AmeriCorps in Jackson Hole for 12 weeks last winter helping Habitat build homes. (Blue 6 Mafia)

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – A team of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members is working to help build more affordable homes in the area. The group of 10 young adults arrived on November 10 and will be serving here through December 18.

Bradly VanDerStad AmeriCorps NCCC member helped build homes last winter.
“My experience with Teton Habitat defined my AmeriCorps service. My team worked on two homes down in Alpine in a particularly unforgiving winter, but we didn’t let it slow our progress. I also built relationships alongside the homes- some that will last a lifetime.”
Bradly and a team of 7 others served with Teton Habitat from January to March working fearlessly in the Alpine, Wyoming winter. (Teton Habitat)

This is the first of several projects to be completed by this AmeriCorps NCCC team. They began their term of service on October 16 with three weeks of training at the Denver regional hub. After December 18, they will travel to a series of other six- to 12-week projects in communities throughout the central and southwestern United States. They will graduate from the 10-month program on July 18, 2019.

AmeriCorps NCCC (N-triple-C) is a full-time, residential, national service program in which up to 2,200 young adults serve nationwide annually. During their 10-month term, Corps Members—all ranging from18 to 24 years old—work in teams of eight to 12 on projects that address critical needs. Traditional NCCC members work on a variety of different six- to 12-week-long projects related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development.

Blue 6 Mafia team member enjoys donated McPhails Burgers on lunch break from building last winter. (Teton Habitat)

Members of FEMA Corps, a branch of NCCC, focus their projects exclusively on emergency management work in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Southwest Region campus in Denver is one of four regional hubs in the nation and serves eight states in the central and southwest parts of the country. The other campuses are located in Vinton, Iowa, Vicksburg, Miss., and Sacramento, Calif.

In exchange for their service, Corps Members receive $6,095 to help pay for college or to pay back existing student loans. Other benefits include a small living stipend, room and board, travel, leadership development, increased self-confidence, and the knowledge that, through active citizenship, people can indeed make a difference.

Blue 6 Mafia team enjoying a little time off at Snow King last winter. (Blue 6 Mafia)

AmeriCorps NCCC is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Corporation improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering.