Volunteer Reopening Plan

Rules Overview

ALL in-person volunteers, regardless of volunteer activity, must register in advance on VolunteerHub. If the daily capacity is reached and additional volunteers show up they will be sent home. All volunteers are asked to maintain social distancing of 6 feet from others. If distancing is impossible or if working indoors, a face covering is required. 

Construction Volunteers

    • Volunteers can begin registering for open positions on VolunteerHub starting November 16th for volunteer dates in December.
    • All volunteers must check-in at the tool distribution table.
    • Wash hands often, if wash station is not available use hand sanitizer.
    • Use supplied cleaning cloth/solution to clean tools.
    • Return tools to table at end of the workday.
    • Clean tools with cloth & solution when returning to the table.
    • Do not lend your tool to another person unless properly sanitized.
    • Do not accept a tool from another person unless properly sanitized.
    • No gathering for break time. You may take a break at 10:00 a.m. but HFHCC will not supply food or water.
    • Use your own personal water bottle.
    • Job site limited to 10 volunteers. This does not include staff/contractors.
    • Work for volunteers will begin at 8:00 a.m. with a safety talk at the tool distribution table. If you show up before 8:00 a.m. you will not be put to work until after the safety talk.

Office Volunteers

    • Volunteer positions will reopen on November 2nd.
    • There will be one morning shift and one afternoon shift each day Monday through Friday, in the Naples office only.
    • The office will remain closed to the public with only staff and registered volunteers permitted to enter.
    • If using a computer, sanitize the keyboard and mouse at the beginning and end of each shift.
    • Wash and sanitize hands often

ReStore Volunteers

    • Volunteer positions currently open at the East Naples ReStore only
    • There will be five morning shifts available and five evening shifts each day Monday through Friday.
    • All tools, pricing guns, and other items that will be used by others are to be sanitized at the beginning and end of each shift.
    • Wash and sanitize hands often.

Habitat for Humanity of Collier County COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Plan for HFHCC Construction

The purpose of this plan is to outline the steps that reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
The plan describes how to prevent worker and volunteer exposure to coronavirus, protective measures to be taken on the jobs sites, personal protective equipment and work practice controls to be used, cleaning and disinfecting procedures, and what to do if someone becomes sick. This plan will be revisited monthly and updated if CDC guidelines or HFHCC guidelines change.
Effective date of plan 12/1/2020


Habitat for Humanity of Collier County (HFHCC) takes the health and safety of our employees and volunteers very seriously. With the spread of the coronavirus or “COVID- 19,” a respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, we all must remain vigilant in mitigating the outbreak. In order to be safe and maintain operations, HFHCC has created this plan.

I. Responsibilities of Managers


All managers must be familiar with this Plan and be ready to answer questions from employees. Managers must set a good example by following this Plan at all times. This involves practicing good personal hygiene and job site safety practices to prevent the spread of the virus. Managers must encourage this same behavior from all employees and volunteers.

II. Responsibilities of Employees/Volunteers


HFHCC is asking every one of its employees and volunteers to help with its prevention efforts while at work. In order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 at our job sites, we all must play our part. As set forth below, HFHCC has instituted various housekeeping, social distancing, and other best practices at our jobsites. All employees and volunteers must follow these. In addition, employees are expected to report to their managers if they are experiencing signs or symptoms of COVID-19, as described below. If you have a specific question about this Plan or COVID- 19, please ask your manager. If they cannot answer the question, please contact Nick Kouloheras.

OSHA and the CDC have provided the following control and preventative guidance to all workers, regardless of exposure risk:

• Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and running water are unavailable, use a CDC approved sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Follow appropriate respiratory etiquette, which includes covering for coughs and sneezes.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

In addition, employees must familiarize themselves with the symptoms of COVID-19:

• Coughing;
• Fever;
• Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing; and
• Early symptoms such as chills, body aches, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, nausea /vomiting, and runny nose.

