Submitted by NCC Habitat for Humanity
North Collin County Habitat for Humanity will receive the 2012 Service Impact Award from the Corporation of National and Community Service (CNCS) for its work to help provide adequate and affordable housing for veterans and military families.
Habitat for Humanity’s VetCorps will be honored in Chicago at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service, the nation’s premiere gathering for volunteering and service for the nonprofit, education, government, and corporate sectors. This year’s conference will feature Dr. Jill Biden, former first lady Barbara Bush, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, actor Kevin Bacon, and other leaders.
“National service is America at its best – getting things done to make our communities and country stronger,” said Wendy Spencer, CNCS CEO. “The work being done every day by programs like Habitat for Humanity VetCorps shows the power of service to improve lives and transform communities. I congratulate the program for the positive and lasting impact they are making through national service.”
Laurie Boyer is currently serving as a VetCorps VISTA with the North Collin County Habitat for Humanity and has volunteered and helped to build homes with the affiliate since 2009. Now, as a VetCorps VISTA, she secures donations, represents her affiliate at community events and works at building relationships between military veterans, organizations that support them and Habitat.
“We are so excited to be able to provide our services to local veterans and to have them engaged in volunteering to help build homes,” said Celeste H. Cox, Executive Director. “We are honored by this award and the opportunity to serve the men and women who have served our country.”
The award highlights the work of Habitat for Humanity’s VetCorps to ensure those who served their country get the support they deserve to have a decent place to live. The VetCorps program works with Habitat affiliates and partner organizations to identify housing, employment, and volunteer opportunities for veterans. The program also supports veterans as they make the transition from military to civilian life and helps raise public awareness of the full scope of veteran housing needs and solutions.
Habitats VetCorps also played a critical role in the rollout of the Habitat for Humanity Repair Corps, Habitat’s first national program designed exclusively for veterans. Habitat partnered with the Home Depot Foundation to launch this critical home repair program, offering veterans anything from roof repairs to ease-of-access modifications like railing and ramps to home weatherization.
The VetCorps initiative has placed 11 AmeriCorps VISTAs at Habitat affiliates across the nation, supporting Habitat to provide over 300 housing solutions for veterans and military families, recruit veterans as Habitat employees and national service members, and engage veterans as volunteers.
The Service Impact Awards provide an opportunity to highlight best practices and learn about innovative programs having an impact on key issues. Nominations were submitted through Challenge.gov for programs operating in the six focus areas of the agency’s strategic plan: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.
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, the Social Innovation Fund, and other programs, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.
About North Collin County Habitat for Humanity ®
North Collin County Habitat for Humanity (NCCHFH) works in partnership with God and his people to develop communities by enabling families to achieve the dream of homeownership with dignity. NCCHFH was incorporated in 1992 in McKinney, Texas, and serves the communities of McKinney, Frisco, Melissa, Celina, Princeton, Prosper, Farmersville, and Anna. Through partnerships with local government entities, foundations, churches, corporations, individuals and service organizations, we have been able to complete 70 homes for deserving families since 1992. We also operate a ReStore that sells new and used building materials to the public and takes donations of these materials for a tax-deductible receipt. For more information about volunteering, qualifying for a home or the ReStore, call 972-542-5300. For more information, visit www.ncc-habitat.com or www.mckinneyrestore.com.