Thursday, November 11, 2010

Alabama meets the Habitat OC AmeriCorps

Our 9 AmeriCorps members are currently attending the third annual National Service Leadership Conference in Talladega, Alabama. The Leadership conference convenes almost 500 AmeriCorps National and VISTA members serving with Habitat for Humanity in more than 150 communities across the United States. Members are participating in training, service reflections and networking activities to further develop their leadership, knowledge and connectedness, which will equip them to more powerfully affect the community of Orange County.

This year’s theme, "Building Through Service," highlights the tireless efforts of Habitat AmeriCorps members to help build and strengthens communities throughout the U.S. They are building hope, communities, homes, families, capacity, strong volunteers – through their service, the possibilities for building are as diverse as the needs Habitat strives to meet and the people we partner with. AmeriCorps members also receive as much as they give, and the training and experience they receive through Habitat OC and Habitat International are helping to build strong leaders and, in turn, build our future.

So what are the AmeriCorps doing…
Members are attending core classes on Capacity Building, Conflict Resolution, Disaster Response and Recovery, Leadership Compass, Member Relations / HR Opportunities and Poverty Housing.

There are also elective classes in Advocacy, Community Mapping, Green Building, Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, Social Media and a variety of Team Building exercises.

We can't wait to hear about their trip.

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