“If you want to serve, the best way is to come to Vinton,” said David Eisner, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees NCCC. “NCCC members provide crucial aid to communities by focusing on needs that are determined by the communities themselves. We welcome eligible Iowa residents to our inaugural NCCC class in the state.”
NCCC director Merlene Mazyck explained that the first set of service projects will focus on Iowa communities. “With 14 teams deployed throughout the state, NCCC will help Iowa communities get things done while generating enthusiasm and interest about national service,” she said. During their service, NCCC members will undertake a variety of service projects in Iowa, in addition to traveling to surrounding states in the region. Besides the impact that NCCC members have in helping communities, the new campus is expected to add 20 jobs, and a payroll of $1.2 million, to the area.
Both Senator Tom Harkin and Governor Chet Culver have welcomed the new campus to the state. “For over a decade, AmeriCorps members from all over the country have served Iowans, and I welcome the National Civilian Community Corps to our state,” Harkin. Culver added, “The spirit of service is alive and well in Iowa, and especially in our young people. I encourage Iowans to take advantage of this great opportunity to give back to our communities, state, and country.”
AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, team-based residential program for men and women ages 18-24. NCCC members, assigned to one of four campuses, are organized into teams of 10-12 members and serve in local communities in every state responding to needs that are identified by community-based organizations. Approximately 1,100 members serve in NCCC each year. About 160 people between the ages of 18 and 24 will serve at the Iowa campus during its first year. NCCC is focusing its recruiting efforts on Iowa, with Iowa residents expected to account for 25 percent of the campus’s first class. For more information on AmeriCorps or to apply online, please visit http://www.americorps.gov/. The deadline for applying to the new Iowa campus is April 15, 2008.
Teams serve with local and national organizations, providing much needed skills and leading volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross, and hundreds of other organizations. These dedicated and energetic young adults tutor students, construct and rehabilitate low-income housing, clean up streams, help communities develop emergency plans, and address other local needs. Trained in CPR, first aid, disaster response and firefighting, NCCC teams have responded to every national disaster since the program was established.
NCCC will be headquartered at the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School. During their year of service, NCCC members based at the campus will undertake a variety of projects in the campus’s service area, which, in addition to Iowa, includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. NCCC’s other campuses are in Sacramento, Calif.; Denver, Colo.; and Perry Point, Md.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. The Corporation administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America. For more information, visit http://www.nationalservice.gov.