Team photo of Maple 2 serving at Habitat for Humanity.

Written by Joseph Jackson

“I want to grow as an individual and as a worker. I want to be flexible with everyday tasks that can catch me off guard. I want to learn how to build myself up like habitat,” says AmeriCorps NCCC member Jamal Middleton.

Maple 2 is currently serving with Habitat for Humanity in ST. Joseph County, which is the site of the 2018 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. The capstone week of the JRCWP occurs in August and the team is assisting with a myriad of preliminary tasks such as garage construction, house kit preparation, etc. as the affiliate prepares for over 3,000 volunteers onsite working on a total of 38 homes in August.

The team is gaining a wide range of knowledge from setting joist, stringing walls, setting post and beams as well as gaining experience using tools such as the circular saw, ramset nail gun, and the cat’s paw. Maple 2 is also leading groups of volunteers to complete multiple floor layouts throughout the sub-division and serving alongside homeowners.

In addition to serving with HFH, Maple 2 had the opportunity of serving on an individual service project (ISP) with the Boys and Girls Club of ST. Joseph County.

Maple 2 will be returning to Vinton, Iowa at the end of the month.