Greenville, SC July 27, 2018— Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County was recently awarded a Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) grant of $60,000 to support 5 Habitat AmeriCorps member positions for the 2018-2019 service year.
AmeriCorps members apply for and serve full-time at local Habitat organizations across the country helping thousands of families build strong and stable homes. Award funds go toward corps member allowances and program administrative costs.
During the 2018-2019 service year, Habitat AmeriCorps members are expected to contribute more than 600,000 hours of service toward building or improving Habitat homes in 130 communities nationwide, alongside future and existing homeowners and other volunteers.
In Greenville County, AmeriCorps members will work in new construction, ReStore, neighborhood revitalization, and family services and impact the lives of future homeowners and many other Greenville County residents.
“AmeriCorps is an invaluable asset as Habitat Greenville works to develop strength, stability and self-reliance in families in Greenville County. These talented individuals provide services that we could not afford otherwise,” Monroe Free, Habitat Greenville President/CEO said.
The Habitat AmeriCorps program, now in its 23rd year, demonstrates the effectiveness of a successful public-private partnership. Habitat for Humanity covers roughly half the cost of each service member, delivering results at a much lower cost than direct government services.
In 2017, Habitat AmeriCorps members served more than 5,800 individuals in 32 states and the District of Columbia, and provided nearly 900,000 hours of service and mobilized, trained and managed more than 226,000 volunteers in local community building efforts.
Despite these successes, the program risks being defunded. The budget released by the White House earlier this year included a proposal to eliminate the AmeriCorps program.
Habitat has strongly encouraged Congress to maintain funding for CNCS. Meeting the need would not be possible without the millions of volunteers who provide assistance through the organization.
About Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County
Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County opened its doors in 1985 to bring families, community partners and volunteers together to construct affordable, energy-efficient homes that help families build strength, stability and self-reliance. As of June 2018, Habitat Greenville has completed construction of 355 homes. Habitat Greenville received the 2017 Builder of the Year award from EarthCraft, and in recognition of financial health, accountability and transparency, maintains a 4-Star Charity status by Charity Navigator and a Silver Star rating from Guidestar.
Habitat Greenville ReStores are located at 3033 Wade Hampton Boulevard in Taylors and 10017 Pelham Pointe in Simpsonville. Call 864-312-5016 for free donation pickups.
Learn more at www.habitatgreenville.org.
About the Corporation for National and Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is the federal agency for volunteering, service, and civic engagement. The agency engages millions of Americans in citizen service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation's volunteering and service efforts. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.