Habitat Welcomes New AmeriCorps Members

August 25, 2014: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh welcomes four new AmeriCorps members!

Each year, AmeriCorps members work alongside of Habitat For Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh staff, in order to accomplish the mission of the affiliate.  Recently, four new AmeriCorops started their year of volunteering.


Allison Lenz:  Allison, a native Pittsburgher, graduated from Kent State University (Kent, Ohio) with an Applied Mathematics degree. After a summer of work for Hampton Fields Village, Allison joined the Habitat team as the Volunteer Services Coordinator. She is detail oriented and has a tendency to be overly excited about Excel spreadsheets.

Chaska Yoder: An Ohio native, Chaska spent the last four years earning her undergraduate degree at Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, Virginia).  Chaska serves as the Community Outreach and Development Fellow, coming to Habitat by way of Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience. She loves exploring Pittsburgh and is excited about connecting with people in the various communities where Habitat works.

Mark McNally: Mark fills one of Habitat's Construction Crew Leader positions. Mark has experience in non-profits, including time at Working America, a job he took after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in the spring of 2013. Mark traces his passion for community development to his time studying sociology in college.

Rory Castrogiovanni: Rory started volunteering for Habitat when he was 13 years old.  Even through college, he continued to volunteer with Habitat Mid-Ohio when he stayed at home during breaks from Bethany College (Bethany, West Virginia). Rory serves as a Construction Crew Leader and does his best to reduce dull moments in the office. 


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