Sarah’s Snippets 6/9/2015
The AmeriCorps NCCC program supplies teams of volunteers to sites who have been accepted to the program. The teams are made up of young people aged 18-24 years old who have committed a year of their time to serve their country. After a period of training at the home campus, each team is sent to a participating site for 6-8 weeks. The host site agrees to provide work for the team and a place for the group to stay. In a collaborative staff effort, the following article was written for SALT’s weekly email about the team that just left:
It’s a sad day here at SALT as we bid farewell to the wonderful team of AmeriCorps NCCCs that have been volunteering with us for the past several weeks. Their enthusiasm, work ethic, and compassion have been an inspiration to all of us here at SALT. They’ve been doing work all over the county assisting flood victims and furthering SALT’s mission of community development.
Here is just a sample of some of the projects these young people accomplished during their time working with SALT:
2200 man-hours served
Research for several SALT projects, including the trail feasibility study and Volunteer Reception Center
700 pounds of food collected at the Breakabeen food pantry
109 meals served
Assisted with rehabilitating six homes (drywall, flooring, etc.)
Improved local green spaces including gardens, trails and tree planting sites
With each project completed, accolades for their efforts followed. Bill Morton, Village of Middleburgh Trustee, reported that the NCCC volunteers performed “magnificently” and went beyond the call of duty in the work they performed to assist with wildflower plantings in Middleburgh.
A BIG thank you to the AmeriCorps NCCC Raven 2 Team! Based on our experience, each of these young adults is destined for greatness. We wish you best!
In addition to thanking the NCCC Raven 2 team and AmeriCorps national, we owe a big THANK YOU to Liz and Skeeter Coons and the Breakabeen Presbyterian Church for providing the place for the team to live while they were in the area. In addition, the SALT staff worked tirelessly to coordinate the work projects with supplies, site supervision, and transportation. It is through this kind of collaborative effort that SALT continues to move this area forward toward full long term recovery.