Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps
For over 20 years, more than 8,000 AmeriCorps members have served with Habitat for Humanity. These individuals have contributed more than 12 million hours of service, served over 20,000 U.S. families, raised tens of millions of dollars in cash and in-kind resources, and have mobilized millions of volunteers.
AmeriCorps provides an opportunity for individuals to serve full-time with Habitat for Humanity to help meet the housing needs of communities and families throughout the United States. Members can contribute in a variety of ways:
- Community Engagement
- Construction Crew Leadership
- Volunteer Leadership
- Resource Development
- New Program Development
AmeriCorps National- Serve for 10 months engaging directly with Habitat volunteers, partner families, and community members.
AmeriCorps VISTA- Serve for 12 months leveraging human, financial, and material resources to build long-term solutions to poverty.
Click here to learn more about the AmeriCorps program or to apply for a position.
The History of AmeriCorps
In 1963, President John F. Kennedy envisioned a national service corps “to help provide urgently needed services in urban and rural poverty areas.” Less than two years later, President Lyndon B. Johnson realized Kennedy's dream by launching the “War on Poverty.” Johnson welcomed the first group of 20 VISTA volunteers saying, “Your pay will be low; the conditions of your labor often will be difficult. But you will have the satisfaction of leading a great national effort and you will have the ultimate reward which comes to those who serve their fellow man.”
AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 40 years. AmeriCorps VISTA members live and serve in some of our nation’s poorest urban and rural areas. With passion, commitment, and hard work, they create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.