The AmeriCorps NCCC program from Denver, Colo. named Douglass Community Services (DCS) the top sponsor for the NCCC team first round placements. DCS sponsored NCCC Fire Team 3.
AmeriCorps NCCC teams are comprised of 18-24 year-olds who commit a year of their lives to volunteer projects in the United States. Teams are placed through a competitive process. Local sponsors provide projects and housing for the team.
"We are excited to be recognized for our contributions as a team sponsor," said Stacey Nicholas, Community Outreach Initiative Director at Douglass Community Services. "Our team helped prepare Super Suppers and manage the Toys for Tots program. They made meals for students staying after school, held toy drives and managed the toy warehouse."
Genesis Church of Hannibal provided housing for the team.
"For many areas, one of the hardest part of the competition is providing housing for the team. We were blessed by Genesis Church making its facilities available for the six weeks of the project," Nicholas said.
AmeriCorps NCCC recognized Douglass Community Services for integrating the team into the sponsoring agency and creating opportunities for the team to learn and share in the local community. While in Hannibal, Fire Team 3 had enjoyed the Mark Twain Museum, speaking at Rotary, doing a podcast with KHMO, utilizing the Hannibal YMCA and participating in a Mississippi Mind Trap escape room. They also designed the Toys for Tots float for the Jaycees Christmas parade. During the parade, they distributed coloring books.
"Having the NCCC team here over the holiday season allowed our organization to provide much needed assistance to children and families and we could not accomplished this much work without their desire, hard work and commitment to our community," said Stephanie Cooper, Executive Director at Douglass Community Services. "We were truly blessed by having them here and look forward to partnering with them again in the future."
Douglass Community Services is a private, non-profit serving families in Northeast Missouri.