“Back in business”: Habitat for Humanity opens to external volunteers after COVID-19 pause | Kanawha Valley

At a home construction site on Charleston’s North Hills Drive on Friday morning, hammers pounded, a crew of co-workers chatted and power drills roared.

It might as well have been music for Habitat for Humanity and the homeowners they serve.

After more than a year of being slowed by limited volunteer help because of COVID-19, eight LabCorp employees were the organization’s first external volunteer crew since last year’s stay-at-home order.

“In a nutshell, we’re back in business,” said Trevor Anderson, the agency’s volunteer coordinator and marketing and communications director.

The organization depends on volunteers to complete its mission of building homes for people. When COVID-19 hit last year, the agency’s home construction projects completely stopped.

In July 2020, the agency received permission to work with a small group of its “regular” volunteers — the folks who help out more than eight hours each…

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