Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

MESSAGE TO HABITAT FOR HUMANITY COMMUNITY FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

updated March 19, 2020

As each day passes, it’s becoming increasingly clear that we have a collective responsibility to do all we can to prioritize the health, safety, and well-being of our families, neighbors, and communities. With the growing concerns of COVID-19 and updated guidance from government and public health officials, we have made some difficult, but necessary, decisions in communities throughout South Carolina.

To safeguard staff, volunteers, homeowners, and partners, affiliates are taking steps to temporarily close Habitat ReStores, construction sites, and public events. Most offices have already enabled staff members to work from their homes.

While we are faced with unexpected challenges, it’s becoming more evident just how critical it is to have a safe, stable, and affordable home to turn to as one’s sanctuary.

Countless members of our community will be facing unexpected hardships and growing needs in the coming days, weeks, and months. The most vulnerable populations should not be forgotten at this time. Although Habitat’s current scope may be changing temporarily, now more than ever, we remain committed to the mission of building homes, communities, and hope.

Our toolkit may not include a hammer or a cash register for a couple of weeks, but it will not lessen our efforts. For those eager to channel your energy towards positive action, we’ve put together a few ways you can help while practicing social distancing:

  • Stay in contact via social media. We will constantly provide updates on opportunities to get involved from afar - via virtual events, message sharing, or advocacy alerts.
  • Know of a community foundation in your area? Contact them! Nonprofits across the state, including Habitat, need immediate funding to stabilize losses from closures so they can maintain operations and meet the increasing needs of our communities.
  • Interested in peer-to-peer fundraising? Email us! The need is great, and your impact is strong.
  • Engaged with your local and/or state government? Ensure their responses to COVID-19 include protections and support for low- and moderate-income families impacted by this crisis. Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter to learn more.
  • Have another idea? We’d love to hear from you. Contact us via email at nancy@schabitats.org.

Habitat will continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC, DHEC, the federal government, and state government. As the situation in each county differs, I encourage you to follow the affiliate in your community for local updates.

Thank you for your unwavering support of Habitat’s work throughout South Carolina, even in these uncertain times. We pray for your health and safety and look forward to the day we reconnect on a build site or in a ReStore.

In humble partnership,

Nancy Lee
Executive Director
South Carolina Association of Habitat for Humanity Affiliates