Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

Updated as of 3/26/2020 1:30 pm

A message and update from our CEO,  John Weyenberg, on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Our priority is always to support the health and safety of our people — and to take a calm and informed approach to address this challenging situation. In addition to the previous decisions made to close the Fox Cities Habitat Affiliate office and the ReStores to the public, we have ceased in-store ReStore operations as of March 26 and will cease all construction work as of Saturday, March 28. We are taking this unprecedented step in order to protect our staff, volunteers, donors and customers, the families we seek to serve and the community that we love.  

Fox Cities Habitat is currently working on many critical projects and initiatives – building and preserving homes, closing on real estate projects and breaking ground on others! This disruption to our workflow will most certainly affect our families. Those we seek to serve are already vulnerable; many of them in positions at the forefront of the crisis, health care workers, civil servants, service sector employees; those to whom a missed paycheck can mean catastrophe. 

During this time, I ask that if you had intended to give to Fox Cities Habitat – if you intended to volunteer, to visit the ReStore, or to donate – that you show your support with a donation now,  to keep us building a better community as we face down this pandemic.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and we will re-open our office, our sites and our ReStores as soon as it is safe to do so. 

Please remember to follow recommended health and hygiene protocols as established by the Center of Disease Control (CDC) at and seek up-to-date information on the status of the outbreak, and health resources available to you and your family. 


With so much underway, there are bound to be questions from our constituents. If you need to get in touch with someone from Habitat Fox Cities for any reason, please see additional information below. 



As organizers around the community cancel or postpone upcoming large events, we have made the decision to postpone the following until further notice: 

  • Rock the Block Waupaca  
  • Home dedications  
  • Home Builders Association of the Fox Cities event at the ReStore 

For any questions please  contact Amy McGowan, Director of Development at 920-378-8613 or




Volunteer shifts, activities and meetings are currently on hold until further notice. If you’d like to discuss further, please feel free to contact Jodi Isom, Director of Volunteer Services at 920-967-8882 or




We will not be accepting donations or selling items through our stores until further notice. For other questions about the ReStore, email Andy Scheiderer (ReStore East Manager) at or Amy Graber (ReStore West Manager) at


Thank you for your continued support of Greater Fox Cities Habitat!

Be careful out there and be well,

John Weyenberg
President & Chief Executive Officer




Updated as of 3/23/2020 3:40 pm

𝗛𝗮𝗯𝗶𝘁𝗮𝘁 𝗥𝗲𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗰𝘂𝗿𝗯 𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗽𝗶𝗰𝗸𝘂𝗽 & 𝗱𝗲𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆!

Working on DIY projects or doing some redecorating? Habitat ReStore currently has modern and trendy home décor, tables, mirrors, paint and more available to shop online and then either pickup or have delivered.

Simply go to MARKETPLACE on Facebook and order what you’d like to purchase. Check back often as new items are added daily! Anything you purchase funds our Habitat mission. Don’t hesitate to call our ReStore Appleton West at 920-968-7299 AND ReStore Appleton East at 920-968-7567.

In addition, we encourage you to go on our website to donate. We will use those funds to help our Habitat families who work front line, stocking shelves, preparing and delivering food, working in critical childcare, and even serving in clinics and hospitals to take care of everyone. They are doing this while paying increased childcare costs while schools remain closed. Please help us help them during this time if you can.


Updated as of 3/20/2020 2:00 pm


We continue to keep abreast with the ever-changing situation related to COVID-19 pandemic. This is impacting each of our communities differently. But no matter where people are, the growing long-term adverse impact on the Habitat organization overall, and the economic shock is putting households at risk of foreclosure or eviction. We are seeking your support in two areas:

  1. Email your representative and senators NOW to urge them that any stimulus package must include resources to ensure families and individuals have a stable place to call home during these uncertain times. See link
  2. Also, we will continue to communicate our activities through Social Media platforms! At your convenience, don’t hesitate to participate on Social Media by sharing, commenting, conversing, liking and/or simply engaging with us overall.

In addition, although we have currently closed our ReStores to the public, we continue to sell many items online on Facebook Marketplace and also support drop-offs or pick-ups by appointment while respecting social distancing. There will be somebody at the store to manage the logistics at curb side. So don’t hesitate to call the ReStores if you need additional information.

We are sincerely appreciative for your support and generous heart!

As communicated earlier, we have closed our main office at 921 Midway Rd. in Menasha to the public as of March 17. You can still drop off any mail or documents through our mailbox or locked white box for payments or donations. In addition, please feel free to contact our staff via email (click on their name for email link):

In the meantime, while our office and our ReStores will not be open to the public, please know that our Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity team is continuing to work to drive our mission forward.

We are constantly monitoring the situation and will provide update here as they become available.


Last updated: March 16, 2020 at 4:45 p.m.

Beyond all else, our highest priority is the health and safety of our entire Fox Cities Habitat community – staff, clients, volunteers, supporters, and all our neighbors across Wisconsin.

Effective from Tuesday, March 17 through Tuesday, March 31, at the earliest, we will be taking the actions below. We will use this time to prepare for future phases beyond March 31. Additional steps will be evaluated and communicated.

The following actions will go into effect:

  1. We are cancelling all volunteer shifts. This is for all types of volunteers (office, worksites, ReStore, etc.). This decision was made to protect the health of our volunteers who are our one of our most vital assets. We understand this will have an impact on operations, but we remain committed to health and safety being our #1 priority.
  2. We are closing to the public our main office at 921 Midway Rd. Menasha. You can still drop off any mail or documents through our mailbox or the white box. In addition, please feel free to contact our staff via email:
  1. Our two ReStores will remain open during normal business hours operated entirely by staff until further notice. We will continue to pick up donations from homes and businesses as we’re able. This will be done by staff and we will not enter homes to get any donations. Donors will continue to be able to drop off donations at both locations.

We continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance by devoting to clean our retail stores more frequently while emphasizing the areas commonly touched. We have clear guidelines for hand washing and provide additional hand sanitizer stations in our stores.


Thank you for your continued support of Greater Fox Cities Habitat!