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Partners help make affordable housing possible during Habitat for Humanity’s AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (June 9, 2009) – Habitat for Humanity today announced its appreciation for the many partners that are making homeownership possible for low-income families during the 2009 Habitat AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon. Through material, volunteer labor and monetary donations, Habitat’s partners are committed to helping address the need for simple, decent and affordable housing.

“The remarkable support of our partners’ time, talent and resources allows Habitat for Humanity to continue to provide affordable housing,” said Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International. “I’m profoundly grateful for the support we receive as we not only build houses but raise awareness in Cedar Rapids and around the world.”

During the Build-a-Thon, more than 500 Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps National Direct and AmeriCorps VISTA members and alumni will help build 20 Habitat for Humanity houses in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Corporation for National and Community Service has enabled hundreds of Habitat AmeriCorps members to help build decent, affordable homes for Habitat partner families across the country. Kurt Warner, Quarterback of the National Football League’s Arizona Cardinals and a native of Cedar Rapids, raised money to support Iowa flood recovery efforts through his First Things First Foundation. Additionally, Kurt and his wife Brenda will help raise awareness by building with Habitat during the Build-a-Thon. Other major partners for the build include AEGON, the City of Cedar Rapids and Clarion Hotels.

“The support we’ve received for this year’s Habitat AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon will help us tremendously as we continue to offer affordable housing solutions as our community rebuilds following the devastating floods of 2008,” said Jeff Capps, executive director of Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity. “Our sponsors’ donations, whether monetary or material, help us build homes and empower families, and we are thankful for these gifts.”

Partners helping to make the 2009 Habitat AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon possible include

Acme Tool
Ahmann Design
Alliant Energy
Amana Colonies RV Park
American Red Cross
A-1 Rental
Arctic Glacier, Inc.
Cedar Rapids Area Home Builders Association
Cedar Rapids Lumber
Cedar Rapids Tent and Awning
City of Cedar Rapids
Corporation for National and Community Service
Clarion Hotel
Coe College
Cornell College
DRASH (DHS Systems LLC)
ESPN
Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines
Ferguson Enterprises
First Lutheran Church—Northwood, Iowa
First Things First Foundation
First United Methodist Church—Marion
Gatorade
Grainger Supply
Green Valley Ag and Turf
HD Youth Center
Habitat for Humanity of Iowa
Habitat RV Care-a-Vanners
The Home Depot
Horizons
Howard Johnson
Hupp Electric Motors
IBEWLU 405 Apprentices
Jim Miller Nissan
Kirkwood Community College
Legion Arts
Lowe’s
Mercy Medical Center
Mobile Mini
NeighborWoods
Nissan North America, Inc.
“Old Farts” Electricians
Overhead Door
Plumb Supply
Quaker
Rathje Construction
Regis Middle School
Rockwell Collins
RockStar
RSC Equipment Rental
Salem United Methodist Church
Sam’s Club
Jim Sattler
Schumacher’s Carpets
Signs, Etc.
Simpson Strong-tie
Schneider Electric
Summerfield Investments, LLC

Star Equipment
St. Luke’s Hospital
The Dow Chemical Company
Ticketmaster
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Trees Forever
Tropicana
U.S. Cellular
Valspar
Variety the Children’s Charity
Werner Ladder Co.
White Cap Tools
Whirlpool Corporation
Yale, and ASSA ABLOY group brand

About Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity
Cedar Valley Habitat works in partnership with God and people everywhere and from all walks of life to develop communities with people in need by building and renovating houses so there are decent houses in decent communities, where people can live and grow into all that God intended.

About Habitat for Humanity of Iowa
Habitat for Humanity of Iowa exists to serve Iowa affiliates through resource development, education and building public support. Habitat Iowa aims to eliminate poverty housing as a matter of social conscience by creating and facilitating partnerships between Habitat for Humanity affiliates and community partners, businesses and government at the state and federal level.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.

About Habitat for Humanity National Service Programs
Since 1994, Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps National Direct and AmeriCorps VISTA members have performed more than 5 million hours of service, engaged hundreds of thousands of volunteers and helped build more than 8,500 Habitat houses throughout the United States. For information about AmeriCorps programs, visit www.americorps.gov.

About the Corporation for National and Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. Each year, the Corporation engages four million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs. For more information, visit http://www.nationalservice.gov.