Coronavirus Resources + Tools for Affiliate

updated March 13, 2020

South Carolina Habitat for Humanity (SCAHA) is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the precautions governments, health officials, businesses, and other nonprofit organizations continue to take to limit its spread. ​​SCAHA ​​​​​is here to support Habitat affiliates across the state with health and safety resources, as well as tools for addressing operational continuity. Additional guidance is available on My Habitat.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The community is in a continually evolving public health situation. We will do our best to keep this website updated, but also encourage you to contact Nancy Lee at nancy@schabitats.org if you have any concerns or questions!

Affiliate Updates

Local decisions regarding volunteering, offices, ReStores, and events are made at the community level, based on this specific situation in that area. Click here to find your community’s Habitat and stay up-to-date on the local response.

Health and Safety Measures

Habitat is committed to the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, partners, and the communities we serve. Across the board, Habitat is continually following the recommended precautions advised by CDC and DHEC.

  • Affiliates should distribute and display recommendations of public health officials, as outlined on the COVID-19 Fact Sheet.
  • Offices, ReStores, and build sites are encouraged to add hand sanitization stations while encouraging hand washing, cleaning frequently touched surfaces, and general self-care.
  • Education on detection, prevention, and response of COVID-19 is available via a free virtual training course, courtesy of the World Health Organization.
  • Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has instituted a free virtual visit for anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (promo code: COVID19).

Human Resources

Each Habitat affiliate’s leadership should review their policies regarding PTO, sick leave, remote work, etc. If anyone is unwell, they should stay home.

Global Village and International Travel

All Global Village volunteer builds through May 2, 2020 have been suspended to minimize the risk of transmission among volunteers and the communities it serves. In addition, the International team and US Office have suspended all HFHI staff travel (domestic and international) at this time. Each affiliate is encouraged to consider what local travel measures are appropriate within their individual communities.

Business Continuity and Communication

While in most cases Habitat offices, construction sites, and ReStores across South Carolina currently remain open with increased safety precautions, we are committed to adjusting operations as needed. A crowdsourced list of public COVID-19 company policies, updates, conference closures, and resources provides samples for review.

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