Zoom gloom? Habitat ReStore can get you goats

Nonprofit agency can spice up Zoom meetings with goat fundraiser
Zoom Goat
Who doesn't smile at goats? (Photo from Habitat website)

LA CROSSE, Wis. — If Zoom meetings are getting your goat because of glitches or, for instance, a flushing toilet in the background, here’s the perfect way to become a hero.
Habitat for Humanity of the La Crosse Area is pitching a Zoom pick-me-up with a virtual visit to a tribe of goats as a fundraiser for the nonprofit agency.
BTW, even the U.S. Supreme Court can’t escape an untimely flush, as occurred Wednesday during teleconferenced oral arguments in a case about the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. (Nobody confessed to being the flusher.)
Speaking of toilets, they are just one of sundry products normally sold at Habitat’s ReStore at 3181 Berlin Drive. However the COVID-19 shutdown has lost revenue for the home-building enterprise and its store.
To recoup money, a staffer who raises goats will share the animals to perk up Zoom meetings of businesses, families, organizations and other online gathering.
The visits to the goats, which take about five minutes, feature a quick intro about Habitat for Humanity La Crosse Area, idyllic views of a Midwest farm and intros to the trip (one of the terms for a group of goats) of eight goats.
To arrange for a goat experience, email pam@habitatlacrosse.org to schedule and provide a link to your meeting, or register at the Habitat website.
Meanwhile, the Habitat office and ReStore are preparing to reopen when Gov. Tony Evers’ Safer at Home order ends.
RestoreThe following Habitat operations will be limited through at least May 26:

  • ReStore and the Habitat office at 3181 Berlin St. will remain closed to the public until June 3, but they will reopen with strict guidelines for staff and public safety.
  • Habitat construction sites will reopen gradually, also with restrictions for safety.
  • Volunteer activities are suspended.
  • Event cancellations extended through May 26 include the Green Bay Packer Tailgate Tour fundraiser that had been scheduled for May 15, all committee meetings and all on-site construction and volunteer orientation training sessions.

The ReStore reopening timeline, which began last week with deep cleaning and sanitizing, as well as training staffers on sanitizing, physical distancing from the public and staff interactions:

  • This week, ReStore began selling limited items online for curbside pick-up.
  • Next week, May 12-16, ReStore will begin limited local pick-ups of donated items.
  • May 19-23, ReStore will expand scope of local pick-ups of donated items.
  • May 26-30, ReStore will begin accepting donations drop-offs at the store during limited hours.
  • On June 3, ReStore will reopen to the public with limited hours and no volunteers.