Americorps NCCC members help local nonprofits

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A team of workers from AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps help the Dorchester County Historical Society move the Society’s library.

CAMBRIDGE — The Dorchester County Historical Society decided earlier this year to relocate its geneology library from the Meredith House to the Neild Museum, out of concern for what the weight load of a room full of books might be having on the structure of the old historic house. Space was set aside in the museum, new shelves were purchased and assembled by volunteers, but how in the world could they find help in moving the thousands of pounds of books and ledgers out of the Meredith House?

Easy — contact Americorps and have them send a team of strong-backed youngsters to get the move done quickly. That’s what DCHS did, and a fun team of “kids” (compared to the local membership, let’s be honest!) arrived and quickly dispatched the job at hand.

AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) is a full-time, residential team-based program for men and women ages 18–24. Members serve at one of five regional campuses located throughout the United States (Baltimore; Vicksburg, Miss.; Vinton, Iowa; Denver, Colo.; and Sacramento, Calif.). Each campus focuses efforts on states within its region but may travel to other areas in response to national crises, if necessary.

The kids from Baltimore were a fun team, full of energy, wit, and the bonhomie that comes from living and working together.

“We go around anywhere from Baltimore to Maine doing different service projects for nonprofits or service-based organizations,” said one of the team members, Chanel Moore. “We ride around in a 15-passenger van everywhere. We all have specialty roles to ensure the health and wellness of the team overall, we take care of each other. It’s a great, great program, it’s awesome!”

On the AmeriCorps website we see that the AmeriCorps NCCC members take the following pledge:

I will get things done for America — to make our people safer, smarter, and healthier.
I will bring Americans together to strengthen our communities.
Faced with apathy, I will take action.
Faced with conflict, I will seek common ground.
Faced with adversity, I will persevere.
I will carry this commitment with me this year and beyond.
I am an AmeriCorps member, and I will get things done.

The kids got the books moved in no time, with no damage to the aging backs of the average Historical Society member, and they had fun doing it. What a great group to be part of!

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