AmeriCorps member joins Plainfield Habitat to serve more families
Plainfield, NJ - September 7, 2013 – Greater Plainfield Habitat for Humanity is pleased to welcome an AmeriCorps VISTA member who has joined their dedicated staff and volunteers to help in Habitat’s work to build decent and affordable housing.
Natasha McFadden will serve full-time with Greater Plainfield Habitat for Humanity until August 2014 by organizing special events and initiatives in an effort to raise a goal of $100,000 towards the affiliate’s current five-home construction project. Her focus will also be to promote awareness of the affiliate’s 25th anniversary in 2014.
Originally from Upstate New York, Natasha chose to relocate to this community to serve with Plainfield Habitat for an entire year. “I’ve volunteered with multiple Habitat affiliates over the past few years, assisting with a wide variety of programs. But now, I won’t just be lending a helping hand,” comments Natasha. “AmeriCorps provides me the opportunity to lead and to put my ideas into action. I am thrilled to see what our community can do to serve more families and the difference that we can make together.”
AmeriCorps is a national service program managed by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Habitat for Humanity was one of the first organizations to partner with CNCS when AmeriCorps began in 1994, and this continued partnership has engaged more than 7,000 AmeriCorps members in support of Habitat’s mission and in the cause of adequate and affordable housing.
“Habitat for Humanity has benefited from the dedicated service and tangible impact of AmeriCorps members in many ways” said Rev. Jeremy Montgomery, Executive Director of Greater Plainfield Habitat. “AmeriCorps will help us immeasurably to build more impact in this community. Natasha’s impact will be tremendous as she helps us to raise more funds to serve more families.”
Natasha will join a network of more than 500 Habitat AmeriCorps members who are serving in more than 150 communities throughout the United States. Since 2011, AmeriCorps members have served more than 2,400 families, provided more than 1 million hours of service, mobilized more than 200,000 volunteers and raised millions of dollars in cash and in-kind resources.
Each year, tens of thousands of AmeriCorps members serve with organizations around the country to help meet the needs of local communities. For more information please visit www.habitat.org/americorps or www.americorps.gov.
About Greater Plainfield Habitat for Humanity
Since 1989, Greater Plainfield Habitat for Humanity, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is committed to improving the lives of low-income families by helping them build and buy their own simple, decent homes. Habitat offers families a hand up, not a hand out. Every partner family devotes at least 200 hours per adult of sweat equity to help build their home or a neighbor’s home and secures a 0% mortgage provided by Habitat. Plainfield Habitat supports partner families with training in budgeting, home and landscape maintenance and how to be a good neighbor. To date, thirty‐five homes have been built totally by volunteer labor using donations of money and materials from the community. Plans are also progressing on its largest project to-date, a five-home development on West Seventh Street in Plainfield, which began in Fall 2012. To volunteer, donate, or own a Habitat home, visit www.gphabitat.org. Follow us at www.facebook.com/gphabitat.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org , or follow us at www.facebook.com/habitat or at www.twitter.com/habitat_org or join Habitat’s blog community at www.habitat.org/blog .
About The Corporation for National and Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, Social Innovation Fund, and other programs, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visitwww.NationalService.gov.