North Collin County Habitat for Humanity will receive the 2012 Service Impact Award from the Corporation of National and Community Service (CNCS) for its work to help provide adequate and affordable housing for veterans and military families.

Habitat for Humanity’s VetCorps will be honored in Chicago during this week's National Conference on Volunteering and Service, the nation’s premiere gathering for volunteering and service for the nonprofit, education, government, and corporate sectors.

This year’s conference features Dr. Jill Biden, former first lady Barbara Bush, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, actor Kevin Bacon and other leaders. 

“National service is America at its best – getting things done to make our communities and country stronger,” said Wendy Spencer, CNCS CEO. “The work being done every day by programs like Habitat for Humanity VetCorps shows the power of service to improve lives and transform communities.  I congratulate the program for the positive and lasting impact they are making through national service.”

Laurie Boyer is currently serving as a VetCorps VISTA with the North Collin County Habitat for Humanity and has volunteered and helped to build homes with the affiliate since 2009. As a VetCorps VISTA, she secures donations, represents her affiliate at community events and works at building relationships between military veterans, organizations that support them and Habitat.

“We are so excited to be able to provide our services to local veterans and to have them engaged in volunteering to help build homes,” said Celeste H. Cox, Executive Director of North Collin County Habitat for Humanity. “We are honored by this award and the opportunity to serve the men and women who have served our country.”

The award highlights the work of Habitat for Humanity’s VetCorps to ensure those who served their country get the support they deserve to have a decent place to live. The VetCorps program works with Habitat affiliates and partner organizations to identify housing, employment, and volunteer opportunities for veterans. 

The program also supports veterans as they make the transition from military to civilian life and helps raise public awareness of the full scope of veteran housing needs and solutions.

Habitat's VetCorps also played a critical role in the rollout of the Habitat for Humanity Repair Corps, Habitat’s first national program designed exclusively for veterans. Habitat partnered with the Home Depot Foundation to launch this critical home repair program, offering veterans anything from roof repairs to ease-of-access modifications like railing and ramps to home weatherization.

The VetCorps initiative has placed 11 AmeriCorps VISTAs at Habitat affiliates across the nation, supporting Habitat to provide over 300 housing solutions for veterans and military families, recruit veterans as Habitat employees and national service members, and engage veterans as volunteers.

The Service Impact Awards provide an opportunity to highlight best practices and learn about innovative programs having an impact on key issues. Nominations were submitted through Challenge.gov for programs operating in the six focus areas of the agency’s strategic plan:  disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.