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AmeriCorps members and Habitat affiliates honor King legacy through service

ATLANTA (Jan. 13, 2009) – More than 600 Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps members and 150 Habitat affiliates will participate in various activities to benefit local communities during the 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

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AmeriCorps members lend a hand building a new Habitat home during the 2009 Americorps Build-a-Thon in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

 

AmeriCorps members from 36 states will volunteer in local communities and at Habitat affiliates across the country to recognize King’s legacy of service by furthering the nonprofit’s mission to eliminate poverty housing.

“Martin Luther King Jr. advanced the notion of the beloved community,” said Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International. “The MLK Day of Service reminds us that every citizen can contribute to revitalizing communities by participating in meaningful opportunities. Working together, side-by-side with our neighbors for the common good has a powerful effect, as we at Habitat for Humanity have seen for more than 30 years.”

The King Day of Service encourages involvement in projects that connect participants to ongoing service throughout the year.

The following is a sample of activities that will be hosted by Habitat in honor of Dr. King:

  • Habitat for Humanity of Birmingham, Alabama will help build a home in honor of Civil Rights Pioneers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Reverend Abraham Woods during the 2010 Unity Build. This commemorative construction project will be a four-week blitz build in East Avondale. Visit www.habitatbirmingham.org for more information.
  • Habitat for Humanity New York City will host its 11th Annual “Building on the Dream” salute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Saturday, January 16. Volunteers from faith groups will spend the Martin Luther King weekend building new Habitat NYC homes nearby on Hart Street, part of 16 new Habitat homes under construction in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Learn more at www.habitatnyc.org.
  • AmeriCorps members from Habitat for Humanity International administrative offices will spend the day working on beautification projects at the Chastain Memorial Park Conservancy as part of the Hands on Atlanta 17th Anniversary MLK Jr. Service Summit. For more information, visit www.handsonatlanta.org.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C., has invited 25 Air Force veterans and 35 members of the Interfaith group to volunteer on a build. For information or to volunteer, visit www.dchabitat.org.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Hands on Charlotte are partnering to host an MLK Day volunteer project focused on energy efficiency and weatherization. Volunteers will tackle nine energy-efficiency home projects, which will focus on repairing duct work, insulating attics and sealing air leaks. For more information, please visit www.habitatcharlotte.org or www.handsoncharlotte.org.

During the 2009 MLK Day of Service, 364 HFHI AmeriCorps members recruited 1,529 non-AmeriCorps volunteers. Together, they contributed 8,869 volunteer hours to projects, which benefited a total of 621,030 individuals.

Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service—a “day on, not a day off.” For a full list of volunteer opportunities for the 2010 MLK Day of Service, visit http://serve.gov/mlkda.

About Habitat for Humanity National Service Programs
Since 1994, Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps State, National Direct and 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.habitat.org/americorps or 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.

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, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.75 million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.habitat.org.