They join nearly 400 of their AmeriCorps peers who serve with Habitat in more than 110 communities across the United States.
During the conference, AmeriCorps members have the opportunity to participate in workshops, facilitated discussions, team-building activities and other events presented and facilitated by experts in the fields of housing and service.
In addition, nearly 50 AmeriCorps members will take part in the 2nd annual Service Project, held in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Talladega and Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center on Thursday. AmeriCorps members and volunteers will work in partnership to paint and repair homes of Talladega residents on Oct. 24.
This year’s event will also recognize and celebrate the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps and Habitat’s partnership with the national service program. Habitat for Humanity was one of the first organizations to partner with AmeriCorps, inducting 122 members in the inaugural class.
Since then, more than 7,000 individuals have served as AmeriCorps members with Habitat for Humanity, helping to meet the needs of more than 17,000 US families, contributing more than 13 million hours of service, raising tens of millions of dollars in cash and in-kind resources and engaging more than 2.8 million volunteers.
This week’s event marks the sixth time Habitat for Humanity International has partnered with Shocco to host the National Service Leadership Conference.
In addition to the 400 AmeriCorps members, an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps team of 10 members as well as Habitat AmeriCorps Alumni will attend the conference.
This service year (2013-14), Habitat AmeriCorps members are anticipated to serve more than 1,500 families, provide more than 650,000 hours of service and engage more than 300,000 volunteers.
This year’s conference theme -- Hearts, Hands, Voices -- comes from Habitat for Humanity’s 2014-18 strategic plan which, in part, sets the goal to mobilize volunteers as hearts, hands and voices for the cause of adequate, affordable housing.
Possible pullout box--AmeriCorps Fast Facts
O 820,000: Number of individuals who have served as AmeriCorps members since 1994.
O 1 Billion: Total number of hours served by AmeriCorps members.
O $2.4 Billion: Total amount of Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards earned by AmeriCorps members.
O 4 Million: Number of community volunteers managed or mobilized by AmeriCorps members in 2012.
O 15,000: Number of nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations that AmeriCorps members serve with.