Habitat for Humanity feeling the impact of COVID-19 in Sussex and Wicomico Counties
DELMARVA- Non-profits across Delmarva are feeling the impacts of COVID-19, and for Habitat For Humanity in Wicomico and Sussex counties that means loss of donations and volunteers.
“One of the challenges with the pandemic is that people have been very hesitant on calling us with their donations of their appliances or household items,” Molly Hilligoss, the Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity Wicomico County, said.
Hilligoss said on top of losing donations and volunteers they had to close their thrift store for 10 weeks during the state’s stay at home order.
All of those things combined to create a loss in funds, which they said forced them to slow down construction on new homes.
“We were expected to seek about three houses during this time period and none of them have sold, so they’ve all been pushed out much further some of our builds are pushed out 3 months, some six months,” Kevin Gilmore, the Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity Sussex County, said.
So now, both Habitat for Humanity organizations are looking for help now more than ever.
“So, we are now in a desperate situation where we need masks for our volunteers to be able to come back to the construction site,” Hilligoss said.
And in Sussex County, they said they just need volunteers to help them at builds so they can get back to putting families in need into new homes.
“Being home for a couple months just helped us all realize how important a safe, healthy, house is and Habitat is one of those solutions,” Gilmore said.