10 AmeriCorps volunteers building homes in Hanapepe

Ten members of AmeriCorps are spending nine weeks on Kaua’i to work building homes in Hanapepe Heights on Hawaiian Homes Land parcels.

The volunteers sign up for a year of work and depending upon the program travel to different locations in the United States for about 10 weeks at a time. The AmeriCorps workers now on island range in age from 18-22, with most of the workers just out of high school or on the way to finishing college. They hail from Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, and other states, they are from a variety of economic and geographical backgrounds, said Sean Kelley, Habitat construction supervisor for the local project.

A group of 30 Korean volunteers from Global Village, a non-profit organization that helps put up houses around the world, are scheduled to arrive during the first week of February.

The AmeriCorps group is staying in Anahola, but project organizers are seeking housing closer to the job site in Hanapepe. The drive adds about 2 1/2 hours to their workday, which starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Please call 335-0296 for more information or to help out.

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