Welcome AmeriCorps Members, 2018-2019 Term
AmeriCorps members serve with Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat in a myriad of ways and are valuable members of our team. It is our pleasure to introduce the 2018-2019 service-term volunteers.
Ashton is from Covington, Washington, where he graduated from Kentwood High School in June, 2018. He completed four years of service in the Junior Reserved Officer Training Corps and was Technology and Maintenance Officer his senior year. Ashton enjoys running, biking, music, and gaming. He has been volunteering for Habitat for several years and is looking forward to being more part of the community, hoping to learn how to build a house.
Joe was born and raised in San Diego. He came to Tacoma for the first time in 2014 to go to the University of Puget Sound. Joe graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies and German. This is his first experience with Habitat for Humanity, but he’s excited to do more. In his spare time Joe likes to bake bread and cook.
Mirza grew up in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In 2007, he moved to the US and has since lived in New York, California, and Connecticut. He has an undergrad degree from New York University and a Master’s degree from Keck Graduate Institute, in biology and biotech management, respectively. Mirza has been volunteering for Habitat since 2008, and wanted to do it for an extended period through AmeriCorps. He is also likes to play soccer and play pool in his free time.
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Rosemary Hamington has lived in California, Oregon, Indiana, Colorado, and Texas. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University and Master’s degree from the University of Illinois, both are in Music with vocal performance emphasis. After Grad school, Rosemary volunteered as data entry assistant at the Houston Food Bank. Seeing people work to help their community, after Hurricane Harvey, fueled her interest in nonprofit work. Rosemary has been enjoying learning about Habitat for Humanity, while serving as one of their AmeriCorps members. She is glad to be back in Washington, where she can enjoy some of the best hiking, running, and kayaking in the country.
Grace was raised in a northwest suburb of Chicago. She received her Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas. Grace did not want to be the kind of engineer who sat behind a desk at a corporate office. She wanted to be outside, learning new skills and doing good in the world. Grace chose Habitat because she likes seeing the tangible results of her work. In her spare time, Grace does crosswords and she is currently teaching herself guitar.
Andrea was born and raised around Cleveland, Ohio. She left Cleveland to complete a Bachelor of Sciences in Psychology at the University of Cincinnati, where she was on the Division 1 swim team. Andrea has always wanted to visit the West Coast and she knew she wanted to do hands-on, altruistic work before going to grad school. In her spare time, Andrea works out, reads, and looks for opportunities to learn more about herself.
Both Grace and Andrea joined us this January from Island County Habitat.
When you see them on site, be sure to give them a warm welcome.