|Two new AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps teams arrived in Joplin on May 14, 2012, from the Southwest Region campus in Denver. Partnering with Rebuild Joplin and the St. Louis Emergency Response Team, they will spend 10-weeks performing case management, debris removal, home construction and moving families back into their homes.
These are the fourth and final long-term projects for these AmeriCorps NCCC teams.
"AmeriCorps NCCC is proud to continue their work in this vibrant city and to fulfill their slogan of 'Getting Things Done' for the citizens of Joplin!" said Lindsey L. Rushing, spokesperson for her team.
AmeriCorps is a full-time, residential, national service program in which 1200 young adults serve nationwide each year. During their 10-month term, members, who are 18-24 years old, serve on teams of eight to 12 on projects that address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, and urban and rural development. In exchange for their services members receive $5550 to help pay for college or pay back existing student loans. Other benefits include a small living stipend, room and board, leadership development and the knowledge gained from making a difference.
The Southwest Region campus in Denver serves eight states in the southwestern part of the U.S. and is one of five regional hubs that include Denver and Perry Point, Maryland; Vinton, Iowa; Vicksburg, Mississippi and Sacramento, California.