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Advanced Energy AmeriCorps National Members to Participate in Weeklong Blitz Build

(Raleigh, N.C. — May 12, 2011) Advanced Energy/Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps National members Hannah McKenzie and Brett Welch will travel to Wilmington, Del. to participate in Habitat for Humanity International’s annual AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon. This year’s build will engage more than 440 AmeriCorps National and VISTA members during the month of May through seven regional events scheduled during or around National AmeriCorps Week (May 14-21). The event will highlight local community needs for affordable housing and the members’ service with Habitat.

This year’s Build-a-Thon event sites include: Franklin, W. Va.; Bay St. Louis, Miss.; Birmingham, Ala.; Seattle and King County, Wash.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Wilmington, Del.; and Pensacola, Fla.

“We are excited our AmeriCorps National members will participate in the 2011 Habitat for Humanity Build-a-Thon,” said Krista Egger, Affordable Housing Director, Advanced Energy. “AmeriCorps members make a difference everyday here in our community, and I know their work in Wilmington, Del. will have a lasting impact there as well.”

The Build-a-Thon will focus on Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, a national Habitat for Humanity program that encourages Habitat affiliates to address the quality of life in neighborhoods through local community-planning partnerships and by expanding housing services available. Work at the Build-a-Thon locations may include new house construction, rehabilitation of vacant properties (including foreclosed properties), house repairs for existing low-income homeowners and weatherization to make houses more energy-efficient and affordable.

“Habitat’s Build-a-Thon provides an opportunity for our nearly 440 AmeriCorps National and VISTA members to come together to share ideas and meet others committed to service and to eliminating poverty housing,” said Larry Gluth, Habitat for Humanity International’s senior vice president of U.S and Canada. “Our AmeriCorps members consistently play a pivotal role in the operations of more than 140 Habitat locations across the country, and their collective efforts have helped thousands of families obtain the dream of homeownership this year alone. We are truly grateful for their service.”

Habitat has partnered with the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that funds and oversees AmeriCorps programs, since 1994. Since then, more than 5,000 AmeriCorps members have served with Habitat for Humanity around the country, building homes, serving communities and gaining valuable perspective about the challenges that face our country and how to meet those needs.

About Advanced Energy
Advanced Energy’s SystemVision program provides the training and technical support that leads to improved health, safety, durability, comfort and energy efficiency of affordable homes.

For 10 years, Advanced Energy has been positively transforming the affordable housing market in North Carolina through its SystemVision program. Today, more than 75 percent of single-family affordable housing built in the state is SystemVision certified. These homes are proven to be at least 15 percent more energy-efficient than code-built homes and have diverted more than $3.4 million in energy costs from affordable housing homeowners in North Carolina.

The only guaranteed affordable housing program in the nation, SystemVision homes come with a heating and cooling and comfort guarantee. The heating and cooling guarantee ensures the cost to heat and cool the home remains affordable at around $35 per month. The comfort guarantee ensures the temperature in the center of each room does not vary by more than three degrees from the thermostat setting, meaning residents enjoy living in the homes they’ve worked so hard to purchase.

For more information about SystemVision and how you can participate, contact David Treleven at DTreleven@AdvancedEnergy.org or 919-857-9000.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 400,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 2 million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit habitat.org.

About the Corporation for National and Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America and the Social Innovation Fund, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

About Habitat for Humanity National Service Programs
Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps members have performed more than 5 million hours of service, engaged hundreds of thousands of volunteers and helped build more than 12,500 Habitat houses throughout the United States. For information about AmeriCorps programs, visit www.habitat.org/americorps or www.americorps.gov.

Contact:
Sarah Utley
Communications Specialist
919.857.9054
SUtley@AdvancedEnergy.org