AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, team-based residential service program for 18–26-year-olds. AmeriCorps members serving in the NCCC program represent a wide variety of socioeconomic, cultural, geographic, and educational backgrounds. AmeriCorps members serving in the NCCC program are assigned to one of four regional campuses and then placed into teams ranging between 8-12 members. The teams complete a variety of service projects, which are generally 3 to 13 weeks in duration, and respond to local communities’ needs throughout the United States and territories. Currently, there are two teams of NCCC members serving in Ohio! --- Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity, Maumee, OH Team Maple 1 is serving at the Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity in Maumee, OH. Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity’s (MVHFH) mission is “Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope”. AmeriCorps NCCC has partnered with MVHFH to support the mission of home ownership. AmeriCorps Members of the NCCC program, led by Maple 1 team leader David Wacker, will contribute to the goals of the project by performing activities such as rehabbing three homes for new partner families and preparation of kits for Playhouse Project blitz builds. The project is expected to benefit residents who live in Lucas County, Ohio, who fall between 25-80 percent Area Median Income (AMI) and have a desire to partner with Habitat. Since 1988, MVHFH’s homeownership program has provided the opportunity for over 225 low-to-moderate income families to own a safe, decent, affordable home through a 0 percent mortgage. NCCC teams will serve along pro’s, staff and volunteers with tasks including gutting, framing flooring, windows and trim, drywall, siding, landscaping, and painting. The AmeriCorps NCCC team will also assist with preparation for the Playhouse Project blitz build which is a two-day opportunity for business and civic organization to adopt the building of playhouses which are donated to a deserving child. Maple 1 will help with prepping playhouse kits in the warehouse and providing necessary hands to prepare for the large two-day event held in May. Additionally, Maple 1 team may assist with some ReStore activities such as sorting and testing donated products. All these activities will help address affordable housing needs in the community. While serving on this project, Members will gain extensive home construction and home repair skills, improve their tool knowledge, and leadership skills. The team will also learn more about the need for and importance of affordable housing and the Habitat model. Methodist Theological School in Ohio , Delaware, OH Team Oak 1 will serve at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Methodist Theological School in Ohio’s (MTSO) Seminary Hill Farm teaches small-scale farming and produces healthy food for all in pursuit of a just, sustainable, and generative world. Stratford Ecological Center is dedicated to the education of children and adults in understanding the relationship between living things and their environment, thereby fostering an appreciation for the land and all life that depends on it. AmeriCorps NCCC has partnered with MTSO and Stratford to build organizational capacity by assisting in infrastructure development, including ADA projects at both sites, and enhancing environmental stewardship and conservation. AmeriCorps Members of the NCCC program, led by Oak 1 team leader Nicole Lombino, will contribute to the goals of the project by performing activities such as improvements to both facilities such as trail and grade modifications to improve accessibility and public access, signage and mapping, wetland preservation, and old cemetery preservation. Additionally, the team will be engaging in early season farm, forest, and facilities preparation for the upcoming growing season. The project is expected to benefit community members and guests to Seminary Hill Farm and Stratford by providing access to education, fresh local food, safe walking paths and ecosystem management. Members will gain knowledge on sustainable farming, geothermal green houses and solar power, plant identification, and trail building, among other skills. --- Learn more about AmeriCorps NCCC here .