MLK Day:

An AmeriCorps Experience

 This post is part of a series dedicated to our AmeriCorps members who have donated a large chunk of time as well as their skills and willingness to learn to the Habitat for Humanity – Seattle King County mission. You can find more stories like this one by clicking on the “AmeriCorps Experience” tag. 


Dr. Martin King Jr. left behind him a legacy of compassion and justice that inspired a nation. In his honor, MLK day was established. This is an opportunity for Americans to honor his memory by raising up their neighbors and communities. Justice, love, and an unwavering commitment to do more were instilled into the fabric of America in large part because of Dr. King.

This unwavering commitment to do more is entwined into the foundation of all Habitat for Humanity volunteers and the AmeriCorps members that serve our nation. Habitat for Humanity sites are closed to commemorate his legacy, so AmeriCorps members across the country dedicate this day as an opportunity to serve their communities in a multitude of diverse capacities.

In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” This year alone, there are 80,000 AmeriCorps serving their country. Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County is lucky enough to have 20 of the best serving with us every day. See below how our some of the Habitat SKC AmeriCorps used MLK Day to serve side by side with their neighbors in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and all that he stood for.


Becca Weinmeister and Rebekah Rast volunteered on Monday at the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands with the Tilth Alliance. They weeded blackberry vines and dug up their roots. A small child stole Becca’s shovel and ran off into the forest with it. Rebekah climbed into a muddy bush. It was a grand time.


Erin Merrell spent her MLK Day of Service with fellow wildlife enthusiasts on wolf behavior and leading educational guides through Wolf Haven International, a wolf sanctuary that participates in multi-agency Species Survival Plan programs for critically endangered wolves and a sanctuary for more than 200 displaced, captive-born animals since 1982.

Nicole Moses and Hannah Ferguson served at Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation and spent the day landscaping, cleaning gutters, and learning about/playing with the horses.

Patricia weeded invasive species at the Burke-Gilman Trail, specifically himalayan blackberries. By weeding these, native plants are able to flourish and living conditions for birds are improved, enhancing the entire ecosystem.

Robby Rusca volunteered at a non-profit in Tacoma called L’Arche.  It is a community of people with and without disabilities and as part of their programming, they run a 4-acre farm.  Robby prepared the garden beds for planting and weeded alongside the people with disabilities and volunteers from the University of Puget Sound.

Rebekah Rast and Amanda McGathey served at Brugger’s Bog by helping to spread mulch over many areas of the park and chopping down invasive blackberry bushes! It was prickly business.


Ramsey Wyles and Sarah Cornett volunteered with Green Seattle at the Kubota Gardens Natural Area where they planted trees and removed Ivy.




AmeriCorps dedicate a year of their lives and sometimes more to the service of others. Consider volunteering with Habitat for Humanity or answering the call to service by joining AmeriCorps