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Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss, Outreach & Education Officer, ServeOhio

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ServeOhio Welcomes Four AmeriCorps NCCC Teams to Ohio

ServeOhio is excited to welcome four AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) teams to Ohio this summer!

What is AmeriCorps NCCC?

NCCC strengthens communities and develops leaders through a full-time, team-based, residential national service program. NCCC partners with a variety of nonprofit organizations, tribal, federal, state, and local agencies to help meet a community need that would not be fully addressed without additional assistance. Projects typically last 6-8 weeks although shorter periods are possible. Types of service NCCC teams can perform include disaster services, energy conservation, infrastructure improvement, urban and rural development, and environmental stewardship. There is no charge for labor and teams provide their own transportation, however NCCC requests sponsors provide a place for the team to sleep and shower along with assistance with food or kitchen facilities to cook on.

Ohio Projects This Summer

City of East Liverpool, East Liverpool, OH

Reduce Blight And Promote Neighborhood Stabilization

AmeriCorps team Oak 5 will serve with the City of East Liverpool from July 10 – September 10, 2021. The City’s mission is to provide essential services and improve the quality of life of East Liverpool's residents. AmeriCorps NCCC has partnered with The City of East Liverpool to stabilize neighborhoods through landscaping and debris removal in blighted neighborhoods across the City. Oak 5 with AmeriCorps NCCC, led by team leader Kevin Wang, will contribute to the goals of the project by performing activities such as abandoned/vacant home yard cleanup, landscaping and tree planting, boarding houses, and removing debris. Members will also take pictures of blighted properties in assigned neighborhoods for properties of vacant homes to get a database of homes needing to be torn down, rehabilitated, etc. which will also help identify potential future locations for pocket parks and community gardens. The project is expected to benefit city residents through residential blight reduction and increased property values; and benefit the City through an increase in property tax revenue and improved appeal for attracting workforce and major employers. Members will improve construction, tree planting, and tool knowledge while serving on this project. Members will also gain a greater understanding of blight and the impacts it can have on a community, along with ways to address these challenges.

Ohio Association of Foodbanks - Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Cleveland, OH

Prepare and Distribute Food due to Impacts Of COVID-19

AmeriCorps team Oak 3 will serve on this project from July 10 – September 10, 2021. The Ohio Association of Foodbanks mission is to support its 12 member foodbanks in providing food and other resources to people in need and to pursue areas of common interest for the benefit of people in need. The Greater Cleveland Food Bank (GCFB) is one of the association's member foodbanks, serving six northeastern Ohio counties. The GCFB's mission is to ensure that everyone in their communities has the nutritious food they need every day. AmeriCorps NCCC has partnered with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks to help Ohio's emergency hunger relief network maintain its critical response to the food security crisis caused by the COVID-19 outbreak and related economic impacts. This partnership includes the GCFB to meet the emergency food needs of families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Oak 3 with AmeriCorps NCCC, led by team leader Kyle McNeill, will contribute to the goals of the project by performing activities such as preparing ready-to-eat meals, packing boxes and bags of food, and sorting donated and procured food items. The project is expected to ensure GCFB can continue to respond to the unprecedented need for emergency food assistance safely and efficiently while coping with pandemic conditions. GCFB has seen reduced access to volunteers, including corporate groups and seniors at-risk of serious illness from the novel coronavirus, as well as alarming rates of food insecurity and the GCFB and the hungry people it serves will benefit from the onsite service and support of full-time AmeriCorps NCCC Members. The GCFB estimates that Oak 3 will sort or pack roughly 75,000 pounds of food per week, assist with the preparation of 10,000 meals per week, and provide support for direct drive-through food distribution to an estimated 1,800 – 2,000 households each week. Oak 3 will also support summer feeding operations in the community which is the busiest timeframe of the year for GCFB and requires thousands of meals be prepared daily. Members will gain knowledge and awareness on food security issues facing the community and nation. The team will also gain knowledge on basic warehouse and logistic operations.

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio - Camp Timberlane, Wakeman, OH

Replace Trail Steps And Bridges, Blaze New Trails, Improve Camp

AmeriCorps team Cedar 6 will serve at Camp Timberlane from July 1 – September 8, 2021. Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) was formed in 2007 after five councils in the region merged, but Girl Scouting itself has been in Ohio since 1912. GSNEO serves 23,000 girls in 18 counties with the help of 11,500 adult volunteers. GSNEO’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. AmeriCorps NCCC has partnered with GSNEO to help maintain facilities at Camp Timberlane, with upgrades that will protect the environment and ensure local girls have a safe place to explore the outdoors. Cedar 6 with AmeriCorps NCCC, led by team leader Austin Wood, will contribute to the goals of the project by performing activities such as maintaining and blazing trails, replacing trail steps and bridges, improving camp drainage, planting trees and removing nonnative species, and renovating cabins. The project is expected to benefit local girls throughout Northeast Ohio who are members of Girl Scouts. Cedar 6 will gain an increased knowledge of trail maintenance and blazing, erosion control, and environmental conservation. Members will also learn about the impact that the Girl Scouts organization has on girls through leadership programing and camps.

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio - Camp Ledgewood, Peninsula, OH

Improve Trails, Paint Cabins, Plant Trees, Build Benches

AmeriCorps team Maple 8 will serve at Camp Ledgewood from July 1 – September 8, 2021. Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) was formed in 2007 after five councils in the region merged, but Girl Scouting itself has been in Ohio since 1912. GSNEO serves 23,000 girls in 18 counties with the help of 11,500 adult volunteers. GSNEO’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. AmeriCorps NCCC has partnered with GSNEO to help maintain facilities at Camp Ledgewood, with upgrades that will protect the environment and ensure local girls have a safe place to explore the outdoors. Maple 8 with AmeriCorps NCCC, led by team leader Brendan Dyer, will contribute to the goals of the project by performing activities such as maintaining and blazing trails, improving camp drainage, planting trees, building benches and storage sheds, and renovating cabins. The project is expected to benefit local girls throughout Northeast Ohio who are members of Girl Scouts. Maple 8 will gain an increased knowledge of trail maintenance and blazing, erosion control, and environmental conservation. Members will also learn about the impact that the Girl Scouts organization has on girls through leadership programing and camps.

Interested in hosting a team of NCCC members at your organization?

The AmeriCorps NCCC’s 2022 Request for Proposals will be released later this summer. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to Jeff Moeur at jmoeur@cns.gov or 319-472-9664x49.

Want to become a member of AmeriCorps NCCC?

NCCC is an incredible opportunity to introduce adventure into your life, strengthen communities, and become a leader. For more information and to apply, click here.



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