AmeriCorps NCCC supports Hannibal youth this holiday season

For the Courier-Post
Posted: Nov. 23, 2018 4:59 pm

Hannibal families in need are receiving a helping hand from a team of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members, who are helping facilitate the Toys for Tots and Super Suppers programs. This team of 10 young adults arrived on Saturday, Nov. 10 from their home base in Denver and will be serving here through Monday, Dec. 17.

The AmeriCorps NCCC team is serving with Douglass Community Services, whose mission is to sponsor programs that aid and advocate for families in the areas of food security, childhood development, family services and other challenge areas that affect communities on a daily basis. Douglass sponsors programs such as Head Start, Kids in Motion, Emergency Food Pantry and other services for residents.

Over the course of this six-week project, this AmeriCorps NCCC team will assist in the packaging of meals for 500 middle and high school students through the Super Suppers program, as well as the collection, organization, and distribution of Christmas gifts for 1,500 children through the Toys for Tots program.

"AmeriCorps NCCC members will assist in providing added nutrition to Hannibal school students as well as help children receive the hope of Christmas through these two programs. They will also be introduced to the unique history of Hannibal and Northeast Missouri," said Stacey Nicholas, Community Outreach Initiative program director.

One previous AmeriCorps NCCC team served with Douglass Community Services in 2015. They served 4,595 hours with the organization and their accomplishments included restoring 2.1 miles of hiking trail, serving 2,310 meals and tutoring 35 K-12 students.

This is the first of several projects to be completed by this AmeriCorps NCCC team. They began their term of service on Oct. 16, 2018 with three weeks of training at the Denver regional hub. After Dec 17, 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 18, 2019.

AmeriCorps NCCC (N-triple-C) is a full-time, residential, national service program in which up to 2,200 young adults serve nationwide annually. During their 10-month term, Corps Members — all 18 to 24 years old — work on teams of eight to 12 on projects that address critical needs. Traditional NCCC members work on a variety of different six- to 12-week-long projects related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. Members of FEMA Corps, a branch of NCCC, focus their projects exclusively on emergency management work in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Southwest Region campus in Denver is one of four regional hubs in the nation and serves eight states in the central and southwest parts of the country. The other campuses are located in Vinton, Iowa, Vicksburg, Miss., and Sacramento, Calif.

In exchange for their service, Corps Members receive $6,095 to help pay for college, or to pay back existing student loans. Other benefits include a small living stipend, room and board, travel, leadership development, increased self-confidence, and the knowledge that, through active citizenship, people can indeed make a difference. AmeriCorps NCCC is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Corporation improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. For more information about AmeriCorps NCCC, visit the website .

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