AmeriCorps

Welcome Vijay!!

This year we are fortunate enough to have four AmeriCorps volunteers serving their 10 1/2 months of service with Kaua‘i Habitat.  AmeriCorps is a program that engages adults in public service work that helps meet the critical needs in the community, and our fourth generous volunteer has arrived on island. Vijay began volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County in New Jersey. Having enjoyed that experience he jumped at the chance to serve a 10 1/2 month term with Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity and is looking forward to his time as an AmeriCorps member. Welcome Vijay! We are thrilled that you will be building homes and hope with us on Kaua‘i.

Welcome Lyric!

Join us in welcoming Lyric to the Kaua‘i Habitat team! Lyric is 20 years old, and a 2016 graduate from Montclair High School in Montclair, New Jersey. She has a passion for culinary and pastry arts, criminal justice, history, and exploring different cultures. She is known by others to be compassionate, vigilant, confident and self-aware. From 2016-2017, Lyric served as a Class 23 AmeriCorps NCCC member in the Southwest Region. She has worked different projects as well as lived in Colorado, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri.

Her most memorable and rewarding project during her term was while working with Habitat for Humanity in San Antonio, Texas where she helped complete 14 new homes, 2 rehabs, landscaping, and helped prepare for the Dedication Day Ceremony. After completing her service year, Lyric knew that Habitat for Humanity was where she wanted to be for a longer term than just three short months. This brought her to search for jobs as a Construction Crew Leader, and secure her assignment with Kauai Habitat for Humanity. AmeriCorps is a program that engages adults in 10 1/2 months of public service work that helps meet the critical needs in the community. Mahalo Lyric for stepping up to the challenge. 

Welcome Nikita!

We would like everyone to offer a warm welcome to the newest member of the Kaua‘i Habitat ‘ohana! Nikita Wilson is an AmeriCorps service member who will be spending the next 10 1/2 months serving as a construction Crew Leader building homes and hope with us. AmeriCorps is a program that engages adults in public service work that helps meets the critical needs in the community. Nikita is 26 years old and from Hartford, Vermont. She is a graduate from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Nikita loved Charlotte so much that she stayed to complete a year of AmeriCorps with Habitat for Humanity at Charlotte. There she fell in love with Habitat’s mission and the AmeriCorps program, which led to her decision to serve another year. Nikita chose to serve in Hawai‘i after completing a Global Village trip this past February and becoming enamored with the ‘Live Aloha’ life style. Nikita is very easy going, and enjoys hiking, kayaking, traveling, and sporting events. She has also been known to have random jam sessions; “Off key karaoke is my thing! I look forward to meeting and working with you all, Cheers!”

Welcome Back Alan!

We are so excited to welcome back AmeriCorps service member Alan Clinton as a construction Crew Leader! AmeriCorps members volunteer 10 1/2 months  to providing public service work that help meet the critical needs in the community. Alan is currently working towards completing his Master’s degree in Human Geography & Geopolitics at Lund University, Sweden. He began volunteer service during high school and soon found that those efforts related to building and conservation were the most rewarding. When he arrived in West Lafayette, IN, for his bachelor’s degree six years ago, he was very fortunate to find a very dynamic and ambitious team involved in the Purdue Habitat for Humanity Chapter. Alan was quickly convinced that he could make a meaningful contribution to this effort. Reflecting on his volunteer service, Alan noted, “The program clearly has an immense impact on people’s lives, not only for the prospective homeowner, but most critically, for all those who participate. Although we are each learning construction skills, the effort helps each individual gain ‘life skills’ related to teamwork and leadership.” During his four years in West Lafayette as an active member of the Purdue chapter, Alan held three officer positions: Construction Chair, VP of Operations, and Chapter President. He looks forward to beginning his second AmeriCorps service year with Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity, and we couldn’t be happier to have him return.

 

Happy AmeriCorps Week!!

