AmeriCorps Lends a Hand

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A group of young adults representing AmeriCorps will be helping Rebuild East Mississippi over the next couple of months. The group spent time refurbishing a home for Habitat for Humanity on Tuesday. Within a couple of weeks, a home on 19th Street in Meridian will be in good shape.

"Today we are actually redoing a house. Cleaning it up and repainting and getting it ready to place a family in that was a victim of Hurricane Katrina," said Fonda Rush of Habitat for Humanity.

The AmeriCorps team consists of volunteers from several different states, including Ohio and Virginia. They say they know the work will be hard, but it's all worth it.

"It's nice. It's a good feeling to know you are helping real people," said volunteer Anne Dinsmore. "You know that it's actually going to have an impact on individuals. It's kind of the whole reason we join something like AmeriCorps."

Habitat for Humanity is an organization that relies heavily on volunteers so the AmeriCorps team is a welcome sight. What would take one or two people several days to complete, it now take only a few hours.

"It's very touching when people come from out of our community into Meridian and Lauderdale County to work with us," Rush said. "Especially on the hurricane relief."