Volunteers Needed In Atlanta — Shelter Kits for Haiti

Hey guys, just a quick note from my friend Desiree about a Haiti relief effort in the Atlanta area. Read on for details.

Volunteers are needed to assemble emergency shelter kits April 7–10 and April 12–15.

About the Effort

Habitat for Humanity is planning a multiphase response strategy in Haiti that includes early recovery and mid-and long-term response. As part of the early phase, Habitat for Humanity put together over 10,000 emergency shelter kits, designed to help families make immediate repairs and construct emergency shelter, in February.

This work was possible thanks to the dedication of volunteers like you. For those of you that helped with the first round of kits, we are grateful for your support. Now, we are asking again for your help to assemble 13,250 more recovery starter kits. Funds for these kits have been provided by The American Red Cross and CARE.

What you’ll be doing

Volunteers for kit assembly are needed to receive and unpack materials, count, re-pack into individual kits, and load into containers. No experience is necessary, but the work may include heavy lifting and repetitive tasks.

Where you’ll be helping

The kits will be assembled at the Whirlpool Regional Distribution Center located at 195 King Mill Road, McDonough, GA 30253. Whirlpool Corporation has generously donated this space to Habitat for Humanity while kits are being assembled.

Shifts available

Volunteer shifts are available during the following dates and times:
April 9      8:30 a.m to 5 p.m. (We especially need volunteers on Friday.)
April 10     8:30 a.m to 5 p.m.
April 12     7:30 a.m to 4 p.m.
April 13     7:30 a.m to 4 p.m.
April 14     7:30 a.m to 4 p.m.
April 15     7:30 a.m to 4 p.m.

Volunteer spots are limited. You must register to attend.

Important details

The work will include unpackaging or handling tools. Please bring work gloves with you. The work takes place in a large warehouse; please dress in layers. Volunteers must be age 16 or older.

If you have questions, please contact Rita Bennett at [email protected] or 1-800-422-4828 ext. 7656.

Willie Jackson is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Consultant & Facilitator with ReadySet, a boutique consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the topics of workplace equity, global diversity, and inclusive leadership. Connect on LinkedIn or get in touch.