Day Two: Rebuilding Atlantic City

New Jersey: Where only the strong survive. We’ve all seen the phrase plastered on shirts and stuck on bumpers, but today we all learned the true definition of “Jersey Strong.” As we began Day Two, with sore arms and bits fiberglass in our hair, excitement brewed – all of the volunteers (including me) were motivated by Day One’s progress and ready to see our families’ houses continue to return to…

Rebuilding Atlantic City: Day One

What a day! Today marked Day One of Discovery Impact: Rebuilding Atlantic City, and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. The day began with an orientation with Habitat for Humanity Atlantic County, where we learned more about Superstorm Sandy’s devastation, making this experience even more meaningful for all of us. After orientation, we met our Habitat team leaders, and the hard work began. Each team faced different challenges at…

We’re Off! Rebuilding Atlantic City 2013

And we’re off! Today through Sunday, Discovery employees will join ten families in Ventnor, NJ to help repair the damage done to their homes during Superstorm Sandy with our friends at Habitat for Humanity. I’ll be joining the Discovery Impact rebuild team (125 strong!) and sharing the team’s experiences on our social channels – we hope you’ll join us! I’ll share recaps each night on the blog, and you can…

‘Creating Change’ for Habitat for Humanity

This Creating Change post is from guest blogger Heidi May, a new addition to the Discovery Communications family and publicist for Discovery Education. Stay tuned for more guest posts later today. Today, our team has been Creating Change for Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County (HFH-MC). The mission of HFH-MC is to transform lives by building simple, decent homes for local families in need. Despite being one of the most…

‘Rebuilding Alabama’ with TLC’s Duggar Family

Last month, 125 Discovery employees were joined by familiar faces from several of Discovery’s networks for a special project: helping Habitat for Humanity build homes for families left homeless after the devastating tornadoes that ravaged Alabama on April 27. The team had several sets of extra hands thanks to TLC‘s Duggar family, and tomorrow night (November 1) you can catch a special 19 Kids & Counting episode at 9pm ET/PT…

Discovery Channel’s ‘Storm Chasers’ Returns Tonight

I grew up in Tornado Alley, and there’s something about severe weather that fascinates me. Of course, my enthusiasm has its limits — such as when a storm turns violent and affects people and property. That’s exactly what happened this past April, the most active tornado month on record with 753 tornadoes reported. In particular, April 27, 2011 became the deadliest tornado day in over half a century, with multiple…

Making New Friends, New Homes

After three days of Rebuilding Alabama with Habitat for Humanity Greater Birmingham, our teams will be heading back to Miami, New York and Silver Spring tomorrow morning. It’s been an eye-opening and rewarding time for our employees and our thanks go to Habitat for Humanity, the families we were able to meet and help and to the people of Alabama that welcomed us. While the work is far from done,…

Rebuilding Alabama: The Impact Continues

With an energetic start on five build sites yesterday, Discovery Impact: Rebuilding Alabama continued today with Discovery’s 125 employees working with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Birmingham and those that will receive the housing they are creating (Sydney and Jeremy even helped put up the walls to their new bedrooms). Read more about Rebuilding Alabama from The Birmingham News and view some of the highlights from Friday below.

Rebuilding Alabama: Getting Dirty & Making a Difference

The first full day of Discovery Impact: Rebuilding Alabama started off early and had our color-coded teams rolling up their sleeves and breaking a sweat from the start. Our employees and several familiar faces from our networks were welcomed with open arms by the Habitat for Humanity team in Birmingham as 125 employees worked on several build sites in Pleasant Grove and Jasper and got a chance to meet the…

On the Road to ‘Rebuilding Alabama’

We all followed along last Spring as a series of tornadoes made a destructive path across the southern United States — in awe of the power of Mother Nature. And, although several months have passed, rebuilding is not a quick or easy process. That’s why over a hundred Discovery employees have just landed in Birmingham, Alabama to team up with Habitat for Humanity to trade in their BlackBerries for hammers…