On August 21, 2018, AmeriCorps NCCC teams departed the AmeriCorps Southern Regional Campus in Vicksburg, MS, campus to begin their first round of service projects across the region. Two teams will be serving in Virginia until October 15, 2018.
Members will be serving along the Appalachian Trail and in the City of Norton. NCCC members serving along the Appalachian Trail will preserve and manage the trail, as well as assist with boundary marking, invasive removal to protect endangered plant and animal populations, and rehab work on the Appalachian Trail itself. In Norton, which has suffered from economic loss due to the waning coal industry, members will continue to help with a vast development project – a large mountain biking and hiking trail system in the city's 1,000 acre Flag Rock Recreation Area. AmeriCorps members will be constructing an integral loop trail for the site.
NCCC engages teams of members in short-term (6-8 weeks) projects in communities across the United States. Projects address critical needs relating to: Environmental Stewardship, Urban and Rural Development, Energy Conservation, Infrastructure Improvement, and Disaster Response & Rebuilding. Members construct and rehabilitate low-income housing, respond to natural disasters, clean up streams, help communities develop emergency plans, and address countless other local needs.
Learn more about AmeriCorps NCCC by clicking here and stay up-to-date on what the Southern Region teams are doing to get things done on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AmeriCorpsNCCCSouthern/.