Many hands make light work. It's a belief that has united Americrop and Habitat For Humanity for the past 13 years.
"The relationship is really worthwhile and you can tell it by the thousands of Americans that have new homes because of Habitat for Humanity. You can tell the relationship works because the thousands of Americorp members who work with Habitat for Humanity become really strong citizens when they go home," says David Eisner, CEO, Americorp.
The celebration also marked the kick off of build-a-thon. Often referred to as a blitz build, Americorp and Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Gulf Coast will build 20 homes in 5 days in Gulfport.
"We just want the Coast to know we and so many people around the country are in it with them, and we will be here for the long haul to help them rebuild," says Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity.
"Having the ability to help and discovering that I, along with this whole group have the ability to make a positive impact... it's just keeps me coming back," says Arionna Fike, Americrop volunteer.
"I'm going to take what I learned here and get people to come back here. I'm hoping I can make a difference in my community," says Kevin Jacobsen, Americrop volunteer.
Making a difference in communities across the nation is a pledge the volunteers say they vow to uphold until their work is done.
Since Katrina, Americorp has sent more than five thousand volunteers to the Coast to help rebuild.
Monday, May 21st, Habitat for Humanity will start building its 1,000th and 1,001th home.
To keep the rebuilding effort going strong on the coast, Americorp has given Habitat for Humanity a grant for more than $642,000 to employ 52 full-time workers here on the Coast.