Thirty new AmeriCorps members from across the country will begin their service orientation in Tacoma this month. The week-long training course, hosted by Rebuilding Together South Sound, will include the hands-on learning of repairing five homes in the City of Tacoma.

Beginning August 19, the new recruits will learn construction skills, national housing trends, and AmeriCorps policies and procedures in the classroom, and then set to work repairing gutters, replacing windows and deck boards, and installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, among other things in select Tacoma homes in need of repair.

Members will then be assigned to a community in locations across the nation to serve for 11 months of addressing critical repairs for residents in their respective locations. Many of the service recipients are long-term residents who are aging in their homes, have disabilities, or are single-parent households.

Rebuilding Together is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to repair homes and revitalize communities. Each year, it facilitates nearly 100,000 volunteers across the U.S., completing about 10,000 rebuild projects. AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs, addressing everything from increasing academic achievement to disaster preparedness.