AmeriCorps

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

 

AmeriCorps Goes to School

We are very happy to have a group of AmeriCorps service members spending a couple of months helping Kaua‘i Habitat build homes and hope. What is especially impressive is when this group of volunteers isn’t helping Kaua‘i Habitat they are serving our community in other ways. It may be a painting project at Kaua‘i Humane Society or reaching out to the youth on the island. These two are on their way to Kaua‘i High to speak with students about what it means to be an AmeriCorps volunteer. Mahalo AmeriCorps Volunteers for all you do for our community! IMG_2100

MLK Day of Service

mlklogoTomorrow is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of service. Let this beautiful video inspire you to do something for your community. Click here to view.

AmeriCorps NCCC

We are so fortunate that a group of very special AmeriCorps service members have come to Kaua‘i to devote their time and energy to Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity. These eleven individuals will be with us through March as they tackle the problem of poverty housing by working on the ‘Ele‘ele Iluna Subdivision. AmeriCorps engages thousands of Americans in intensive community service each year, and we are so grateful for each and every one of them. Aloha and mahalo AmeriCorps members!!IMG_0425 IMG_0426

Welcome Chris

Chris is one of our two AmeriCorps volunteers that chose to spend his 10 1/2 months of service helping Kaua‘i Habitat build homes and hope on Kaua‘i. Mahalo Chris for your service and for sharing your story. DSCN0041

My name is Chris Bruton and I am from Guilford, Connecticut. I am 22 years old and recently graduated from Western New England University with a degree in Management and Sustainability. During my four years I participated in playing on the men’s soccer team and was fortunate enough to  be captain my senior year. Soccer and hiking and any other outdoor activities I would consider my hobbies. I feel extremely grateful for this opportunity at Kauai Habitat for Humanity and look forward to meeting and working with individuals that are looking to make a difference and help the community. Helping less fortunate communities and individuals has always been one of my goals and dreams growing up and now I am here on this beautiful island to fulfill my dream! These next 10 ½ months are going to be life changing and I cannot wait to build relationships, houses, and acquire lifelong skills and knowledge.