AmeriCorps NCCC team to hold community day of service at Wyandotte County Lake Park

The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) FEMA Corps team, Pine 5, is holding a community day of service on Saturday, May 18th in Kansas City, KS.

The members of Pine 5 invite community members of all ages, including families, to volunteer with them at Wyandotte County Lake Park on Saturday, May 18th, from 10 a.m. to noon. The community day is in partnership with the Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Library and Environmental Learning Center.

Mr. & Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Library Representative Lana Artz-McComb commented, "It is Spring and that means more people are out enjoying the weather so, let’s help to keep one of our community’s parks clean! Many people love to visit and enjoy everything our park has to offer but, unfortunately, more people means more trash."

The cleanup activities include removal of trash around the park as well as other items in the lake. There will also be a short reflection activity facilitated by Pine 5 members at the conclusion of the event.

Pine 5 member Nick Humphries commented, "This community day event is a great opportunity for members of the community to not only help out their local park, but also to reflect together on the importance of service and the real difference that it makes."

AmeriCorps NCCC encourages its members to reach out to the communities in which they serve. This Community Day of Service is a way for Kansas City residents to spend time outdoors, learn more about AmeriCorps NCCC, and help out Wyandotte County Lake Park.

The Mr. & Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Library is one of the five branches of the Kansas City, KS Kansas Public Library system and is located within Wyandotte County Lake park. It provides an opportunity for teachers, students, and the general public from the metropolitan Kansas City area and across Kansas to pursue science. Students from elementary to college can engage in research related to the environment as well as life, earth, and physical sciences. AmeriCorps NCCC is a 10-month, residential, national service program for individuals ages 18 to 24.

The Mr. & Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Library is located at 4051 West Drive in Kansas City, KS. For more information regarding the community day of service, or to RSVP, visit the event registration page at http://bit.ly/lakeparkcleanup or contact Scott Chen at (609) 508-2629.

AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, residential, national service program in which 1,200 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 critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. Members work on a series of different projects, typically lasting six to eight weeks each, to mentor students, construct and rehabilitate low-income housing, respond to natural disasters, clean up streams, help communities develop emergency plans, and address countless other local needs. The North Central Region campus in Iowa is one of five regional hubs in the United States and serves ten states in the north central part of the country. The other campuses are located in Perry Point, MD, Vicksburg, MS, Denver, CO, and Sacramento, CA.

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. The Corporation improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. For more information about AmeriCorps NCCC, visit the website at www.americorps.gov/nccc.

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