By Kailey Redding
NEW AMERICORPS HELP HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF THE MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST SERVE MORE FAMILIES Gulfport, Miss (October 1, 2012)
â€“ Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast is pleased to welcome eighteen AmeriCorps members who have joined their dedicated staff and volunteers to help in Habitatâ€™s work to build and repair decent and affordable housing. Daphane Maxwell, Darrell Meier, Erik Delcalzo, Genie Talbert, Jen Brandon, Jermaine Long, Joshua Morris, Kailey Redding, Kat DaSilva, Kenya Miniard, Lauren Patanovich, Matt Delcalzo, Nancy Rodgers, Nolan Corlett, Paula Brown, Sarah Dixon, Teetra Harris and TJ Steussy-Williams have committed to serve full-time with HFHMGC over the next year. These members will serve the Gulf Coast in the construction field or in the office working with volunteers, veterans and working in media development. For a few this is their second, third and even fourth year serving. â€œI want to serve my country and community and to make a difference. I fell in love with the Gulf Coast and I feel that the Gulf Coast has a great need for Habitat and the work Habitat providesâ€ said Sarah Dixon, volunteer and now AmeriCorps member with HFHMGC. HFHMGCâ€™s new class of AmeriCorps come from all over. One is from the West Coast, San Diego, CA. Others are from the East Coast including Lyndhurst, NJ, Havre de Grace, MD, Naugatuck, CT, Hoosick Falls, NY, Barrington, NJ and Street, MD. Some of the AmeriCorps are from Mississippi, including Tupelo, Gulfport, Biloxi and Columbus. Other places the members are from include Portage, IN and New Castle, IN. AmeriCorps is a national service program managed by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Habitat for Humanity was one of the first organizations to partner with CNCS when AmeriCorps began in 1994, and this continued partnership has engaged more than 7,000 AmeriCorps members in support of Habitats mission and in the cause of adequate and affordable housing. â€œHabitat for Humanity has benefited from the dedicated service and tangible impact of AmeriCorps members in many waysâ€ said Peter Rumsey Jr., director of National Service at Habitat for Humanity International. â€œAmeriCorps members help us continually innovate our work in communities. Their impact is tremendous as they help Habitat serve more families.â€ Members serving with HFHMGC will join a network of more than 500 Habitat AmeriCorps members who are serving in more than 150 communities throughout the United States. Since 2011, AmeriCorps members have served more than 2,400 families, provided more than1 million hours of service, mobilized more than 200,000 volunteers and raised millions of dollars in cash and in-kind resources. Each year, tens of thousands of AmeriCorps members serve with organizations around the country to help meet the needs of local communities. For more information please visit www.habitat.org/americorps or www.americorps.gov. ### About Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast (HFHMGC) 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 500 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 About Habitat for Humanity International Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put Godâ€™s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org , or follow us at www.facebook.com/habitat or at www.twitter.com/habitat_org or join Habitatâ€™s blog community at www.habitat.org/blog . About The Corporation for National and Community Service The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, Social Innovation Fund, and other programs, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.