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By: Nicole Stanek

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Note: This post originally appeared on Habitat for Humanity’s blog.

I’ve seen big builds, small builds and everything in between. Habitat for Humanity’s annual AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon is one event I’ve always looked forward to.

Each Build-a-Thon provides unique opportunities and experiences, but all have an incredible sense of community that is palpable to those involved. As a Habitat AmeriCorps member, I helped rebuild Cedar Rapids in 2010 alongside more than 500 serving AmeriCorps members. In Pensacola, Florida, I watched the Blue Angels soar above us as 51 AmeriCorps members built homes, and I was thrilled to return to the U.S. Gulf Coast as an AmeriCorps alum in 2015 to serve as a host site manager during the Katrina 10-year-anniversary Build-a-Thon in New Orleans.

My time with Habitat solidified my desire to serve others and pursue a career in the nonprofit sector. AmeriCorps helped me grow from a newly minted college graduate to a competent professional with coordination, management and program development experience. After two years of service, I accepted a position as volunteer coordinator at St. Vrain Habitat in Longmont, Colorado.

I was serving in that capacity when the historic floods of September 2013 destroyed 220 homes and damaged 1,300 more. I am proud to have been a part of the team that stepped up to help those affected. I knew firsthand the impact that AmeriCorps members can make in a community recovering from disaster, and I knew we needed to recruit AmeriCorps members to help grow our capacity to address our community’s increased need for affordable housing.

And we did. With help from AmeriCorps members (some on site, some in our office and ReStore) and partnerships with other organizations, St. Vrain Habitat quadrupled our volunteer capacity and helped repair 21 homes in response to the flood. We are currently on track to complete eight new homes, thanks in part to this year’s AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon event.

May 27, 2016

By: Nicole Stanek

Note: This post originally appeared on Habitat for Humanity’s blog.

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National Military Appreciation Month: Meet the veterans that are healing the Earth

This post originally appeared on the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps blog.

Matt West is a U.S. Navy veteran who, last December, completed his second full-time term in VetsWork: Environment, a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) program which supports career development for veterans seeking a civilian career in natural resources/public lands management.  

Matt served with the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), where he engaged other veterans in service opportunities that restore the natural environment of the South Puget Sound/Joint Base Lewis McCord Area.  Matt designed an internship program for veterans with a community partner, the Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM) that has helped over 25 veterans develop job skills in the environmental restoration sector. His program has doubled in size in its second year.

Matt is passionate about helping other veterans connect with the natural world.  He believes there is a mutual benefit when working on restoration projects.  Obviously the land reaps the benefits of people working to improve the sustainability of our resources.  Equally important for Matt, though, are the personal and potentially therapeutic impacts for members.  Matt describes it this way, “By offering veterans a chance to heal the Earth I have witnessed incredible transitions of incredible people doing incredible work.”

May 26, 2016




Matt West is a U.S. Navy veteran who, last December, completed his second full-time term in VetsWork: Environment, a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) program which supports career development for veterans seeking a civilian career in natural resources/public lands management.  

Matt served with the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), where he engaged other veterans in service opportunities that restore the natural environment of the South Puget Sound/Joint Base Lewis McCord Area.  Matt designed an internship program for veterans with a community partner, the Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM) that has helped over 25 veterans develop job skills in the environmental restoration sector. His program has doubled in size in its second year.

Matt is passionate about helping other veterans connect with the natural world.  He believes there is a mutual benefit when working on restoration projects.  Obviously the land reaps the benefits of people working to improve the sustainability of our resources.  Equally important for Matt, though, are the personal and potentially therapeutic impacts for members.  Matt describes it this way, “By offering veterans a chance to heal the Earth I have witnessed incredible transitions of incredible people doing incredible work.”

May 26, 2016

By: Tim Smith

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Mike Sullivan wasn’t sure what to expect when he emerged from his basement on May 22, 2011. Underground, all he and his two roommates could do was listen and wonder if the noises that they were hearing were really of a tornado. Above ground, a neighbor explained he had only heard “that noise” once before – during the deadly 1966 tornado in Topeka, Kansas.

As a Kansas native born 30 years after that tornado, Mike was new to “that noise.” He moved to Joplin in 2007 as a Missouri Southern State University student because of their famous Drumline team, but had since become part of this tight-knit community. Now, they marched through their neighborhood unsure exactly where they were. Street signs, landmarks – all gone, removing anything familiar from their view.

What would become familiar in the weeks and months and years to follow was the St. Bernard Project (SBP). Shortly after the storm, Rebuild Joplin opened its doors, staffed by AmeriCorps members serving with SBP. “The amazing work that they did in my community was incredible,” Mike said. But it would be two hears before he had a personal interaction with them.

May 26, 2016

By Agnes Chavez

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I am in my second year serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member, with a mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. We make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. I am also part of a growing demographic of ‘older adults’ serving within AmeriCorps VISTA. Add to the mix that I am also an artist contributing a unique skill set that is not normally associated with AmeriCorps VISTA service and you might be asking, so how is that working out?

Why the Arts?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2018 New Mexico will need to fill 53,000 STEM-related jobs. To address this, STEM to STEAM is an initiative to add art and design to the agenda of STEM education and research in America. A recent rewrite of the nation’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) legislation will now integrate the arts into STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math). According to the latest research, for students to be prepared and job ready in the new economy, creativity and innovation are just as essential as reading and math.

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