Mahala Greer, originally from Paonia, has joined 220 other individuals from across the United States in Vinton, Iowa where they are devoting the next 10 months to giving back to communities in the North Central Region of the United States.
Greer has been serving with the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), an AmeriCorps program, since Feb. 5, 2013.
Since arriving, Greer and the other members have gone through an intensive training to prepare them for serving in communities. This four-week training period emphasized teamwork, leadership development, communication, diversity and service learning. During this time, members were also assigned to one of 20 teams. Each team serves, on average, on four to seven projects during their term of service with NCCC.
On March 8, NCCC members completed their training and were officially inducted into the AmeriCorps NCCC program with the ceremony being held at Vinton-Shellsburg High School Auditorium. On Monday, March 11, NCCC teams, including Greer and her team, left Vinton to begin serving on their first NCCC service project. She has the task of leading her team, which is serving with Mary McLeod Bethune Intervention and Engagement Center in Mansfield, Ohio, until April 24. On this project, the team is doing interior demolition, painting and landscaping at the new Carter Neighborhood Plaza Center. The center is an urban development project that provides a multi-purpose facility and commercial kitchen for small emerging incubator businesses.
Prior to joining NCCC, Greer graduated from Paonia High School in May 2006 and University of Colorado – Denver in May 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Spanish language and literature. Greer joined NCCC because she has always wanted to be part of a program dedicated to domestic community development. She believes NCCC will allow her to travel to parts of the U.S. she had never been to while engaging in direct service.
AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, residential, national service program in which 1,100 young adults serve nationwide each year. During their 10-month term, NCCC members work on teams of eight to 12 on projects that address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development.
In exchange for their service, NCCC members receive $5,550 to help pay for college, or to pay back existing student loans. Other benefits include a small living stipend, room and board, leadership development, increased self-confidence, and the knowledge that, through active citizenship, people can indeed make a difference. AmeriCorps NCCC is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
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