AmeriCorps ServiceFeed

AmeriCorps Profile | Samantha Reichard: Connecting with people
After volunteering with Habitat and other nonprofits as a Florida State University student, Samantha Reichard continued serving after graduation by joining the Family Services department at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge through AmeriCorps.

AmeriCorps Profile | Michael Powell: “Service is my life’s calling”
Michael Powell, a veteran who grew up with five siblings to a single mother, has not always had it easy. After feeling the call to serve others, he joined AmeriCorps as veterans outreach coordinator to Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area, Pennsylvania.

AmeriCorps Profile | Wayne Rucker: Reconstructing himself after a difficult life
After a rough childhood and trouble with the law, Wayne Rucker vowed to be something better. He gained a new perspective by joining AmeriCorps and now serves with Habitat for Humanity.

AmeriCorps Profile | Kristi Ashley: Inspired through her service
Kristi Ashley was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, and now is making a difference in her hometown serving with Omaha Habitat in her second year of service as an AmeriCorps member.

AmeriCorps member blog: “Greatness is determined by service”
BLOG – AmeriCorps member Suzan Kusa describes her MLK Day of Service 2015 experience with Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii in the Ulu Wini community.

BLOG – “The unmet needs and inequities we encountered and attempted to address became personal to me, and my Habitat and AmeriCorps experiences across the country have provided me with the tools for positive change.”


Here are 10 reasons to join Habitat AmeriCorps
For AmeriCorps members, the Build-a-Thon is an opportunity to step away from their day-to-day service, reconnect with their peers and reflect on their larger personal journey. It’s going to be a great week, equal parts fun and hard work. 

Habitat AmeriCorps Alumni Association volunteers build in El Salvador
VIDEO – Members of the Habitat AmeriCorps Alumni Association re-engaged themselves in service by traveling to El Salvador to build a new home with a family in need. The trip was the alumni association’s first Global Village trip. 

AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon opens doors
Jackie Jones, a proud grandmother of seven, has been a custodian at Heritage High School for more than seven years. Iris Hall, a mother of six, has a medical condition and survives now on disability payments. Both have worked hard and lived frugally for years, and now, both have achieved their dreams of owning a home.

AmeriCorps members join Habitat for Humanity for its annual Build-a-Thon
PRESS RELEASE – (May 16, 2014) Throughout the week, AmeriCorps members and volunteers will build 10 new homes and perform several critical home repairs in partnership with low-income families. In addition, AmeriCorps members will partner with local organizations and volunteers on community service projects.

Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps: Building hope, making an impact
BLOG – April 22, 2014 On the fifth anniversary of The Serve America Act, Liz Blake reflects on the impact Habitat AmeriCorps has made building homes and touching lives since the act’s passing.

AmeriCorps Profile | Stephanie Ham – “Part of something bigger”
VIDEO – Since high school, Stephanie has volunteered with Habitat and now serves with Habitat AmeriCorps in Los Angeles. Her Habitat journey has given her the opportunity to lead and recruit countless volunteers, build homes with families and make a difference.

AmeriCorps Alum Profile | Crystal Fisher – “Hooked on helping people”
VIDEO – As a single mother, Crystal raised her daughter while serving on a construction site with Habitat AmeriCorps. Now as an alum, she continues her lifetime of service to others with The Community Home Trust. 

AmeriCorps Profile | Kyle Shillington – “Completely changed my life”
VIDEO – One week changed his life. After graduating, Kyle spent a week volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and was inspired to keep serving others through Habitat and AmeriCorps. Hear how service has helped him learn new skills and, most importantly, empowered him to positively change others’ lives.

AmeriCorps Alum Profile | Gina Leckron – “I fell in love with service”
VIDEO – Meet Gina, an AmeriCorps alum from the mid-1990s and current state director for Habitat for Humanity of Indiana. Hear how service changed her life and how AmeriCorps gave her the opportunity to find a career path she loves.

Life of Service | Neal Pointer
VIDEO – “Life of Service” is the story of AmeriCorps VISTA alum and Army veteran Neal Pointer. Pointer shares his unique perspective on service and why he chose to continue to serve his country through AmeriCorps VISTA.

AmeriCorps member blog: “Inspired and encouraged”
BLOG – AmeriCorps member Katie Manzullo-Thomas describes her MLK Day of Service 2014 experience with Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area and reflects on the importance and impact of the holiday.

AmeriCorps Alum Profile | Heather Hardy – “An excellent way to give back”
VIDEO – Meet AmeriCorps NCCC alum Heather Hardy and hear how service affected her and how it can impact your life.

Habitat for Humanity volunteers and AmeriCorps members to observe 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
PRESS RELEASE – (January 17, 2014) “The memory of Dr. King continues to inspire us all to come together to build stronger, healthier and more vibrant communities around the world,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “We thank everyone volunteering with us for helping to honor Dr. King’s legacy on the upcoming day of service.”


AmeriCorps Profile | George Davis – “I love this”
VIDEO – Working from his wheelchair, George leads volunteers on the construction site and continues to teach, build and inspire others to serve.

“This is something I like, helping people”
“When I got out of the Marines in June, I was in a Wounded Warrior Battalion. A lot of the guys there were wondering what we were going to do afterward. We were wondering who would hire us. We didn’t know what was going happen.”

“The opportunity to serve my country again”
BLOG – Vietnam veteran Neal Pointer became an AmeriCorps VISTA member with Habitat to help serve fellow veterans and their families.

Firsthand reports and photos from the 2013 Build-a-Thons
Read stories and meet the people who served at the 2013 AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon. The events were held in partnership with Pensacola Habitat for Humanity (Pensacola, Fla.), Habitat’s Veterans Build on the Mall (Washington, D.C.), Habitat for Humanity of Seattle-King County (Washington), Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity (St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin) and Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter Florida (Eustis, Fla.).

A tribute to those who serve
SLIDESHOW – Images from the Veterans Build on the Mall, an AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon 2013 partner event. June 2013.


Habitat AmeriCorps: People, Places and Service | Build-a-Thon 2012
VIDEO – Share in the experience of the 2012 AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon with AmeriCorps members, alumni and Habitat partner families. The AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon is an annual event which brings Habitat AmeriCorps members together to help meet the needs of partner communities and celebrate the service of our members.