Loves Park woman begins 10-month term of service with National Civilian Community Corps

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SACRAMENTO, California — Wednesday, Nov. 5, Stephanie Conkling of Loves Park, Ill., was inducted into a 10-month term of service in the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), an AmeriCorps program. She began work on the first of four long-term service projects the week of Nov. 9.

Founded in 1994, AmeriCorps NCCC is a residential national service program that supports disaster relief, the environment, infrastructure improvement, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. Over the past 20 years, 900,000 Americans have served more than 1.2 billion hours across the family of AmeriCorps programs. About 80,000 people serve in AmeriCorps programs nationwide each year, about 2,500 of whom serve with AmeriCorps NCCC.

Conkling arrived at AmeriCorps NCCC’s Pacific Region Campus in Sacramento, California, Wednesday, Oct. 8, to receive training for 10 months of full-time service with the program. This training emphasized teamwork, leadership development, communication, service learning and certification by the American Red Cross.

As a corps member, Conkling will be responsible for completing a series of six- to eight-week-long service projects as part of a 10- to 12-person team. Their first service project will end Dec. 19, at which time her team will break for the winter holidays and begin a new project in a new location in January.

Twenty-eight teams composed of more than 300 Sacramento-based Corps Members and Team Leaders are serving on their first projects. Seventeen of the 28 teams deployed from Sacramento Thursday, Nov. 6, to projects throughout California, including helping with improvements at national, state and county parks, assisting with food bank donations and volunteer management, and mentoring children. The 11 remaining teams are working on projects throughout the Pacific Region in Utah, Oregon, Washington and Montana.

Four other NCCC campuses are in Baltimore, Vinton, Iowa, Vicksburg, Mississippi, and Denver, each of which is a hub for its respective area of the country, though teams will travel to other regions for disaster relief projects.

AmeriCorps NCCC members, all 18 to 24 years old, complete at least 1,700 hours of service during the 10-month program. In exchange for their service, they receive $5,730 to help pay for college. Other benefits include a small living stipend, room and board, leadership development, team-building skills, and the knowledge that, through active citizenship, they can indeed make a difference. AmeriCorps NCCC is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more about AmeriCorps NCCC, visit the website at www.nationalservice.gov/nccc.

Posted Nov. 17, 2014

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