Our wonderful AmeriCorps NCCC spent a full week of support and leadership Team Building in Bayfield. There are eight individuals from all over the United States serving on our duplex build. As they work to RAISE the ROOF, we are delighted to host them.
With so much uncertainty, we had reduced our jobsite exposure by limiting the magnitude of the volunteers normally welcomed on our builds. Having AmeriCorps assist as has been a huge blessing for our small affiliate.
AmeriCorps NCCC—or the National Civilian Community Corps are 18-26 year olds who spend 10 months strengthening communities while developing their own leadership skills. They serve on teams on short-term projects to help build homes, promote food security, mentor youth, respond to disasters and support communities with other critical needs!
In La Plata County, our wage earners represent some of the moste desperate population. Over the last ten years, wage earners falling within our low-income margins have rising 59.2%! While La Plata County boast of multi-million dollar estates and tourism from around the world, our local workforce has failed to see a notable increase in their income level. The need for home ownership and affordable housing has risen. Home ownership plays a key role in moving many out of poverty into sustainability and self-sufficiency. Thus, we continue to strive toward achieving more housing available for sale to the low-income population.
AmeriCorps, seeing such projects as worthy has come alongside our affiliate for ten years! We are able to achieve completion and supplement our other faithful volunteers with their support!
For more information on serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer and for more on their service areas and mission please visit their website.