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AmeriCorps Members Serve Homeowners in Need in Honor of MLK Day of Service

Last month, our AmeriCorps members Tim Erkel, Kelly Bandman and Brent Suski joined forces with more than 60 other AmeriCorps members serving Rebuilding Together affiliates across the country to provide critical repairs for veterans and seniors in need in honor of the Martin Luther King Day of Service. They spent a week repairing nine homes in the Carverdale-Edwards-South Creston Hills (The C-E-C triangle) area of Oklahoma City with the help of area high school students and community members.

Brent said of his experience, “I had an amazing time in Oklahoma City. It was great to have the opportunity to lead and work alongside my fellow CapacityCorps members. Our homeowner, Ms. Anderson, was a delight! While she had gone through some tough times, including battling breast cancer, she was always extremely happy and inviting which made for a great experience. We had a daunting scope of work, but my team tackled it with vigor. I am happy to say that we completely finished everything that we were tasked to do, and leaving Ms. Anderson with a fresh interior and a completely redone exterior.”

Tim was interviewed by a local Oklahoma City TV station about his experience.  Tim’s interview is available here.

This work week was hosted by Rebuilding Together Oklahoma City (OKC). Rebuilding Together CapacityCorps is a National Direct AmeriCorps program with 65 full-time members serving at 35 local affiliates in 20 states. Rebuilding Together AmeriCorps members build the capacity of grassroots Rebuilding Together programs so that they become sustainable, effective and efficient in helping additional low-income homeowners in need.