Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna will host two AmeriCorps VISTA members who will serve locally during the 2013-14 service year.
Throughout the year, AmeriCorps VISTA member Joel Stetson and Cara Middendorf will work in strengthening Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna's partnerships in the community.
Stetson will be working with faith-based groups and said, "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be serving with HFH Susquehanna as an AmeriCorps VISTA. I'm looking forward to a great year of working with as many Harford and Cecil county congregations and schools as I can."
Middendorf will be working on responding to community needs through the neighborhood revitalization initiative. She said, "I am looking forward to making ripples of change in communities throughout Harford and Cecil County, through outreach, partnerships and local engagement of resources."
AmeriCorps members serving with Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna will join more than 400 others placed in more than 100 communities nationwide. These members are anticipated to serve more than 1,500 families, provide more than 650,000 hours of service and engage more than 300,000 volunteers in local community building efforts.
"For nearly 20 years, Habitat for Humanity has relied on the talents and skills of AmeriCorps members to help us build even more homes in partnership with low-income families," said Mark Andrews, Habitat for Humanity International's vice president of volunteer and institutional engagement. "Whether it's mobilizing volunteers, helping communities recover after a disaster or engaging families and veterans, AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA members are a crucial component in Habitat's work."
Since Habitat partnered with the Corporation for National and Community Service in 1994, more than 7,000 AmeriCorps members have served with Habitat for Humanity. These individuals have helped Habitat serve more than 17,000 U.S. families, contributed more than 13 million hours of service, raised tens of millions of dollars in cash and in-kind resources and engaged more than 2.8 million volunteers.
For more information or to learn how to get involved, visit http://www.habitat.org/americorps or http://www.nationalservice.gov.