Michigan’s Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps Program Honored with Governor’s Service Award

Lansing, MI – Governor Rick Snyder recently announced the winners of the 2017 Governor’s Service Awards. Among the 49 honorees was the Michigan’s Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps Program. The program is receiving an Outstanding National Service Program award, which honors organizations that provide a high-quality national service program that yields a significant impact in a Michigan community.

“These individuals and organizations are role models for other people to follow. The impact they have on other people’s lives is incredible,” Snyder said of the winners. “They show us how to overcome obstacles and do good things for other people. They demonstrate tremendous spirit and we are thrilled to recognize them.”

The Michigan Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps Program serves low-income families statewide by providing housing assistanceand reducing utility costs through energy-efficient housing. The program places AmeriCorps members with Habitat for Humanity affiliates and housing-related nonprofit agencies across the state. AmeriCorps members assist with homeowner support and engagement, energy-efficient construction, neighborhood revitalization and volunteer recruitment.

“Just knowing that the children we see are in a home that is safe, comfortable, and where community roots can be established left me awestruck,” said former AmeriCorps member Blake Hamilton. “Thinking about how these families are now in a safe, affordable home that relieves some of the stressors and woes that those without a home are faced with strengthened my resolve in my service year.” In the last two years alone, program members have recruited over 5,000 volunteers to assist in construction-related activities, and served over 1,500 individuals through housing-related services. Since the program began in 2003, 345 AmeriCorps members completed their terms of service at 39 different host sites throughout Michigan.

“We are excited and proud to accept this award on behalf of the hundreds of members who have increased access to safe, decent, affordable homes through our program,” said Bridget Ferrigan, AmeriCorps Program Manager for Habitat for Humanity of Michigan. “We thank our program alumni, currently serving members, host sites and site staff for their work to get things done and to make our program successful.”

The Governor’s Service Awards winners will be honored during a special ceremony hosted by the Michigan Community Service Commission on Monday, Aug. 21, at the Detroit Opera House. The event will also commemorate the Michigan Community Service Commission’s 25th anniversary. The public is invited to attend at no cost, but please register at https://mcsc.ticketleap.com/2017-governors-service-awards.

To learn more about the awards and see other winners, go to the Michigan Community Service Commission's website. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Michigan and the Michigan Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps Program, go to www.habitatmichigan.org.