On March 17th and 18th, Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake and the Corporation for National and Community Service teamed up with more than 125 veterans, active duty military, and AmeriCorps members to help build and rehabilitate homes in Annapolis and Baltimore.
The build honored the “invaluable service to America that veterans and active duty military service and AmeriCorps members have contributed over the years,” said HFHC CEO Mike Mitchell. “It is an honor for me, our staff and our board members to work along with these outstanding public servants as they help to build houses in partnership with low-income families and also help to revitalize neighborhoods.”
The build was in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity International, HFHC’s umbrella organization. Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Patrick A. Corvington and Dr. Erwin Tan, Senior Corps Director and Strategic Advisor for Veterans and Military Families, joined the build on Friday afternoon.
“Whether going into harm’s way to preserve our way of life or meeting community needs here at home, service represents the best of the American spirit," said Corvington. “We are proud to join Habitat to highlight the extraordinary contributions of our nation’s veterans and active duty military. We look forward to working with Habitat and other organizations across the country to both serve veterans and military families and to tap the skills and talents of veterans in solving critical problems.”
Over the next year, AmeriCorps members will help develop a national program for Habitat for Humanity to engage more veterans into its efforts.
The homes being built in Annapolis are on historic Clay Street, where HFHC is putting the finishing touches on seven new homes. A similar build took place on Jefferson Street in East Baltimore.
CNCS has long supported Habitat for Humanity’s efforts to help improve housing in U.S. Since 1994, more than 5,000 AmeriCorps members have helped Habitat for Humanity build more than 12,500 homes. Last year alone, 657 AmeriCorps members served with Habitat at 187 sites, provided more than 1 million hours of service, raised $4.5 million in cash and in-kind donations, leveraged the support of nearly 200,000 community volunteers, and helped serve 3,642 Habitat partner families.
“Habitat couldn’t do what it does without AmeriCorps, without VISTA, without the Corporation for National and Community Service,” said Liz Blake, Senior Vice President of Habitat for Humanity International. “AmeriCorps is the unsung engine of Habitat for Humanity.”