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AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon

Annual event engages communities and volunteers in weeklong blitz builds

The annual AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon brings together Habitat AmeriCorps members, AmeriCorps alumni and local volunteers, families and partners for intensive construction and service projects. Build-a-Thon events are typically a week long and are held in partnership with local communities and Habitat affiliates. The goal of the event is to help meet the host community’s needs for affordable housing, while celebrating AmeriCorps members’ service with Habitat.

Occurring annually each spring, the Build-a-Thon provides an opportunity to meet others who are committed to service and engage participants in the transformative service experience. All while working to fulfill our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Habitat for Humanity’s 2015 AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon will take place May 19-31, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event will span two weeks (May 19-25 and May 24-31) and will help to "Rebuild America," with concentration in the New Orleans East neighborhood, on America Street. This year’s event will celebrate the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps and kick-off the local commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Katrina.

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Additional Build-a-Thon years and locations

  • 2014 — Iowa; North Carolina; Wisconsin
  • 2013 — Florida; Washington D.C.; Wisconsin; Washington State
  • 2012 — California; Florida; Texas
  • 2011 — Alabama; Delaware; Florida; Mississippi; Washington State; West Virginia; Wisconsin
  • 2010 — Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 2009  Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 2008  The Build-a-Thon joined the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project on the Gulf Coast 
  • 2007  Mississippi Gulf Coast
  • 2006  Dallas, Texas; Mobile, Alabama
  • 2005  "Affiliate Swap" across the United States and Johns Island, South Carolina
  • 2004  Dallas, Texas; Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 2003  Anniston, Alabama (“Disaster Recovery”); Valdosta, Georgia (Jimmy Carter Work Project) 
  • 2002  Jacksonville, Florida
  • 2001  Oklahoma and Wake County, North Carolina
  • 2000  Columbus, Georgia ("Miracle on 3rd Avenue")
  • 1999  Twin Cities, Minnesota