Service & Sweat: AmeriCorps Week 2024

A young woman in a blue hard hat and gray AmeriCorps tshirt stands on a ladder while framing.

Habitat Chesapeake celebrates HFHI AmeriCorps members who serve to build homes

 Did you join the AmeriCorps Week festivities this month? AmeriCorps Week is an annual celebration of the Americans who commit to change in their country through volunteerism. This year marks AmeriCorps’ 30th anniversary, and since its founding, more than 1.25 million service members and volunteers have stepped up to provide service all across the country – and Habitat Chesapeake is especially grateful to those that have served here in Baltimore and the surrounding counties.

At Habitat Chesapeake, HFHI AmeriCorps members serve 1700 hours across 10.5 months, providing critical support to our volunteers, construction, and administrative services. They receive a living stipend and educational grant upon completion of their term, along with a one-of-a-kind experience and leadership skills.

Habitat Chesapeake also hosts a unique group of AmeriCorps members: HabiCorps trainees. Through the HabiCorps Workforce Development program, a cohort of trainees receive hands-on training in construction skills to prepare them for a career in the trades.

This year, Habitat Chesapeake hosted a “Day of the A” build to wrap up AmeriCorps Week, with members from Maryland and Virginia coming all the way to Baltimore to help build homes on Church Street in Curtis Bay. Thank you Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. & Northern Virginia, Civic Works, and Volunteer Maryland for joining us and making the “Day of the A” a great day of getting things done! 

This week is also an opportunity to thank AmeriCorps alumni. Last year’s HFHI AmeriCorps members, Jessa and Kenny, celebrated their send-off just a few months ago. Jessa, hailing from New Jersey, served as a Volunteer Services Coordinator alongside the Habitat Chesapeake volunteer engagement department, and Kenny, a Baltimore local and HabiCorps graduate, served as a Construction Crew Leader, teaching volunteers home construction skills. Jessa and Kenny also both participated in the annual Build Blitz in Fort Hood, Texas, working alongside 123 AmeriCorps members from 56 host sites to build homes. They also served their communities on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and the 9/11 Day of Service. Check out the photos below!

While each of our HFHI AmeriCorps members have unique roles and responsibilities, both Jessa and Kenny embraced the true spirit of volunteerism and service by working alongside staff and volunteers to make Habitat’s mission come to life.

Join us in celebrating the service hours completed and countless smiles shared – thank you, AmeriCorps!

North Baltimore Presbyterians at Glenwood Ave in June 2023

Above: AmeriCorps alumni Brandon and Kenny pose outside a Habitat home in Baltimore County. Below: Check out some videos from AmeriCorps Week 2024 at Habitat Chesapeake!

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About Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake

Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake (www.habitatchesapeake.org) brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Since 1982, Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake has built more than 790 homes in 19 communities, providing a brighter future for 2,750+ children and family members. Homeownership is proven to transform lives – improving health, increasing children’s chances of academic success and offering an opportunity to build wealth across generations. Likewise, homeownership enhances neighborhoods by bringing tangible investment, engaged, long-term residents, rising property values and a sense of community.