HANNIBAL — A team of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps members is helping Douglass Community Services provide the community with food and gifts for this upcoming holiday season. The group of 12 young adults arrived Saturday, Nov. 9 and will be serving here through Friday, Dec. 20.
Douglass Community Services' mission is to work to build stronger communities by helping people help themselves. Over the years, Douglass has expanded to now serve eight counties in Northeast Missouri. They directly serve these communities in many ways, including sponsoring several nonprofit human services agencies such as Head Start, Community Outreach Initiatives, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Kids in Motion, Emergency Food Pantry, Christmas Adopt a Family, Emergency Utility Assistance and the Nifty Thrifty Clothing Store.
Over the course of this six-week project, this AmeriCorps NCCC team will conduct toy drives and help organize toy donations for the Toys For Tots campaign. They will also assist with other tasks as needed.
AmeriCorps NCCC first served with Douglass Community Services in 2015, with two teams previously serving almost 7,000 hours with the organization. Some of the cumulative accomplishments of those teams includes coordinating a USDA summer feeding program in Canton, collecting almost 20,000 toys and stocking stuffers, and receiving, inventorying or distributing over 50,000 pounds of food.
This is the first of several projects to be completed by this AmeriCorps NCCC team. They began their term of service on Oct. 15, with three weeks of training at the Denver regional hub. After Dec. 20, they will travel to a series of other six- to 12-week projects in communities throughout the central and southwestern United States. They will graduate from the 10-month program on July 16.