Habitat for Humanity Celebrates AmeriCorps Week!

By Adele Lyons

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Adele Lyons, Director of Development and Communication
228-678-9122 office
228-313-3841 cell
alyons@hfhmgc.org

Austin Coomer, Volunteer Services Manager
228-678-9100 ext. 1002 office
228-234-9079 cell
acoomer@hfhmgc.org

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY CELEBRATES AMERICORPS WEEK

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Top, Left to Right: Ryan Clemo, Jimmie Webb, Jermaine Long, Kat DaSilva, Nolan Ryan. Bottom, Left to Right: Kenya Miniard, Joy Bouder, Genie Talbert, Matt Delcalzo, Darrell Meier, and Josh Norris.

Gulfport, MS (March 14, 2012) – Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast (HFHMGC) will celebrate AmeriCorps Week with a reception to thank the 11 current AmeriCorps members serving with the organization.  On Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 3:30 pm, the staff of 31 will gather with the members to recognize their efforts to build affordable housing on the Gulf Coast and their commitment to national service.  During this event, Habitat will also recognize the 9 current staff members who are alumni of the AmeriCorps program.

The eleven members currently serving are:

• Joshua Morris works in the Construction Department and is serving his 2nd AmeriCorps term.  He attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
• Darrel Meier works in the Construction Department and is serving his 1st term.  He attended the University of Southern Mississippi.
• Nolan Corlett works in the Construction Department and is serving his 1st term.  He attended Indiana University.
• Jimmie Webb works in the Construction Department and is serving his 2nd term.
• Jermaine Long works in the Construction Department. He served a term with Habitat Bay Waveland and is serving his 1st term with HFHMGC.
• Joy Bouder works in the Construction Department and is serving her 1st AmeriCorps term.  She attended Mississippi State University.
• Genie Talbert works in the Construction Department.  She is serving her 1st AmeriCorps term.  She attended Blue Mountain College, University of Mississippi and Loyola University in New Orleans.
• Ryan Clemo works in the Construction Department.  He is serving his 1st term and attended Kutztown University.
• Kenya Miniard works in the Development Department as the AmeriCorps VISTA Veterans Outreach Specialist.  This is her 2nd AmeriCorps term.
• Matt Delcalzo works in the Construction Department.  He served 1 year with Hands On Mississippi and is serving his 1st term with HFHMGC.
• Kat DaSilva works in the Construction Department.  She served 1 year with Hands On Mississippi and is serving her 1st term with HFHMGC.  She attended Albertus Magnus College.

Nine members of the Habitat for Humanity staff are alumnus of the AmeriCorps program.  They are:
• Heidi Schattin worked with HFHMGC Pre Construction Assistant in 2009 & 2010.  She is currently the Sustainable Building Specialist.
• Denise Rybak worked with the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) in 2007, City Year in 2008 and HFHMGC in construction in 2009 & 2010. She is currently a Construction Supervisor.
• Paul Waters worked with National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) in 2001&2002 and with HFHMGC in construction in 2010.  He is currently a Construction Supervisor.
• Brad Holland worked with the Bayou Area Habitat for Humanity in construction in 2006 & 2007 and with HFHMGC in construction in 2007 & 2008.  He is currently a Construction Supervisor.
• Gregg Hewins worked with Habitat for Humanity Madison County, KY in 2005 & 2006 and HFHMGC in construction in 2006 and 2007.  He currently is a Construction Supervisor.
• Doug Fowler worked with HFHMGC as a VISTA working in Pre-Construction in 2007 and 2008.  He is currently the Planning and Design Manager.
• Austin Coomer worked with HFHMGC as a Volunteer Services Specialist in 2009 & 2010.  She is currently the Volunteer Services Manager.
• Chris Monforton worked for Habitat for Humanity North Carolina in 1999.  He is currently the Chief Executive Officer.
• Flower Robinson worked for Literacy Leaders of America in 1998 & 1999.  She is currently the Office Specialist / Receptionist.

Governor Phil Bryant has signed a proclamation recognizing March 10-18, 2012 as AmeriCorps Week, a nationwide campaign dedicated to promoting and recognizing the accomplishments and success of current and former AmeriCorps members. More than 12,000 national service members currently serve in Mississippi’s colleges and universities, K-12 schools, municipalities, faith-based organizations, and nonprofits, including Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  The theme for 2012’s AmeriCorps Week is “AmeriCorps Works,” and it does—in Mississippi and across the nation—by providing valuable on-the-job experience as AmeriCorps members fulfill locally-identified unmet needs in Mississippi communities.

Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast is currently recruiting AmeriCorps members to begin their term in August 2012.  Resumes should be submitted to Austin Coomer at acoomer@hfhmgc.org or call (228) 678-9100 ext. 1002 for more information.  AmeriCorps offer participants one or two years of living wages, educational scholarships, a housing subsidy, paid holidays and sick leave, health insurance and other benefits.

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About HFHMGC
Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast was formed in January 2007 when Harrison County HFH and HFH of Jackson County merged organizations. Since then, HFHMGC has incorporated Stone County into its service area and has constructed or repaired more than 485 homes. HFHMGC works in partnership with community stakeholders to create innovative, sustainable housing solutions by empowering all members of our community to actively participate in creating opportunity for people to transform their own lives. To learn more, visit www.hfhmgc.org.

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