Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps

About Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps

Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps is a beloved and sought-after program for college graduates who want to experience a diverse and vibrant gap year with a nonprofit organization. Since 1994, our AmeriCorps members have served more than 18.6 million hours of service to tackle affordable housing needs in communities across the US. On any given day, you can find our AmeriCorps members, in sync with mentors, literally putting up walls to build homes, or rallying communities to #GetThingsDone. If you share our values and our enthusiasm to extend shiny sets of keys into the palms of families who need a hand up, you’ll have a fulfilling year with #HabitatAmeriCorps.


Member Development and Networking VISTA

November 2021 Atlanta, GA
“I served two terms with Habitat AmeriCorps--one as a Repair Program Development VISTA at an affiliate and my second as a Member Development and Networking VISTA at Habitat for Humanity International. I found my experiences with Habitat AmeriCorps to be very rewarding and a great opportunity for my personal and professional growth. During my first term, I really enjoyed learning about innovative housing options while developing essential skills including community outreach, social media management, grant writing and reporting, working with local news outlets, and event planning. All that while developing physical building/construction skills on active build sites! In my second term, I have enjoyed continuing to expand my professional skills by researching and reporting on member development programs, building surveys, and planning and running virtual events. Overall, the Habitat and AmeriCorps communities are wonderful! Everyone I have had the pleasure of working with has been committed to my learning and making me feel valued as part of the team. Being on the ground with families and working with them to (re)build their homes is a rewarding experience and it is something I plan on continuing to do throughout my life, no matter where my career takes me. My terms with AmeriCorps have helped me learn how nonprofits function and contributed to my ongoing reflections on what I want to do with my life--specifically how I want to give back to the communities that I am a part of. I know that I could not have possibly had these experiences with a 'typical' job, and that's what makes AmeriCorps a special program. I was given responsibilities and the opportunity to grow into them that I would not have received in a different setting, and I'm grateful for that experience and chance to contribute to meaningful work.”

U.S. Government Relations Intern

June 2019 - August 2019 Washington, DC
“I loved the friendly, down-to-earth staff, and the wonderful work I was contributing to! As a U.S. Government Relations Intern for Habitat for Humanity International, I worked on various projects that helped produce tools and resources that progressed advocacy efforts to achieve affordable and adequate housing, and raised greater awareness on the severity of the housing crisis, an issue I care very much about. As an intern, I also attended meetings and hearings on Capitol Hill, and was able to see Members of Congress, such as members of the Squad, I never expected to be in front of. This internship undoubtedly reinforced my passion and interest in advocating for affordable housing. Being exposed to the greater Habitat network also reminded me of why I love non-profits and community service. The hard work the staff puts into what they do and the good they are doing for the world, and for the people who need it, was so heart-warming. However, I wouldn't have been able to have this unique internship experience while also gaining more insight into the politics behind legislation if it weren't for the UCDC Program. I highly recommend the UCDC Program ”
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