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Twin Cities Habitat Awarded funding for 22 AmeriCorps Positions

Blake MacKenzie
Posted by Blake MacKenzie on 9:53 AM on July 3, 2017

We are thrilled to announce that Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity has received $247,108 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service programs.

This investment will support 26 AmeriCorps members total—22 at Twin Cities Habitat, and an additional 4 who will serve with other Habitat affiliates throughout Minnesota. AmeriCorps members in our program serve in three, six, or twelve-month positions. Without their dedicated service, Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country would struggle to meet the needs of their communities.

Most AmeriCorps members at Twin Cities Habitat serve as Construction Volunteer Facilitators. They’re the ones working directly with the volunteers, homebuyer families, Habitat staff, and professional subcontractors who build Habitat homes across the seven-county metro area. Other AmeriCorps members work with volunteers or community members in an office setting.

The funding for 2017-18 will equip more AmeriCorps members to get things done with Habitat. Together with the other Habitat AmeriCorps members around the country, they’ll contribute 595,000 hours of service toward building or improving Habitat homes in 125 communities in partnership with 1,700 homeowners.

Here’s what a few of our current AmeriCorps members say about their experience:

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The absolute best part of the AmeriCorps program is the team. I've met some amazing people who are now some of my best friends. You'll meet good people, do good work, and maybe you'll come out the other end with some idea of where you want to be. I've gotten a sense of purpose from this work.

-Matt Benson, AmeriCorps Construction Volunteer Facilitator

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My favorite part of the program so far has been the opportunity to connect with residents and other community organizations. Neighborhood Revitalization work depends on these kinds of connections, and they make our work deeper and more meaningful. I’m grateful for the chance to build relationships not only with other Habitat staff members, but also with those who are most impacted by our work.

-Shannon Twiss, AmeriCorps Resident Outreach Coordinator

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My favorite part of the build has actually been our neighbors. I have a picture of the chair and crown I set up for our older neighbor Pat so he could watch the build. It's great to feel like we're joining a supportive neighborhood.

-Sarah Weatherman, AmeriCorps Construction Volunteer Facilitator

While our AmeriCorps program is funded through 2018, the future of AmeriCorps is in jeopardy. The White House’s recent budget blueprint proposes drastic cuts to federal programs, like AmeriCorps, that are critical in our mission to make decent, affordable shelter for all people a matter of conscience. You can help protect these programs by taking a minute to email your members of Congress and let them know that these programs are vital to Habitat’s ability to partner with families and communities.

We’re currently recruiting for year-long AmeriCorps positions! AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance, education award for a full year of service, health insurance, affordable housing (limited availability), plenty of Habitat and AmeriCorps swag, and more! If you’re looking for a position that is fun, develops leadership skills, and makes a positive impact in your community, AmeriCorps is for you.

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Tags: News and Events, AmeriCorps, 2017

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