Press Release: AMERICORPS NCCC WORK IN SCHOHARIE, NY

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Press Release: AMERICORPS NCCC WORK IN SCHOHARIE, NY

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SALT Development
258 Main St, P.O. Box 777, Schoharie, NY 12157
Contact: Jin Kim
JinK@saltdevelopment.org
518-702-5017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AMERICORPS NCCC WORK IN SCHOHARIE, NY

April 27, 2017. Schoharie, NY. SALT Development has coordinated AmeriCorps NCCC (National Community Civilian Corps) members in Schoharie for the past four years. We coordinated the AmeriCorps NCCC for the first time in 2012 to help with recovery after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. For the past few years, the AmeriCorps NCCC have assisted with community development projects throughout Schoharie County. This year, we worked with the Buffalo 6 team which included 11 members; Nathan Devey, Kimora Felton, Jaylandt Gilmer, Talya Hunt, Mackenzie Leach, Daniel Shefner, Alyssa Shoup, Jeremiah Thomas, Alex Unger, Kaeliegh Watson, and team leader Joe Sewall. The team was stationed in Schoharie County for one month, working for a total of 2,267 hours on direct service projects with the:

  • Schoharie Promotional Association on the development of the Lily Park in the Village of Schoharie.

  • New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to assist in achieving some of the goals set out in their newly drafted Strategic Plan, for example, by removing as many non-native plant species as possible to help support a healthy diversity of native plant species.

  • Village of Middleburgh on the rehabilitation of the Depot and development of the hummingbird/butterfly preserve off of Baker Ave.

  • Esperance Historical Society to provide general labor for the museum.

  • Office of the Aging to assist in researching for a community center for the elderly.

  • West Fulton Arts in rehabilitating a building, soon to house their office and events space.

  • Schoharie County Community Action Program to assist in furthering their food bank program.

  • Schoharie County Historical Society to provide general labor assistance.

  • Landis Arboretum to rehabilitate their welcome center, provide ground maintenance and trail work.

  • Town of Blenheim to provide general labor at the soon to be Blenheim Community Center and the historic Schoolhouse.

  • Cobleskill Rotary to rehabilitate the bleachers at Nick Iorio Park in Cobleskill.

  • Iroquois Indian Museum to assist in trail clean up and maintenance.

  • Schoharie Reformed Church to provide general labor in the rehabilitation of the church.

  • Schoharie Central School to provide general labor assistance and assist with the development of their book program.

  • Village of Canajoharie to provide general labor assistance.

  • SALT to assist in assembling emergency preparedness kits for their Kits for Kids program and with research for their Trail Feasibility Study.

SALT would not have been able to coordinate the NCCC members to work on all of the listed projects if not for all of the organizations that have helped. We want to thank all of the organizations that have made it possible to bring the AmeriCorps NCCC members to Schoharie.  Special thanks to the Village of Schoharie for their hospitality; Schoharie Reformed Church for allowing the members to utilize their community kitchen, Heritage House space and inviting them to the soup and bread dinners; Capital District YMCA – Duanesburg Branch for accommodating the NCCC team to utilize the shower and gym facilities; Howe Caverns for accommodating the NCCC and giving the members a tour of the caverns; Iroquois Indian Museum for accommodating the members and allowing them to explore the museum; Esperance-Sloansville United Methodist Church for inviting NCCC members to join their spaghetti dinner.

To learn more about their work, you can check out all of the pictures of their work on SALT’s Facebook page at SALTDevelops. Jin Kim of SALT, Joe Sewall, Talya Hunt, Dan Shefner of AmeriCorps NCCC Buffalo 6 team, and Bill Morton of the Village of Middleburgh were interviewed by Ed Sherlock of Lite 94.3 & AM 1190 WSDE Radio, www.saltdevelopment.org/wsde-1190-salt-speaks-edition-4/. SchoPeg headed down to the Town of Blenheim, Minekill State Park, and the Village of Middleburgh to interview the organizations, their efforts and their work with the NCCC members.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Jin Kim at 518-702-5017 or jink@saltdevelopment.org.

 

SALT Development builds resilient and sustainable communities by coordinating collaborative revitalization projects.

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