Ilya Boehly and Ronnie Haywood help build a roof platform for a single-story home.

Maple 1 poses in front of one of the two-story homes being built in Mishawaka.

By Leah Shaw, Maple 1

AmeriCorps NCCC team, Maple 1, has been spending time leading volunteers and constructing new homes with the Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County in Mishawaka, Indiana. This Habitat affiliate was fortunate enough to be chosen to host the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, so the team is looking forward to channeling all their efforts into that week.

In the first three weeks, Maple 1 has led volunteers in tasks such as, building roof platforms and installing the subfloor for the 14 single-story homes. They have also installed shelving in 23 garages, painted the interior of 6 homes, and have used EDGE training to teach volunteers the proper safety when using power tools.

“Working with Habitat is so special, because you get to see the outcomes of your service flourish in real time. We get to build the foundations of a whole neighborhood, and day-by-day watch the progress. I’m looking forward to the day they’re built, and watching the homeowners receive their keys; really seeing what we’ve helped to accomplish,” says member Zoe Vulpe.

Zoe Vulpe plants mustard seeds during an Independent Service Project at Unity Gardens

Looking forward, Maple 1 will continue to lead large groups of volunteers and work on the construction of single-story homes, while also continuing to meet the impressive goals set by the Habitat for Humanity staff. The team is excited for the challenge of the upcoming build week.

The team has also done reoccurring Independent Service Projects with the Unity Gardens of South Bend, Indiana. Unity Gardens is a non-profit organization. They provide fresh fruits and vegetables to the public for free, while also hosting events that bring people of the community together.

Maple 1 will be in Indiana through September 5 when they will return to Vinton for a week before leaving to serve on their final project in AmeriCorps NCCC.