Bringing AmeriCorps NCCC to Oregon
Today’s post comes from Amy, an AmeriCorps NCCC Alum, who currently serves as the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator for the Johnson Creek Watershed Council.
As a NCCC Class XII Alum (Charleston, SC campus), I understand the incredible impact and quality of work an AmeriCorps NCCC team can bring to an organization. I currently run the volunteer program at a small place-based environmental nonprofit called the Johnson Creek Watershed Council in Portland. Thoughts of bringing a team to Oregon had stayed with me since I graduated from the program in 2006. I said to myself, “Well go for it then!”
After building a new partnership with the Salvation Army’s Camp Kuratli, I had all the pieces in place for a successful host application and NCCC team Green 2 arrived on January 10, 2012.
Looking back at how rewarding and educational my NCCC experience was, I knew that bringing a team here to help my organization’s mission would also enable me to help facilitate this learning process for Green 2.
AmeriCorps NCCC helped shape my career – it affirmed my intense interest in community service and exposed me to the kinds of professions I could do to continue working with other volunteers. The AmeriCorps NCCC experience is a rich training ground for Volunteer Coordinators. It gave me many of the insights and skills I use in my career today, communicating and working with volunteers.
Invasive species removal and native tree and shrub planting (over 20,000) is the name of the game for Green 2 while they’re in Oregon. I hope I can help them reflect internally on this project and the job we’ve given them. It might inspire them to pursue professions in Natural Resource Management or Volunteer Coordination – like me.
Thank you Green 2 and AmeriCorps NCCC!