If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, DO NOT GO TO WORK and call your healthcare provider right away.

Ill. Job Site Protective Measures


HFHCC has instituted the following protective measures at all jobsites. All volunteers must check in at the tool distribution center each morning before starting work.

A. General Safety Policies and Rules

• Any employee/con tractor/visitor/volunteer showing symptoms of COVID- I 9 will be asked to leave the jobsite and return home.

• Employees and volunteers must avoid physical contact with others and direct employees/contractors/visitors/volunteers are to increase personal space to at least six (6) feet, where possible. Where work trailers are used, only necessary employees should enter the trailers and all employees should maintain social distancing while accessing the trailers.

• All in-person meetings will be limited.

• HFHCC will reduce the size of any group at any one time to ten people or less excluding staff and contractors.

• Due to the nature of its work HFHCC access to running water for hand washing may be impracticable. In these situations, HFHCC will provide, if available, a CDC approved sanitizer, and/or wipes.

• Employees/volunteers should limit the use of co-workers’ tools and equipment. To the extent tools must be shared, HFHCC will provide a sanitizer to clean tools before and after use.

• As part of the division of crews/staff/volunteers, HFHCC will designate employees into dedicated daily projects, at which point, employees will remain with their dedicated projects for the reminder of the project. If there is a legitimate reason for an employee to change projects, after starting the project and at any time during the project, HFHCC will have sole discretion in making that alteration.

• Employees/volunteers are encouraged to minimize ride-sharing. While in company vehicles, employees must ensure adequate ventilation.

• In lieu of using a common source of drinking water, such as a cooler, employees/volunteers should use individual water bottles.

B. Workers/volunteers entering Occupied Building and Homes

• When employees/volunteers perform construction and maintenance activities within occupied homes these work locations present unique hazards with regards to COVID-19 exposures. All such workers should evaluate the specific hazards when determining best practices related to COVID- 19.

• During this work, employees must sanitize the immediate work areas upon arrival and immediately before departure. HFHCC will provide a CDC approved sanitizer for this purpose.

• Employees/volunteers should ask other occupants to keep a personal distance of six (6) feet at a minimum. Workers must wash or sanitize hands immediately before starting and after completing the work. Employees/Volunteers must also wear a face covering.

C. Personal Protective Equipment and Work Practice Controls

• NOTE: The CDC is currently not recommending that healthy people wear N95 respirators to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Employees should wear N95 respirators if required by the work and if available.

• Employees/Volunteers are must to wear a face covering when social distancing cannot be accomplished.

IV. Job Site Cleaning and Disinfecting


HFHCC has instituted regular housekeeping practices, which includes cleaning and disinfecting frequently used tools and equipment, and other elements of the work environment, where possible. Employees/volunteers should regularly do the same in their assigned work areas.

• Any portable jobsite toilets should be cleaned by the leasing company at least once per week and disinfected on the inside.

• Vehicles and equipment/tools should be cleaned if change in operator/driver occurs.

• If an employee/volunteer has tested positive for COVID-19, OSHA has indicated that there is typically no need to perform special cleaning or decontamination of work environments, unless those environments are visibly contaminated with blood or other bodily fluids. Notwithstanding this, HFHCC will clean those areas of the jobsite that a confirmed-positive individual may have come into contact with.

V. Jobsite Exposure Situations



• Employee Exhibiting COVID-19 Symptoms

If an employee/volunteer exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, the employee/volunteer must remain at home until he or she is symptom free for 72 hours (3 full days) without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g., cough suppressants). If a volunteer has contracted COVID 19 he/she must quarantine for 14 days before returning to work or provide a negative test result.

• Employee Has Close Contact with a Tested Positive COVID-19 Individual

Employees/volunteers that have come into close contact with a confirmed-positive COVID- 19 individual (co-worker or otherwise), will be directed to self-quarantine for 3 days from the last date of close contact with the carrier. Close contact is defined as six (6) feet for a prolonged period of time.