A glance at how COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Chattanooga-area nonprofits dependent on volunteerism

Staff file photo / Craig Schand holds a nail gun during a 2017 Habitat for Humanity home build in Chattanooga.

For many nonprofit organizations, volunteers are the lifeblood of operations. Here is a look at how three local nonprofits are adapting to the drastic dropoff in volunteers due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area helps build affordable homes for low-income families.

* Volunteers are critical on home building sites and at ReStores, where new and used cabinets, furniture, appliances and building materials are sold to the public at 50-75% below retail prices. Volunteers also typically have a role in various family services and events. But in March, Chattanooga's Habitat suspended all volunteer activity in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 - a move which is expected to have crushing ripple effects, as volunteers often become donors, says Phil Trammell, vice president of development for the local Habitat.