The House that AmeriCorps Built

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Troy, NY– On April 3, Mayor Patrick Madden joined more than 4,300 local leaders across the country in a nationwide bipartisan initiative to highlight the impact of national service in tackling local issues.

Mayor Madden participated in National Service Recognition Day by celebrating the collaboration between community agencies and their AmeriCorps service members to revitalize Troy’s North Central neighborhood through Habitat for Humanity’s home construction program.

Habitat for Humanity Capital District, in partnership with the City of Troy, the Troy Community Land Bank and the Commission on Economic Opportunity YouthBuild program, is nearing completion on the full rehabilitation of a three-story building in Troy’s North Central neighborhood. Habitat and its partners are completely renovating 3320 6th Avenue into an owner-occupied, two-family home for a qualified, first-time homebuyer.

What makes this neighborhood revitalization project special? The high-impact participation of 23 AmeriCorps members from three different AmeriCorps programs:

·         AmeriCorps National Service – Habitat for Humanity

·         AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) – Habitat for Humanity

·         AmeriCorps YouthBuild – Commission on Economic Opportunity

AmeriCorps National Service Members, ages 17 and older, serve their country through national and community‐based organizations. Members serve help solve community problems in the areas of education, public safety, the environment, health and housing. Habitat is pleased to host full-time AmeriCorps National Service Member Vanessa Dingee who is working alongside Habitat staff on this project in the 2017-2018 service year.

AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) is a full-time, residential, team-based program for young adults, age 18-24. Members develop leadership skills and strengthen communities by completing service projects and gaining life experience. Teams complete multiple projects that address essential community needs throughout the United States. During the months of March and April, Habitat is pleased to welcome an AmeriCorps NCCC team of eight members to Troy as part of their service year.

YouthBuild is a 34-week workforce development program that helps youth set and achieve employment and training goals and removes barriers to success through hands on vocational learning, soft skill development, and preparation for the High School Equivalency exam (HSE). Members are co-enrolled in the AmeriCorps Initiative, and have one service year to complete 450 hours in service to their community. Habitat’s longstanding partnership with CEO’s YouthBuild program continues as members acquire skills and experience in the construction industry while helping Habitat build affordable housing for our neighbors in need.  

National Service Recognition Day is a nationwide bipartisan effort to recognize the positive impact of national service, to thank those who serve, and to encourage more citizens to give back to their communities. This day is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, and Cities of Service.

“Community service is an essential part of building healthier, stronger communities and neighborhoods,” said Troy Mayor Patrick Madden. “AmeriCorps members have made real contributions to improving our City, and I am grateful for their dedication, energy and contributions to assist our community partners – including Habitat for Humanity, CEO’s YouthBuild, and the Troy Community Land Bank – fight blight and revitalize our North Central neighborhood one building at a time.”

“AmeriCorps members demonstrate the best of the American spirit—people working together to find community solutions with our neighbors,” said Christine Schudde, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Capital District. “I’m proud to join this nationwide day of recognition for the AmeriCorps program and the members serving with us here in Troy. AmeriCorps members shine brightly as they lead by example, encouraging each of us to strengthen our communities through service and volunteering.”

 

View the recorded livestream of our AmeriCorps celebration here.

Media mentions

The Troy Record was there and published this article about the event.