Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

AmeriCorps NCCC

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The next time you visit the Arboretum, you’re going to see how gosh darn good the grounds and gardens are looking.  Many volunteers and groups have been on site this past month to make 2010 one of our best looking years yet.  A HUGE thank you to all – the Arboretum would not grow and thrive without you!

I wanted to mention one special group that has volunteered this past month.  A team from AmeriCorps NCC worked in the gardens three days in May.  With 12 team members, they worked full, eight-hour days … a total of 288 volunteer hours!  And we got so much accomplished during that time! 

  • We mulched tree pits on the east end.
  • We weeded the Children’s Garden and built metal supports for our tomatoes.
  • We planted 5 conifers north of the Children’s Garden entrance.
  • We weeded and mulched the tree pits along both sides of the driveway.
  • We pulled all plant material from the front gate flowerbeds.
  • We weeded the Rose Garden.
  • And more!

Here is some information about AmeriCorps NCC from their website, www.americorps.gov:

AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is a full-time, team-based residential program for men and women age 18–24.  Members are assigned to one of five campuses, located in Denver, Colorado; Sacramento, California; Perry Point, Maryland; Vicksburg, Mississippi; and Vinton, Iowa.

The mission of AmeriCorps NCCC is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service.  In partnership with non-profits—secular and faith based, local municipalities, state governments, federal government, national or state parks, Indian Tribes and schools members complete service projects throughout the region they are assigned.

Drawn from the successful models of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and the U.S. military, AmeriCorps NCCC is built on the belief that civic responsibility is an inherent duty of all citizens and that national service programs work effectively with local communities to address pressing needs.

How AmeriCorps NCCC Works  AmeriCorps NCCC requires an intensive, 10-month commitment.  Members serve in teams of eight to twelve and are assigned to projects throughout the region served by their campus.  They are trained in CPR, first aid, public safety, and other skills before beginning their first service project.

AmeriCorps NCCC serves communities in every state.  Members are based at one of five regional campuses and travel to complete service projects throughout those regions.  Sponsoring organizations request the assistance of AmeriCorps NCCC teams by submitting a project application to the regional campus that covers that organization’s state.  The campuses provide assistance in completing the application, developing a work plan, and preparing the project sponsor for the arrival of the AmeriCorps NCCC team.

Benefits of Serving with AmeriCorps NCCC  AmeriCorps NCCC members receive a living allowance of approximately $4,000 for the 10 months of service (about $200 every two weeks before taxes), housing, meals, limited medical benefits, up to $400 a month for childcare, if necessary, member uniforms, and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program.

See you in the gardens.

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Written by cedarvalleyarboretum

June 3, 2010 at 6:00 am

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