AmeriCorps members’ reflections can be seen in the water pooling in the foundations of a house in Renton, Washington. This rainy day was one of many productive ones, as more than 400 Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps members from 37 states participated in the annual Build-a-Thon. This year’s Build-a-Thon events were hosted by Habitat affiliates in Eustis, Fla.; St. Croix Falls, Wis.; Seattle; Pensacola, Fla.; and Washington, D.C.
The events help raise awareness, build morale and celebrate something special. “We’ve had these young superstars building with us all week,” says Habitat Seattle-King County CEO Kirk Utzinger. “Half of them don’t know yet what they want to do with their lives. But they know that caring about somebody other than themselves is the right way to go through life.”
Build-a-Thon work focused primarily on neighborhood revitalization efforts and included new house construction, rehabilitation of existing homes and minor home repairs, as well as community service projects in partnership with local organizations.
Photo by Ezra Millstein