Paonia resident Mahala Greer is graduating from the AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) North Central Region campus on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, in Vinton, Iowa. This ceremony marks the end of a 10-month journey that began in February 2013 for Greer.
Greer is one of 160 corps members and team leaders who left their mark on the communities they have served in. During their term of service, corps members and team leaders served in teams of 10-12 and were deployed across the North Central Region states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
AmeriCorps NCCC community service projects target five focus areas: the environment, energy conservation, disasters, infrastructure improvement and urban and rural development. Nineteen NCCC teams completed 110 service projects with 85 different project sponsors including: Flint Habitat for Humanity in Michigan, YMCA of Metro Minneapolis in Minnesota; Camp Wapsie in Coggon, Iowa; Taltree Arboretum and Gardens in Valparaiso, Indiana; and Black Hills Workshop in Rapid City, South Dakota.
The service completed by NCCC teams included performing prairie restoration, invasive species removal and prescribed burns with various County Conservation Boards, conservancies and parks; assisting with educational activities for youth at YMCA camps and Boys and Girls clubs; assisting with all aspects of home construction with Habitat for Humanity; and assisting with flood recovery efforts in and outside our region with various organizations.
NCCC members, 18-24, must complete at least 1,700 hours of service during the 10-month program. In exchange for their service, they receive $5,550 to help pay for college or to pay school loans. Other benefits include leadership development, team building skills, increased self-confidence and the satisfaction of knowing that they have made a real difference in communities across the country.
AmeriCorps NCCC is part of AmeriCorps, a network of national service programs administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. For information about applying to AmeriCorps NCCC or obtaining a team, call 1-800-942-2677 or visit the website at www.nationalservice.gov.blog comments powered by Disqus