Building for a Better Future

February 26, 2010 (Portland, Ore.)-An AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team is joining forces with Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East and its volunteers from now through April 1 to help frame 12 houses for low-income families.

The NCCC members will be working on the framing stages of the building process. Tasks will include site roll-out and clean up of equipment used each day, clean up of site debris, checking site for security at the end of the day and notifying the site supervisor of any possible unsafe work conditions. The team will work with 100-150 volunteers a week, including four full-time AmeriCorps members.

Andrew Holve, an NCCC Corps member, says, “I love being outside doing construction work. I really enjoy going to work and seeing all that I accomplish.

AmeriCorps NCCC is part of AmeriCorps, a network of national service programs created to improve the environment, enhance education, increase public safety, and assist with disaster relief and other unmet human needs. The Pacific Region campus, located in Sacramento, Calif. serves Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the territories of Guam and American Samoa. The Pacific Region campus is one of five campuses in the United States; the others are located in Perry Point, Md.; Vinton, Iowa, Vicksburg, Miss. and Denver, Colo.

AmeriCorps members must complete at least 1,700 hours of service during the 10-month program. In exchange for their service, they receive $5,350 to help pay for college or to pay school loans. AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. For information about applying to an AmeriCorps program, call 1-800-942-2677 (1-800-94-ACORP) or visit the website at www.americorps.gov/nccc.