In a world where unity and service pave the way for transformative change, the collaboration between Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps stands as an example of collective effort in action. Our partnership with AmeriCorps elevates our mission to new heights as we work tirelessly to build homes, communities, and hope. At its core, AmeriCorps embodies the very essence of civic engagement and volunteerism –empowering individuals from all walks of life to dedicate their time and skills towards addressing some of society's most pressing challenges.
What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs in the United States that focuses on addressing critical needs within communities across the country. AmeriCorps members commit to a specific period of service, usually one year, during which they work with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and other community-based groups to carry out projects and initiatives that directly benefit the community they serve.
How Do AmeriCorps Members Support Habitat for Humanity?
Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley is fortunate to have AmeriCorps members serving both through the National Direct Program and the VISTA Program. National Direct service members support Habitat’s efforts by leading crews on our construction sites, working with staff and volunteers to build and renovate affordable homes in our communities. Our AmeriCorps VISTA members, meanwhile, bolster our office staff by helping our affiliate build critical capacity that helps us build – and serve – more.
Responsibilities can include:
● Home repairs
● Recruiting and coordinating volunteers
● Community engagement
● Assisting future home applicants
● Supporting our development team
AmeriCorps members receive training related to construction techniques, safety protocols, and any specialized skills required for their role - no experience is necessary.
How Can You Apply?
As much as Habitat benefits from our incredible AmeriCorps members, many of them say they also walk away with plenty gained from the experience – new skills, new perspectives, and new connections to last a lifetime. Want to join this incredible crew? You can apply through the AmeriCorps website or directly on our website.
Members receive a modest stipend for their service, along with health insurance and an education award that can be used for tuition or student loans upon completing their service term.
As AmeriCorps members work side by side with our staff and volunteers,
we can see community taking shape, transcending geographic boundaries and cultural differences. Their commitment to addressing critical societal needs aligns seamlessly with Habitat for Humanity's vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. It's a partnership that transforms not just physical spaces, but lives, fostering connections that will resonate for years to come.
Let the story of our partnership serve as an invitation—for every individual, every community—to join in the symphony of service, where the music of shared purpose guides us towards a more inclusive, equitable world. AmeriCorps members take compassion and transform it into action – and help transform lives in the process.