Habitat for Humanity hosts AmeriCorps volunteers to build community

May 14, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. May 14, 2011

Habitat for Humanity of East King County is joining another Habitat affiliate to host more than 60 AmeriCorps members to build homes near Issaquah and elsewhere.

During the weeklong event, 42 Habitat for Humanity International AmeriCorps members participate in construction and community surveying at the La Fortuna construction site. In addition, 25 AmeriCorps members plan to assist at a Habitat site in Seattle. The effort runs from May 16-20.

The event marks the first time Habitat for Humanity International has chosen the Northwest for the annual AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon.

“We are excited to be a 2011 Habitat for Humanity Build-a-Thon host,” Tom Granger, Habitat for Humanity of East King County executive director, said in a release.  “The national service members make a difference every day in the communities they serve, and their work is going to have a lasting impact for affordable homeownership in King County.”

The buildathon also focuses on the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative — a program to serve families in need of critical home repair, rehabilitation, weatherization and other housing upgrades.

Larry Gluth, Habitat for Humanity International senior vice president for the United States and Canada, and a former board member for the local Habitat affiliate, praised the role AmeriCorps members play in construction efforts.

“Our AmeriCorps members consistently play a pivotal role in the operations of more than 140 Habitat locations across the country, and their collective efforts have helped thousands of families obtain the dream of homeownership this year alone,” he said in a release. “We are truly grateful for their service.”

Habitat volunteers traveling to King County for the buildathon hail from 21 affiliates across seven states.

The buildathon occurs at the same time as National AmeriCorps Week. The event, observed May 14-21, is set aside to highlight the impact AmeriCorps members make every day in communities throughout the United States.

Since 1994, more than 5,000 AmeriCorps members have helped Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country.

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