AmeriCorps Leads Habitat of Greater Newburgh in Blitz Build - 2 Houses in 5 Days
NEWBURGH, NY – An AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) team is working with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh until late June. Brady Quinn, the construction manager, and NCCC are organizing a Blitz Build this summer. Beginning with the foundation, the goal of the Blitz Build is to produce two homes within five days. With over 200 volunteers working that week, the AmeriCorps team will build, install, mount, paint, organize, and clean. Habitat Newburgh is dedicated to providing decent, affordable housing in partnership with local, hard-working families in need. Team leader, Casey Ashlock, says, “I originally signed up for this program to do the type of work we are doing here, along with being apart of this type of community. Working with Habitat for Humanity, we are able to make a life-long impact on the people we are working for.” The AmeriCorps NCCC team, Moose 4, is based in Perry Point, MD, but the members are from all across the country. Ashlock, is excited about continuing working for such a great organization. If you've ever assisted in a Newburgh Habitat build, you know how dedicated the volunteers are and how well-run the organization is. The AmeriCorps is and has been a big part of this project for many years - often leading volunteer teams and always hands-on at the sites.
To date, Habitat Newburgh has helped 59 families (194 children and 93 adults) sign a mortgage. Efforts of this organization have returned nearly $9 million to the assessed property values of the City of Newburgh.
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AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, residential, national service program in which 1,100 young adults serve nationwide each year. During their 10-month term, Corps Members – all 18 to 24 years old – work on teams of eight to 12 on projects that address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. Members mentor students, construct and rehabilitate low-income housing, respond to natural disasters, clean up streams, help communities develop emergency plans, and address countless other local needs.
For more information about AmeriCorps NCCC, visit the website.