Beginning in August, we will have three AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leader positions available to handle construction site supervisor responsibilities. This is a great opportunity to gain new skills and expertise, develop new relationships and give back to our community. APPLY & LEARN MORE: https://goo.gl/CJf1ig
In addition to the gift of being able to actively strengthen their communities, over 80% of all AmeriCorps alumni say that the AmeriCorps program has benefited their career. Read three AmeriCorps member testimonials below.
“I have learned lessons for a lifetime and am proud to be apart of my Habitat community; helping families get safe, decent, and affordable housing.”
“When I was accepted into the Habitat for Humanity future homeowner program in May 2016, I had never swung a hammer in my life. I started doing my sweat equity hours on the construction sites and fell in love. I felt such a great sense of accomplishment helping others build their houses and achieve their goals of being a homeowner. When my hours were completed a short time later, I knew my journey with habitat was far from over. I was informed about the Americorps program and instantly knew it would be the next stepping stone in my life.”
While attending a Build-A-Thon of 10 homes in 2 weeks in Des Moines, Iowa, Mike Russell expressed his feelings about Americorps, “I feel honored to be a part of this work, and I ask you to pray for God’s blessing on the final two days of our labor here in Iowa (we have a lot to do!)”
The Build-A-Thon in Des Moines, Iowa, will turn ten vacant lots on a street in the Birdland area into safe, affordable, and decent homes.
The location of this project is in an area which was flooded in 1993 and 2008; the second flood ruined the homes of hundreds of families. Millions of federal and state dollars have been spent to strengthen the levy system.
The first wave of workers did the framing, roof, and siding in Week One. Our group arrived last Sunday to take the baton. Interior projects including doors, kitchen cabinets, flooring, caulking and painting have been left for us. Exterior work includes digging to attach skirts, building porches and storage sheds, caulking and painting. We are working side-by-side with the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, civic leaders and business owners, and other wonderful members of the community. Prayers are offered every morning at the site by clergy and staffers of the local affiliate blessing in Jesus’ name before the 127 AmeriCorps and the other volunteers start the day.
At our orientation Sunday night, we were introduced to the ten families which will occupy the homes that are being finished this week. It was moving to hear their expressions of gratitude and hopes for the future. Their homes will be dedicated this weekend, a time for all of us who believe to give thanks to God for His grace and loving-kindness.
God bless you!
“Being an AmeriCorps member has given me the opportunity to do what means the most to me, to help make the world a better place.”
“It has allowed me to reflect upon all the blessings that I have in my life and to want others to have all that they may want and need. I want to be remembered as someone that served Charlotte County Habitat and the future homeowners and families with a happy heart and a warm spirit. Lastly, I would do it all over again to see the smiles on the faces of the families as we dedicate their homes!”
Again, for more information on how you can become involved with Charlotte County Habitat and the Americorps program, CLICK HERE.