AmeriCorps Week is a time to salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their service. We here at Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity want to take this opportunity to thank the many AmeriCorps service members who have grown with us and do so much for our community. Their hard work and dedication building homes and hope on Kaua‘i has made a tremendous impact on the families we serve. Mahalo AmeriCorps!!! #AmeriCorpsWorks #HabitatforHumanity

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

How did you celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. day of service? Our AmeriCorps service members spend 10 1/2 months of their year serving our community by building homes and hope with us. But on this special day of giving service they took the day off from building homes to volunteer at the Kauai Humane Society. They made a new friend “Max” and took him on a much needed field trip. If you are interested in participating in the Kauai Humane Society’s Shelter Dogs on Field Trips program click this link http://kauaihumane.org/volunteer/shelter-dogs-on-field-trips/.martin-luther-king-jr-day

 

Celebrating our Volunteers

Today seemed like a good day to celebrate! We at Kaua‘i Habitat are so fortunate to have the most amazing people volunteering their time and energy to building homes and hope on Kaua‘i, that we thought it’s time to celebrate them with a delicious lunch in our office. There was even room for birthday cake as three of our volunteers have  birthdays this week.  img_0135 img_0127 img_0134 img_0132 img_0121

Welcome AmeriCorps!

IMG_3222Join us in welcoming the newest members of the Kaua‘i Habitat ‘ohana! Jared Holt, Jillian Konoshima and Kaitlyn Paiton come to us as AmeriCorps volunteers and will spend 10 1/2 months serving the community of  Kaua‘i by building homes and hope with Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity. We have just met these AmeriCorps members and are already impressed with their experience, enthusiasm and friendly outgoing personalities.

This is Jillian’s second year serving as an AmeriCorps member with Habitat for Humanity. She previously worked with an affiliate in Dallas, Texas, and loved working with the partner families and giving back to the community.

Kaitlyn was born and raised in Maine and recently received her degree from Roanoke College in Virginia. She volunteered with Habitat for Humanity throughout her four years of college and absolutely loved it. She’s looking forward to her time as an AmeriCorps member and hopes to gain a lot of knowledge in construction while helping our local families.

Jared is from Biloxi, Mississippi. He began serving as an AmeriCorps member working with the Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast soon after receiving his degree from the University of Mississippi in 2015.

We are truly looking forward to spending the next 10 1/2 months working along side these giving individuals and watching them experience the Garden Island and all the beauty and aloha our community has to offer.

 

Day of National Service

Our own AmeriCorps Volunteers, Chris Bruton and Alan Clinton, were invited to hear a proclamation of thanks from Mayor Bernand Carvalho Jr. and Kauai County Council Chair Mel Rapozo at the Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service this past Wednesday. We are truly grateful for our AmeriCorps volunteers as well as the dedication of all the men and women who choose to serve our community by giving of themselves. Read the article that appeared in The Garden Island newspaper. Mahalo Volunteers!! Alan Clinton and Chris Bruton

Open AmeriCorps Crew Leader Positions

Nick Wehrly lot - AmeriCorps Chris Bruton adjusting wall (1)Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity is looking to appoint two open AmeriCorps Crew Leader positions. AmeriCorps is a branch of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that helps more than 5 million Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service. These positions involve a commitment to service through AmeriCorps with placement here at Kaua‘i Habitat.

These ten and a half month appointments will begin in September and receive a monthly stipend. A great opportunity for anyone interested in making an impact on the community while working with diverse groups of local and visiting volunteers. Kaua‘i Habitat is in the midst of combating the affordable housing crisis through subdivision development which will ensure a busy and rewarding experience for the selected candidate.

AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leader – Responsible for knowledge of construction tasks and leading crews of skilled an unskilled volunteers and partner families in those tasks, all while maintaining a safe and efficient work environment.

For more information about this position email Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity, Executive Director, Stephen Spears at stephens@kauaihabitat.org. Kaua‘i residents as well as the general public are encouraged to apply.DSCN0464AmeriCorps