AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) has deployed three teams of members to serve across the Commonwealth. Teams will address homelessness, ecotourism and environmental conservation.
- Virginia Housing Alliance will host a team from August 17-September 15, 2016, with the mission of expanding affordable housing opportunities and helping in the fight against homelessness through advocacy, education, and collaboration. NCCC members is assisting to help the Commonwealth end chronic homelessness by the end of 2017 by providing skilled hands to help individuals experiencing chronic homelessness through outreach, engagement, communication, and assessment. The team will help conduct a “registry week,” whereby the community will engage with their chronically homeless population to create a by-name list of individuals and administer a vulnerability-based assessment tool. The team will conduct the community’s first summer point-in-time count to collect data which will be used to make resource allocation decisions. They will also help repair and upgrade supportive housing sites and conduct landlord outreach and engagement to increase housing stock availability. NCCC members will work with the local cold weather and day shelter site, G.U.E.S.T., to landscape (weeding, mowing, minor repairs) and create a housing-focused resource guide that will help clients find permanent housing.
- The City of Norton will host a team mid-September through mid-October, to promote and foster ecotourism and adventure tourism as an economic engine. The lush forests in the area have been described as an area of biodiversity second only to the Amazon and makes the community a very attractive venue for outdoor pursuits. An NCCC team is sought to help in the development of a mountain bike trail system in a known rock climbing area called Flag Rock Area Trails. This is an ongoing, long term project which is only possible by the involvement of volunteers. The addition of a talented NCCC team, and the number of work hours they could provide, will be invaluable to the creation of the intermediate level bicycle trail phase of the project.
- The Appalachian Trail Conservancy will host a team from mid-September through mid-October to preserve and manage the trail's vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage. One of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world (measuring roughly 2,180 miles in length and covering fourteen states from Georgia to Maine) will host the NCCC team which will assist in a Leave No Trace (LNT) Hotspot (https://lnt.org/get-involved/hot-spots) in the Grayson Highlands area of Southwest Virginia. This would be an amazing and unique opportunity for NCCC, as there are only 16 Hotspots across the U.S.