Celebrating AmeriCorps Week with a Special Homeowner Critical Repairs Spotlight

Debbie is a retired senior who lives in a lovely Tudor home in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. Since her 1977 move from Michigan to Seattle, she has opened her home to multiple generations of family members, leaving little time for home improvements. With her son and two grandsons currently living in the home, along with a mixed German shepherd, Oliver, the original hardwood floors were traffic-worn, notably in the living area and kitchen.

The Habitat repair crew, including AmeriCorps members Jess Schell, Cari Firriolo, and Matt Musetich, installed new vinyl flooring from the Tukwila Habitat retail store. Additionally, the repair team built new stairs to create better front door access – complete with new wooden steps and handrails, tying into an existing ADA ramp. They installed landscaping pavers to adjoin the sidewalk, as well as a new gutter and downspout along with some general brush clearing and cleanup.

Debbie expressed gratitude for her new flooring and the other projects Habitat had impacted. Habitat SKC Repair Site Manager Mike Inocencio described Debbie as an active and engaged homeowner. Over the course of the 10-day repair, Debbie served homemade lunches to the AmeriCorps “kids,” as she called them. Once repairs were complete, the AmeriCorps team was so touched by Debbie’s hospitality, they gave her a card, which she treasures greatly.

Recognizing AmeriCorps Week: March 13-19: This special week recognizes the commitment of the more than 1.2 million Americans who have chosen to serve their country through AmeriCorps–and millions more–who have served in AmeriCorps Seniors and their community partners, and to encourage more Americans to follow their footsteps in service.

Habitat for Humanity International was one of the first nonprofits to partner with AmeriCorps when it formed in 1994. Since then, more than 7,000 Habitat AmeriCorps members have performed over 12 million hours of service, serving more than 15,000 U.S. families. Here at Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King & Kittitas Counties, AmeriCorps and Habitat have teamed up since 1998 to help meet the housing needs of communities and families, with 268 AmeriCorps members.

AmeriCorps engages 250,000 Americans each year in sustained, results-driven service through our AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors programs. These dedicated citizens help communities manage COVID-19 response, ensure students stay on track to graduate, combat hunger and homelessness, respond to natural disasters, fight the opioid epidemic, help seniors live independently, support veterans and military families, and much more.

We honor all of the selfless, hardworking AmeriCorps members doing so much for our communities and homeowners like Debbie. Meet our current Habitat SKC AmeriCorps team here http://www.habitatskc.org/who-we-are/americorps/.

Thank you AmeriCorps, National AmeriCorps Week!

It’s AmeriCorps Week (March 14-19), and we salute Habitat SKC’s AmeriCorps members and alums for their service. We are so grateful for the many AmeriCorps service members who have grown with us and help us do so much for our community. Their hard work and dedication in building homes and hope – totaling 13,885 hours this past fiscal year – has made a tremendous impact on the hard-working and deserving individuals and families we serve throughout the Seattle-King County region. Thank you, AmeriCorps!!!

Check out more about these amazing hard workers on our social media all week!

Get Ready

We are hosting our annual Kip Korper Memorial AmeriCorps Alumni Build at our North Bend site on April 2nd! Former SKC AmeriCorps from around the country will be be coming together to build once again.

Celebrating our AmeriCorps Members During National AmeriCorps Week!

It’s AmeriCorps Week (March 7-13), and we salute Habitat SKC’s AmeriCorps members and alums for their service. We are so grateful for the many AmeriCorps service members who have grown with us and help us do so much for our community. Their hard work and dedication in building homes and hope – totaling 13,885 hours this past fiscal year – has made a tremendous impact on the hard-working and deserving individuals and families we serve throughout the Seattle-King County region. Thank you, AmeriCorps!!!

AmeriCorps Volunteer Spotlight: Quintin Dalbec, Community Engager Extraordinaire

The support that AmeriCorps volunteers provide to Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County is critical to our ability to serve clients in the best way possible, and help us to serve more families.

Habitat for Humanity International was one of the first nonprofits to partner with AmeriCorps when it formed in 1994, and since then, more than 7,000 Habitat AmeriCorps members have performed over 12 million hours of service. 

We thought you’d enjoy getting to know them better, and so we’ll be regularly acknowledging AmeriCorps members who play such an important role on our Habitat – AmeriCorps team. Quintin Dalbec is one such volunteer.

Originally from Minnesota, Quintin attended the University of Minnesota where he received his Bachelor of Design in Architecture in 2017. While there, he started volunteering with the University’s Habitat Campus Chapter by helping on builds, and working to advocate and raise funds.

After graduating college and working for a year, Quintin signed up for the Habitat AmeriCorps program in Seattle to gain hands-on experience in the nonprofit sector. At the beginning of his service term, Quintin worked for seven weeks as a site host for our Delta Airlines Build where he greeted people, took photos and helped with construction. After the Delta Build, Quintin joined us in the Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County office handling community engagement work and working closely with the Resource Development department designing assets (including our new affiliate t-shirts) and planning events. He’s become a highly valued member of the team!

Said Quintin, “I love knowing my work makes a difference for families, especially here in Seattle where housing affordability is such a huge issue that affects everyone.”

Quintin was recently accepted to the University of Washington where he will continue his studies, working toward a Master’s in Urban Planning. We couldn’t be happier to hear this excellent news, and are grateful for his amazing contributions to our chapter – we know there are great things in store for him. 

Signing Up for a 3rd AmeriCorps Term

Belle first signed up for AmeriCorps in Delaware right before Hurricane Harvey in 2005. She was looking for a way to get involved and give back to the world. Since Belle had a background in construction, working with Habitat AmeriCorps seemed like a natural fit.

Belle was signed up for AmeriCorps and months away from beginning her first term when Hurricane Harvey hit the coast. The resulting floods inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displacing more than 30,000 people and prompted more than 17,000 rescues. Unfortunately, because Bella’s house in San Antonio was below sea level the floodwaters rose up to the second story of her house. Belle was left homeless, and so with a heavy heart; she informed the Sussex County Habitat office that she wouldn’t be able to start her term of service since she needed to secure a place to live right away.

Belle’s AmeriCorps representative immediately jumped into action and got Belle into housing right away so she could continue with her commitment in Delaware. Belle started there as a construction crew leader, organizing volunteers, supervising the building process and working with the families.

“When you got to know the partner families after a while they start to feel like your own family. The gratitude you would see on their faces during home dedications was inspiring, and those memories are a big part of the reason why I signed up for another AmeriCorps term.”

After Belle’s time in Delaware, she knew she wanted to volunteer again, and wanted to go where she was most needed. After reading about the homelessness problem and housing crisis here in Seattle she decided to sign up with Habitat for Humanity Seattle – King County for another AmeriCorps term. We are so grateful to have such an experienced and amazing volunteer on board with our team here!