Durham AmeriCorps

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Durham Habitat is currently recruiting AmeriCorps members for the 2019-2020 service year! Click here for current openings. 


You can help strengthen communities through a year of service with Durham Habitat AmeriCorps.

You can get paid to serve full-time helping families build strong and stable homes, all while gaining real-world experience. You can serve in a leadership role on an active build site or at a our Habitat office assisting volunteers and staff. By taking on new challenges and seeing the results of your service, you will have the chance to learn and grow. You will also have the opportunity to meet new people from all walks of life, working together toward a common good.

 

Our 2018-19 AmeriCorps Members

Ace Lane (New Construction and Repairs)

Anthony Mickens (New Construction)

Ryan Connors (New Construction)

Sam Speicher (Volunteer Services and Youth)

 

Build

New Construction - Each year Habitat for Humanity of Durham partners with around 25 families to build affordable homes in the city of Durham. Our AmeriCorps members are an instrumental partner in this process! They learn the ins and outs of how to read blueprints, what tools to use on site, the types of inspections that are required when preparing for certificate of occupancy, and how to put the final touches on a home.

 Repairs - Our Repairs Program is booming! This year we predict we will be able to repair 80 homes in the Durham area. Our AmeriCorps members in repairs are flexible and great problem solvers. One day you could be fixing some plumbing in a home in north Durham, the next you could be mixing cement to pour into the footing of a ramp in south Durham. It's never a dull moment in Repairs! 

"I have been so impressed in my physical ability to complete repairs and use tools that I had never expected too. One such surreal moment was when I was harnessed up repairing a really steep roof! I have been really proud of myself! I feel like I am learning a lot." 

-Samantha 2017-2018 AmeriCorps National - Repairs


Lead

Learn about all aspects of construction and how to lead teams of volunteers. AmeriCorps are an essential part of how Habitat is able to build affordable housing for all!  

 

"This quarter, I came face-to-face with leading huge groups during Fuqua week. Leading big groups is something that has routinely made me very nervous, and it still does… but it’s gotten better. I still don’t like the idea of doing it alone, but, luckily, Josh has always been there and we have lots of help from regular volunteers. I definitely can engage a large group better than I could last quarter."

-Ace 2017-2018, 2018-2019 AmeriCorps - New Construction, Repairs


Teach

Our AmeriCorps learn the construction skills to teach volunteers proper tool and site safety and how to build.

Our VISTA members work with youth in the community to build engagement, awareness, and construction skills to foster the next generation of volunteers and advocates

"One of the most rewarding experiences I have had as an AmeriCorps member is standing in front of 100 high school juniors to help teach them about housing inequality and gentrification in Durham. Watching them learn and teach others about these issues has shown me that this next generation of volunteers is a major force that will help families find safe, affordable housing"

- Sam Speicher 2018-2019 AmeriCorps VISTA - Volunteer Services

 

Community

Our AmeriCorps work along side our building team every day and form lasting friendships with homeowners, staff, volunteers, community members and other AmeriCorps members. They get many opportunities build community through events, social gatherings, team lunches, and trips.

 

"In addition to being an AmeriCorps member at Habitat, I am also a Duke Chapel Pathways Fellow. This program is for recent graduates to work at a non-profit with a specific focus on building relationships in the West End neighborhood of Durham. I requested to work on the home at 1200 Cornell, a home in the West End which is sponsored by both Duke Chapel and First Calvary Baptist Church, which is a 135-year old church community about three blocks away from the build site. As a result, I often lead volunteers from Duke Chapel and First Calvary Church, helping to create bonds between the communities. I greatly enjoy working with members of First Calvary, because many of them grew up and still live in the West End and are able to tell stories about the history of the neighborhood. The West End is a historically black community in Durham with strong community ties, and hearing the stories of First Calvary volunteers has taught me about the rich history of the place where I live and work everyday."

 - Harper 2017-2018 AmeriCorps National - New Construction


Life after AmeriCorps

After serving with Durham Habitat, our AmeriCorps members have gone on to do the following things...

  • Habitat for Humanity of Durham - New Construction Site Supervisor
  • Habitat for Humanity of Durham - Repairs Site Supervisor
  • Habitat for Humanity of Wake County - New Construction Site Supervisor
  • Habitat for Humanity of Wake County - Repairs Division
  • Grad School - North Carolina State, Public Administration 
  • Civil Engineering Consultant - Kimley-Horn
  • Grad School - Harvard Law
  • Director of Real Estate and Econ Development
  • Grad School - Duke University, Duke Law
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Habitat for Humanity of Durham - Construction Coordinator
  • Community Development Specialist - City of Rocky Mount

 

Want to know more about AmeriCorps? 

AmeriCorps programs do more than move communities forward; they serve their members by creating jobs and providing pathways to opportunity as they enter the workforce. AmeriCorps places thousands of people into intensive service positions where they learn valuable skills, earn money for education, and develop a strong sense of civic responsibility. Click to learn more! 

Habitat Success Stories

Pearlie's home was so damaged that neighbors thought it was abandoned. Habitat partnered with the City of Durham to replace Pearlie's roof, a damaged wall, and exterior siding. Pearlie said, "It lifts my spirits. Habitat volunteers are beautiful people."

Pearlie