DuPage Habitat Celebrates AmeriCorps Week
AmeriCorps Members at DuPage Habitat for Humanity explain why they joined the program.
This AmeriCorps Week, we’re happy to honor all our remarkable AmeriCorps members and alums whose strong commitment to affordable housing benefits our community and our entire nation in so many ways.
Mica Wright, current AmeriCorps VISTA and Volunteer Coordinator at DuPage Habitat is grateful for the experience she’s gaining through the program.
“I had graduated 5 months prior to my applying for AmeriCorps. I rushed into a job that I hadn't gone for school for. When I came across this position, I was so excited! I had studied Community Leadership & Development in school and knew I wanted to pursue a career in community outreach at a nonprofit or pursue corporate community relations and giving. I figured this would be an excellent opportunity to test that work out for a whole year and learn a lot while becoming affiliated with two great organizations. So far it's been a great experience.”
Taryn Immel, current Development AmeriCorps VISTA at DuPage Habitat, has other reasons for coming to Habitat: “I had known about AmeriCorps programs like City Year before I discovered the AmeriCorps VISTA program from friends who enjoyed their AmeriCorps experience. So, after doing some research on the VISTA program, I felt it was a good fit for me the first year after graduating college – the education grant, professional development opportunities, and non-profit work all were selling points for applying. When I saw that Habitat for Humanity was hiring AmeriCorps members, it instantly felt like my future was handed to me on a silver platter. My mom, younger sisters, and I became a Habitat partner family in my hometown Fond du Lac, Wisconsin close to 10 years ago, and so an opportunity to give back to an organization that positively changed my life and to help future partner families felt exactly right.”
This fall, AmeriCorps will celebrate its 25th anniversary in September, saluting the more than 1 million men and women who have served in AmeriCorps since the program’s inception in 1994. Together, they have provided more than 1.4 billion hours of service and earned more than $3.6 billion in education scholarships to pay for college or pay back student loans. Those interested in joining AmeriCorps to serve with DuPage Habitat for Humanity can search for opportunities here.