AmeriCorps NCCC seeks summer host sites – Jan 2019
This is a reminder for AmeriCorps NCCC projects in 2019. Concept Forms are due on or before Thursday, January 3, 2019 for projects falling in the Round 2 timeframe (May 6 – June 27, 2019). Round 3 and 4 timeframes have later Concept Form due dates.
AmeriCorps NCCC Overview:
AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) strengthens communities and develops leaders through a federal full-time, team-based, residential national service program. NCCC partners with a variety of nonprofit organizations, federal, state, and local agencies, and tribal organizations to complete projects typically lasting 6-8 weeks which address a compelling community need that would not be fully addressed without additional assistance. This applies to the North Central Region which covers a total of 15 states (IL, IN, IA, ME, MI, MN, NE, NH, NY, ND, OH, PA, SD, VT, WI).
Some types of tasks NCCC teams have completed in the past include the following:
- Energy Conservation: weatherizing existing homes or public infrastructure by insulating rim joists, caulking windows, conducting home energy audits and blower door tests, and conducting energy related educational programming.
- Environmental Stewardship and Conservation: trail construction, brush and invasive species removal, assisting environmental education classes for camps, and cleaning up river systems.
- Urban and Rural Development: blight removal projects in cities and other neighborhood revitalization efforts, assisting camp counselors at summer camps, building homes with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, assisting with tax preparation, and building community gardens.
- Infrastructure Improvement: repairing or maintaining public infrastructure such as city-owned fair and rodeo grounds, building public campsites, and constructing wheelchair ramps and boardwalks.
- Disaster: packing/preparing/distributing disaster kits and educational materials; clean-up work after a disaster (e.g. cleaning up or repairing homes after flooding or repairing trail systems after a wildfire), and performing preparedness or mitigation tasks.
To give you some more information, AmeriCorps NCCC teams typically consist of 8-12 young adults age 18-24, including a team leader. Members come from all over the country and range from high school to college graduates in terms of education. Teams typically work in a particular community for 6-8 weeks, although shorter periods are possible. There is no charge for labor and teams provide their own transportation, however NCCC requests a place to sleep and shower be provided along with assistance with food or kitchen facilities to cook on.
Interested? These are the next steps:
You can find more information on our website (https://www.nationalservice.gov/ncccsponsor). The Concept Form which is the first step in applying, as well as the Instructions can be found by the hyperlinks. Concept Forms can be submitted to Jeff Moeur at firstname.lastname@example.org and are required for each team or timeframe you may be considering. Please be sure to fully answer each question in your response. Upon review, potential sponsors will be invited to submit a full application or contacted for more information. Feel free to contact Jeff if you have any questions.
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