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AmeriCorps members join Habitat for Humanity for its annual Build-a-Thon


Nick Zolle (top, white helmet) gives a safety briefing at a Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity build site in Washington state. As part of Habitat for Humanity’s 2013 AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon, Zolle is supervising construction on the affiliate’s most ambitious build to date, an environment friendly community of 30 cottage-style houses on 7 acres.

ATLANTA (May 16, 2014) — Spotlighting the importance of national service to communities across the U.S., more than 400 Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps members will gather in Des Moines, Iowa; Raleigh, N.C.; and St. Croix, Wis., to build and repair homes during Habitat for Humanity’s annual AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon, May 18 – 24.

Throughout the week, AmeriCorps members and volunteers will build 10 new homes and perform several critical home repairs in partnership with low-income families. In addition, AmeriCorps members will partner with local organizations and volunteers on community service projects.

“The AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon has become a great asset in helping Habitat bring awareness to the need for decent and affordable housing in the U.S.,” said Mark Andrews, Habitat for Humanity International’s vice president, volunteer and institutional engagement. “Our AmeriCorps members have proven to be a tremendous force in helping to alleviate poverty housing and we cannot thank them enough for the service and commitment they have demonstrated for the past 20 years.”

Habitat for Humanity and the Corporation for National and Community Service have been in partnership since 1994. In 20 years, more than 8,000 AmeriCorps members have worked with Habitat for Humanity to serve nearly 20,000 U.S. families – resulting in more than 13 million hours of service. In addition, AmeriCorps members have raised millions of dollars in donations and have engaged more than 3.1 million volunteers.

For more information about AmeriCorps or how to get involved, please visit www.habitat.org/americorps or www.americorps.gov.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer visit www.habitat.org

About the Corporation for National and Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the president’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov.