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Hundreds of AmeriCorps Members To Join In ‘Build-a-thon’

Hundreds of AmeriCorps Members To Join In ‘Build-a-thon’

AMERICUS, Ga., April 24, 2002 - Hundreds of Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps members from all over the country will head to Jacksonville, Fla., next month for a house “build-a-thon” sponsored in partnership with the HabiJax and Jacksonville Beaches affiliates.

On May 13-17, more than 300 AmeriCorps members will serve on 20 houses, doing everything from constructing the frames and installing the roofs to hanging the front doors. While in Jacksonville, the AmeriCorps builders will stay in dorm housing on the University of North Florida campus. Food for the annual event is being donated.

“At a time when so many people are struggling to find a way to help others, this is a fantastic opportunity for AmeriCorps members to lend a helping hand to people who are in need of a simple, decent, affordable place to live,” said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International. “Because of their efforts, 20 families will now have homes of their own and their children will grow up in a safe, nurturing environment.”

“AmeriCorps members do great things in many areas,” commented Leslie Lenkowsky, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers AmeriCorps. “I’m particularly proud of our long and fruitful partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Habitat is determined to put an end to inadequate housing, and AmeriCorps members have been helping to achieve that goal since 1994.”

Among the diverse crowd of AmeriCorps members who will be participating - some from as far as Seattle, Wash., and New York City - is Timothy Clayton, an AmeriCorps member who serves with Habitat for Humanity at the group’s headquarters in Americus, Ga.

“It gives me the opportunity to do more for Habitat during the year I’m here,” said Clayton, referring to his one-year tenure with AmeriCorps. “Habitat is an organization that I think makes the world a better place, which is why I’m glad to be a part of it.” Clayton graduated from Rollins College in central Florida in 1998 and took a job in the corporate world as a cost analyst. He left that job and joined AmeriCorps last year because he wanted to make a difference through service.

For more information on volunteer opportunities with Habitat for Humanity, log on to www.habitat.org.

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to building quality, affordable housing for the poor. Founded by Millard Fuller and his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 2,000 communities in 83 nations have built and sold more than 100,000 homes to partner families through no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.