Our AmeriCorps members spend a year serving as team leaders, trainers, supervisors and community ambassadors for DC Habitat. With their support, we’re able to train and engage more volunteers and help even more local families.

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DC Habitat AmeriCorps Member Katie Garafola
Katie Garafola
AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leader

Kathryn (Katie) graduated from James Madison University in 2017 with a degree in Architectural Design. In college, she realized her passion for humanitarian work, focusing her projects on helping the homeless and preserving culture. Kathryn looks forward to building relationships with people in the D.C. community and gaining new skills. After AmeriCorps, she hopes to pursue a career in architechture while continuing to volunteer with Habitat.

DC Habitat AmeriCorps Member Rael Griffin
Rael Griffin
AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leader

Rael is a local musician, sophomore in college (film major) discontented with college life. He joined Habitat in hopes of finding a more substantive life. He has worked construction in the past.

DC Habitat AmeriCorps Member Jan Lane
Jan Lane
AmeriCorps Volunteer Services Coordinator

Januelle (Jan) is very excited to begin working with Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. She is originally from Boise, Idaho where she attended Boise State University and graduated with a degree in Political Science. Jan has enjoyed volunteering with Habitat and learning new skills out on the build site and serving the city in a hands on capacity. In her free time she most loves movies and travel.

DC Habitat AmeriCorps Member Max Levine
Max Levine
AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leader

After living in everything from a mud hut, timber-frame trailer on wheels, canvas yurt, catering tent, a cabin he built himself, and a suburban home in Maryland, Max has built a deep appreciation for the power of having a real home. During college Max took a full two years to live and work on a farm, where he learned carpentry and woodworking, discovering what would become his full time passion. After returning to college and graduating with a degree in sculpture, Max moved back to his home city of DC where he worked briefly as a freelance woodworker before finding his dream job working for Habitat. In his free time Max works as an artist, musician, and furniture maker.

DC Habitat AmeriCorps Member Caroline Meyer
Caroline Meyer
AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leader

Caroline graduated from Kent State University in 2017 with a degree in political science and a concentration in photojournalism. Before college, she served on an AmeriCorps NCCC team that worked with Habitat in San Diego. The experience ignited an interest in homelessness and Habitat’s critical work. As a student, Caroline lived in D.C. while interning for a small human rights NGO and she’s excited to be back in a city she loves pursuing her passion for service and making a difference in the community.

DC Habitat AmeriCorps Member Kara Neal
Kara Neel
AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leader

Kara is an AmeriCorps Alum who comes to DC Habitat with two years of experience volunteering with Trinity Habitat for Humanity. In 2014, she graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Public Affairs and Community Service. She has worked and volunteered with a variety of nonprofit organizations and looks forward to working with Habitat again and bringing her experience and knowledge to DC.