A team of 11 AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members recently arrived in Kansas on March 15 to begin an eight-week project supporting Greensburg Green Town.  


A team of 11 AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members recently arrived in Kansas on March 15 to begin an eight-week project supporting Greensburg Green Town.   

Greensburg GreenTown is a charitable nonprofit organization working to rebuild the town sustainably following the devastating tornado in May of 2007.  The AmeriCorps NCCC team will assist in planning and implementing a roof garden, painting houses, research, and other projects within the nonprofit.

This AmeriCorps NCCC team, the second to support Green Town, will be in town until May 5; the previous team served in November and December 2010.  The team jumped into work the first week with the city of Greensburg’s “Green Spring Clean” celebration. Many lots damaged by the tornado are still in need of clearing, but have been neglected due to lack of manpower. The AmeriCorps NCCC team was glad to lend a hand clearing brush, separating debris, carting concrete and damaged goods to the landfill, and removing trees and weeds that have taken over the lots. In a week, they were able to clean 38 different properties along the main streets of the town.  The team is excited to learn more about the sustainability projects of Green Town and continue to help the town of Greensburg get back on its feet.

AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, residential, national service program in which 1,100 young adults serve nationwide each year.  During their 10-month term, Corps Members – all 18 to 24 years old – work on teams of eight to 12 on projects that address compelling, self-identified community needs. These projects, usually lasting six to eight weeks each, support the environment, infrastructure improvement, energy conservation, urban and rural development, and immediate and continuing disaster response.  AmeriCorps NCCC has responded to every national disaster since the program began in 1994.  The Southwest Region campus in Denver is one of five regional hubs in the United States and serves 8 states in the southwest part of the country.  The other campuses are located in Perry Point, Md., Vicksburg, Miss., Vinton, Iowa, and Sacramento, Calif.

In exchange for their service, Corps Members receive $5,550 to help pay for college, or to pay back existing student loans.  Other benefits include a small living stipend, room and board, 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.  For more information about AmeriCorps NCCC, visit the website at www.americorps.gov/nccc.