Six AmeriCorps members serving with Habitat for Humanity of the MS Gulf Coast (HFHMGC) will travel to Talladega, Ala. to take part in the sixth annual Habitat for Humanity National Service Leadership Conference, Oct. 22-24. They will join nearly 400 of their AmeriCorps peers who serve with Habitat in more than 110 communities across the U.S. The group will depart from HFHMGC’s office at 10 am on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.
During the three-day conference, AmeriCorps members will have the opportunity to participate in workshops, facilitated discussions, team-building activities and other events presented and facilitated by experts from the fields of housing and service.
“I am looking forward to learning more about AmeriCorps and Habitat so I’ll have a better understanding of the programs while sharing experiences with others who are making great changes in their communities”, said Colby Shaw, Client Services AmeriCorps with Habitat for Humanity of the MS Gulf Coast.
In addition, nearly 50 AmeriCorps members will take part in the 2nd annual Service Project, held in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Talladega and Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center. AmeriCorps members and volunteers will work in partnership to paint, repair and landscape the homes of Talladega residents on Oct. 24.
This year’s event will also recognize and celebrate the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps and the Habitats partnership with the national service program. Habitat for Humanity was one of the first organizations to partner with AmeriCorps, inducting 122 members in the inaugural class. Since then, more than 7,000 individuals have served as AmeriCorps members with Habitat for Humanity, helping to meet the needs of more than 17,000 U.S. families, contributing more than 13 million hours of service, raising tens of millions of dollars in cash and in-kind resources and engaging more than 2.8 million volunteers.