GULFPORT, MS (March 9, 2015) – Habitat for Humanity of the MS Gulf Coast will honor the extraordinary impact the AmeriCorps members and alumni make on the MS Gulf Coast and across the nation every day by celebrating their contributions and commitment to improving communities during AmeriCorps Week, March 9-13.
Habitat MS Gulf Coast has relied upon the service and dedication of AmeriCorps members to help serve families since 2005 following the devastation from Hurricane Katrina. The AmeriCorps members have built new homes and rehabbed existing homes; provided education to individuals on HFHMGC’s programs and services including the home buying process and financial literacy and recruited and managed volunteers to help build and rehab homes. Since 2005, HFHMGC has hosted 89 AmeriCorps members.
“Our AmeriCorps members are vital to our success,” said Adele Lyons, HFHMGC Director of Development. “They play a key role in working with volunteers and homeowners. We truly thank them for their service.”
AmeriCorps members serving in the Construction Department are Rae Billiot, Genie Talbert, Jordan Wood and Steven Bailey. Colby Shaw is serving with the Client Services Department and Angela Thomas is serving with the Volunteer Services Department.
AmeriCorps members serving with Habitat for Humanity of the MS Gulf Coast affiliate are part of a larger network of Habitat AmeriCorps members. Last year alone, 500 Habitat AmeriCorps members helped to serve 2,600 families in over 140 communities spread across 35 states. To do this they contributed over 1 million hours of service, mobilized over 220,000 volunteers to build, weatherize or repair homes and raised nearly $2.4 million for local house building and community development efforts.
To date, more than 8,000 AmeriCorps members have helped Habitat serve more than 20,000 families, engaged more than 3.1 million volunteers and raised tens of millions of dollars to meet the housing needs of families in the U.S.
About Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast
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 900 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.