AmeriCorps builds for Habitat
Midcoast Habitat for Humanity welcomed its first ever crew of volunteers from AmeriCorps, a program of the U.S. federal government that engages adults in intensive community service work.
The group was in the Midcoast from Aug. 23 to Sept. 11.
Hailing from states across the country, the young men and women spent many days continuing construction on MHFH’s 25th partner home at Deer Run in Thomaston, and gave some much-needed cleaning and organizing to the ReStore on Route 90 in Rockport. Thomaston’s St. John Baptist Church housed the crew and provided a place for a potluck meal that was attended by the team as well as MHFH Board members and church volunteers.
After nearly three weeks of volunteering, the AmeriCorps crew departed for their next assignment, but a second team arrives Sept. 21.
“We’re thrilled to have the energy, commitment, and experience of these two AmeriCorps teams,” said Tia Anderson, executive director of MHFH, in a news release. “This year marks our second year of hosting volunteer groups ‘from away’ and it’s a great introduction to the Midcoast area for these young people as well as a wonderful opportunity for us to make progress on our projects.”
Anderson added that local volunteers are always welcome year-round to help complete the group’s 25th partner home, work at the retail ReStore, help weatherize low-income homes, or lend a hand on any number of Midcoast Habitat committees.
For more information on volunteering, ReStore hours, or to sign up for MHFH’s Hike for Habitat Oct. 5, go to midcoasthabitat.org , or call Tia Anderson at Midcoast Habitat at 236-6123.