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.

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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.

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