ServeOhio is pleased to welcome a team of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members to Ohio! AmeriCorps NCCC engages 18 to 24 year olds in team-based national and community service throughout the country. NCCC teams complete about four different six to eight week long projects during their 10-month term of service. Each team is made up of eight to twelve Corps Members and one Team Leader. Corps Members and Team Leaders are representative of all colors, creeds, states, and economic status. ServeOhio welcomes the NCCC team Maple 4 to serve at Supports to Encourage Low-income Families (SELF) in Hamilton, Ohio. Learn more about the project below. Supports to Encourage Low-income Families (SELF), Hamilton, OH Maple 4 with AmeriCorps NCCC will serve with SELF from July 6 – September 15, 2020. As Butler County’s Community Action Agency, the mission of SELF is to enhance the quality of life for county residents by impacting the causes of poverty and empowering individuals to achieve, sustain, and advocate self-sufficiency. AmeriCorps NCCC has partnered with SELF to complete repairs on over 30 homes in Butler County and remove property code violations as part of SELF's Neighbors Who Care: Home Repair Program. This program allows senior citizens, people with disabilities and low-income families with young children to stay in their homes more safely. The need for free home repairs and mobility repairs is much greater than SELF’s capacity. SELF volunteers serve year-round on a waiting list of qualifying homeowners and SELF typically organizes concentrated volunteer programs in the summer, however much of these events have been canceled or postponed due to COVID-19. SELF has seen a rising need for these services while at the same time seen significant drops in volunteers due to COVID-19. AmeriCorps NCCC has partnered with SELF to serve many individuals in their program. Members will contribute to the goals of the project by performing activities such as: porch replacement and repair; wheelchair ramp construction and painting; step repair; and painting home exteriors. The project is expected to benefit Butler County through the approximately 30 homeowners (low-income seniors, people with disabilities and families with young children) who will receive repairs and improvements and allow low-income homeowners to stay in their homes more safely. Members will learn carpentry, repair, and weatherization skills while on this project in addition to learning how a Community Action Agency operates in local communities. Members may also earn OSHA-10 certification while serving on this project and gain perspective on challenges faced by low-income homeowners.