AMERICUS, Ga. (August 28, 2007) – Habitat for Humanity International recently received one of three grants awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The grants are to be used to attract skilled workers to volunteer in the Gulf Coast region to help revitalize communities devastated by the hurricanes of 2005. Out of a total $900,000 awarded, Habitat received $372,946.
The grant is part of the Skilled Service in the Gulf initiative, the Corporation’s commitment to assisting with Gulf Coast rebuilding efforts. To date, Habitat has begun construction or completed more than 1,100 homes in its program to help low-income families recovering from hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Habitat affiliates in the Gulf Coast will compete for $220,000 in funds through a grant process that will provide grants, ranging from $3,000 to $20,000, to assist with recruiting skilled volunteers from across the country. Additionally, Habitat will host four one-week construction leader training sessions for 200 skilled volunteers. During each session, skilled volunteers will receive training on managing other volunteers and will build a house, as part of the training, with the participating Gulf Coast affiliate. Participants will also commit to returning to the Gulf Coast to volunteer within two years of their training.
“The Corporation for National and Community Service has been an important partner with Habitat for Humanity for many years enabling our affiliates to engage more volunteers, build capacity and serve more families,” said Larry Gluth, Habitat’s vice president of U.S. operations. “This Skilled Service in the Gulf grant supports our current efforts and allows Habitat to increase its skilled leadership presence. We deeply value the commitment and partnership of the Corporation for National and Community Service and appreciate the resources it has extended to Habitat through the years.”
Habitat has a strong relationship with the agency’s AmeriCorps program, which has worked with Habitat since 1994. Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps members serve 11-month terms constructing houses with Habitat affiliates and have performed more than 5 million hours of service. Recently, 500 AmeriCorps members participated in a blitz build of 20 houses with Gulf Coast-area families displaced by the hurricanes.
Xavier University of Louisiana and Rebuilding Together Inc. are the other two grant recipients.
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 225,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org .
About the Corporation for National and Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. Each year, the corporation provides opportunities for more than 2 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds to serve their communities and country through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America. More than 35,000 national service participants have provided more than 2 million hours of service in the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, gutting thousands of homes, providing food and shelter, helping reopen schools, and playing a key role in supervising the more than 550,000 volunteers who have served in the Gulf. For more information, visit http://www.nationalservice.gov .