This February and March, AmeriCorps NCCC teams will be deployed to four separate areas in Virginia from the AmeriCorps Southern Regional Campus in Vicksburg, MS. Projects in Abingdon, Lynchburg, and Suffolk are new to Virginia with one returning project in Harrisonburg.
In Abingdon, members will help with the Critical Home Repair Program in Washington County. Many residents in the county live in mobile homes and are unable to maintain them due to limitations beyond their control. The team would help with repairs that include exterior and interior painting, roof repair, installation of handicap accessible entrances, and possibly structural repairs. The members will serve between February 14-April 3, 2019.
In Lynchburg, the NCCC team is being deployed to respond to flood damage in the area as part of the continued long term recovery of this community. The city recently experienced a large flash flood event that devastated many of it's public spaces. The team will help to reroute approximately 1,000 feet of the Beaver Trail within the city park around a bridge that was destroyed in the flood. Members will also rebuild a damaged foot bridge in Sandusky Park. The members will serve between March 1-22, 2019.
In the Suffolk area, the team will assist the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Northeast Region Fire Management (USFWS). The USFWS fire program manages fire to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats, while first ensuring human safety and then protecting facilities and neighboring communities. The NCCC team will learn wildfire response and support wildfire operations during the spring fire season in southeast Virginia. The members will serve between March 14-April 22, 2019.
Finally, in Harrisonburg the Forest Service will utilize the team to assist with wildland firefighting as well as S212 chainsaw skills for the upcoming fire season as well as other disaster projects. The overall project will also encompass other areas of the Forest Service including wildlife, recreation, and silviculture. Members will have an immersive experience with a large federal program, and they will gain an appreciation for the mission of the forest service and the land and people we serve. The members will serve between March 1-April 22, 2019.
NCCC is a full-time, residential, team-based program for young adults, age 18-24 (with no upper age limit to serve as a team leader). Members develop leadership skills and strengthen communities by completing service projects and gaining life experience. Teams, comprised of 8-10 members, complete multiple projects that address essential community needs throughout the United States. During the 10-month service term, members receive lodging, transportation, uniform and meals. Upon the completion of the program, members are eligible to receive the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award equal to the maximum Pell Grant amount: $6095, as of Oct. 1 2018.
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