Sally Haller
JoAnn Hansen
Barbara Hargroves
Carolyn Harrison
Mrs. Bill G. Hendon
Paul and Kathy Killeen
Bob Wenneson and Cindy Lilley
Mid-Shore Community Foundation
Brandi Nichols
Terry Price
David Riley
Richard Rountree
Donald Schmigel
Nora Skiver
Hugh and Chata Smith
Richard Smith
Sandy Holicky and Teresa Spence
Seth and Missy Warfield
Jane Wilson
Jenny Wyant
Thank you for continuing to sow into a FUTURE OF HOPE by partnering with Habitat Choptank to provide the hand-up that families  in our community need!

Please note, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19 and the flu, including: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Thank you for partnering with us to ensure our community remains safe and healthy.

Even though you won’t be swinging a hammer or climbing a ladder with Habitat this weekend, we challenge you to join us for a weekend workout.
This will help you stay in tip top shape so you’re ready to build when work resumes AND if you send us a picture of your workout, you can earn volunteer hours! Send pictures to marketing@habitatchoptank.org or post them to our Facebook page to share the Habitat love.