An AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) team is serving with the historic YMCA Storer Camps in Jackson, Michigan from April 8th to April 24th. The team, based in Vinton, Iowa, is currently up north helping revitalize decades-old cabins for YMCA camper’s use. AmeriCorps members are beautifying the grounds by removing invasive species and overgrown brush. The members of the team are also working with youth attending YMCA Storer camps, assisting in outdoor education programs.

The AmeriCorps NCCC team of eleven from the North Central Region campus in Vinton, Iowa is performing upkeep on older cabins, caulking to provide updated insulation and weatherproofing, as well as applying fresh coats of paint to the interior and exterior of the structures. The Team is working on both the North and South sides of the campground removing common invasive species to enhance access to cabins and improve the overall aesthetic of the grounds for the upcoming summer YMCA programs. Team members will assist in leading groups of campers in outdoor activities to educate them on Michigan’s lush ecological systems. AmeriCorps Team Cedar 7 is also getting a chance to work with EcoCorps, a team of 13-17 year-olds who do conservation work on YMCA Storer Camps once a month.

Through their service, AmeriCorps NCCC members are benefitting the community by helping restore a century-old campground that is utilized year-round by various schools in the area to provide an educational outdoor experience for the youth of Jackson, Michigan.

“We are so excited to have them here helping around the campground”, says Madeline Lombardo, one of the project directors at YMCA Storer Camps.

The project sponsor, YMCA Storer Camps, was founded in 1918 and serves as an educational facility for schools in the greater Toledo area, Southeast Michigan and Northwest Ohio. The campground surrounds picturesque Stony Lake and provides recreational areas for multiple programs that run year-round, including Day Camps, Summer Overnight Camp and Week Retreats for students to take a week out their usual classroom-based routine and experience a hands-on approach to outdoor education. With a wide range of activities, including horse-back riding, an animal sanctuary, summer lake recreation, and outdoor classroom programs, YMCA Storer camps serve as one of the main hubs for youth development, leadership and service.

AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and its FEMA Corps unit engage up to 2,800 young Americans in a full-time, 10-month commitment to service each year. AmeriCorps NCCC members address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, and urban and rural development; FEMA Corps members are solely dedicated to disaster preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery work. The programs are administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS is a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation's volunteering and service efforts. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.



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