Hundreds of Habitat AmeriCorps members kick off year of service

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americorps_logo-300x300ATLANTA (Oct. 21, 2014) – AmeriCorps members serving with Habitat for Humanity will kick off their year of service this week in Talladega, Alabama, during Habitat for Humanity International’s seventh annual National Service Leadership Conference.

The three-day conference, taking place Oct. 21-24, will provide nearly 400 
Habitat AmeriCorps members the opportunity to learn from housing and service experts during special workshops, team-building activities and facilitated discussions, giving them the knowledge they need to help serve in more than 110 communities in the U.S.

“For the last 20 years, AmeriCorps members who have partnered with Habitat have enabled us to serve more families and transform communities,” said Peter Rumsey, Habitat for Humanity International’s director of national service. “Their continued support and commitment to furthering Habitat’s mission is incredible, and we look forward to another year of helping our partner families achieve the dream of homeownership with the help of their efforts.”

During the conference, AmeriCorps members will also participate in the third annual Service Project, held in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Talladega County and Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center. AmeriCorps members will work with community leaders and volunteers to paint, repair and landscape three area homes.

This year’s conference will also recognize and celebrate the 20th anniversary of Habitat’s partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that oversees the AmeriCorps program. Habitat for Humanity was one of the first organizations to partner with AmeriCorps, inducting 122 members in its inaugural class. Since then, more than 8,000 individuals have served as AmeriCorps members with Habitat for Humanity, helping more than 20,000 families in need of affordable housing, contributing more than 13 million hours of service, raising tens of millions of dollars in cash and in-kind resources and engaging more than 3.1 million volunteers.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer visit

About The Corporation for National and Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service each year through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and other programs; improves communities through the Social Innovation Fund; and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit

Local Homebuilder’s Donate Proceeds from Homearama

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Homearama check presentation

With the successful completion of this year’s Homearama (a large-scale, annual event where local home builders and designers construct and decorate model homes for the public to view), several local homebuilders and designers came together to donate proceeds from the event to Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity.  In total, the Home Building Association of Richmond donated $16,044 towards building safe, affordable housing in the Greater Richmond area. 
“The Home Building Association of Richmond chose Richmond Habitat for Humanity for our 2014 Homearama Charity Partner.  The Home Building Association works every day to protect the American Dream of Homeownership while Richmond Habitat for Humanity makes that dream come true for families experiencing hard times.  We couldn’t be happier with our partnership with Richmond Habitat for Humanity and the benefit of homeownership that our contribution will provide to a family in need.” said Craig Toalson, Chief Executive Officer of the Home Building Association of Richmond and planner of their annual Homearama event.
Donors include the Home Building Association of Richmond, iStar Residential, Young House Love, Ray A Williams Custom Homes, Biringer Builders, Becker & Calliott Marketing, Harring Construction Co., LifeStyle Builders & Developers, Inc., LeGault Homes, and Southern Traditions, LLC.
“We couldn’t be more grateful to everyone involved in this year’s Homearama event,” said Jane Helfrich, Chief Executive Officer at Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity, “Working alongside our fellow home builders and seeing the compassion they have for our community and our mission of providing affordable housing to hardworking families in our community is truly amazing!”
Funding from this year’s Homearama will be used to help Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity construct a home for a local partner family.



Home Depot Helps Richmond Habitat Repair Homes for Veterans

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10701933_10153109422748368_3610242332742067660_nRICHMOND, VA (September 10, 2014) – Volunteers from local Home Depot stores will help make repairs on the homes of two veterans in honor of September 11th through Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity’s Habitat for Heroes program. September 11th is the National Day of Service and Remembrance and encourages American’s to come together and make a difference in their community.


On this day, Team Depot will help to rehab a home for a US Army veteran who was recently deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. This veteran, his wife and their two young daughters will purchase their newly rehabbed home in November of this year through Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity’s Habitat for Heroes veteran’s homeownership program. They will pay an affordable, zero percent interest mortgage, making their dream of homeownership a reality.


Team Depot will also help to make critical health and safety home repairs to a home owned by a veteran of the US Army who served during the Vietnam War.


In January of 2014, The Home Depot Foundation granted Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity $150,000 to support and honor existing and retired military members and their families by offering affordable housing options and critical health and safety repair solutions. Funding from this award will also go towards the cost of repairing both of these homes.
“Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity and The Home Depot Foundation are deeply committed to providing affordable housing solutions to our service men and women, and their families,” said Jane V. Helfrich, CEO of Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity. “We are honored to serve those who have served our country and are grateful for the opportunities to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope.”