In honor of service




View a slideshow of the Annapolis build.


By Liz Blake, Habitat for Humanity International’s senior vice president of government affairs, advocacy and legal

I had the honor of volunteering on a Habitat build site in March alongside men and women who serve their country. Veterans, active duty military and members of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps turned out in full force to help build and rehabilitate homes in partnership with Maryland’s Habitat Chesapeake.

The more than 100 volunteers hailed from different branches of the military and national service corps, but all came together to help transform families’ dreams of owning their own homes into reality. In Annapolis, volunteers added final touches to seven homes on the city’s historic Clay Street, and the scene was similar in East Baltimore. Patrick A. Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and Dr. Erwin Tan, director of Senior Corps and CNCS strategic advisor for veterans and military families, joined the work at the Annapolis site.

Not only did the day result in helping to build homes in partnership with Maryland families — it also kicked off an effort to get more military and National Service members involved in Habitat’s mission. We are thankful to these and all of our dedicated volunteers.