On November 10, the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) group at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sent six of their members, along with a HUD Community Planning and Development colleague, to DC Habitat’s Ivy City development. The group spent the day helping our staff and other volunteers build a new two-family home.
Deja Love facilitated the arrangements with DC Habitat and was joined by Sarah Stewart, HUD’s RPCV coordinator, and RPCV Tino Calabia, a recent HUD retiree, all three of whom participated previously in a July service day at our Ivy City site. Participating for the first time were RPCVs Bill Eilerman, Bill Maurer, and Derek Warren.
Repeat visits made by groups like this are especially important in helping us achieve our goal to build more homes each year. HUD has already been a generous partner of DC Habitat by providing “Neighborhood Stabilization Program” funds to support our work in Ivy City — and we appreciate the added support that comes from the RPCV group’s volunteer service.
“We hope to encourage other RPCV groups around the country to volunteer their time at Habitat for Humanity sites,” said Tino Calabia.
Some 40 employees at HUD headquarters and its field offices are veteran volunteers of the Peace Corps, many of whom have participated in other activities celebrating this year’s 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Peace Corps.