Monticello, Iowa - An AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team is providing additional support to Camp Courageous from August 9 to September 27. The team is serving as camp counselors to help children and adults with disabilities have an enjoyable summer through camp festivities.
The NCCC team of nine from the Vinton, Iowa campus is assisting with activity scheduling, greeting campers, helping campers settle into camp, scheduling weekly activities, assisting with personal care, promoting activity participation, assisting campers in preparing to return home and performing maintenance work around the campsite.
Through their service work with Camp Courageous, the NCCC team is allowing the camp to host a greater number of campers and decreases the waiting list dramatically. Every year, over 6,000 individuals with disabilities are served by the camp but hundreds are left on a waiting list.
"The opportunity to impact individuals' lives in a positive manner, such as the one we are being given at Camp Courageous, is really exciting. I look forward to our adventure," says NCCC member Reilly Allen from Littleton, Colo.
Camp Courageous is year-round camp for recreational activities serving the disabled population. The camp enables disabled children and adults to grow socially and personally through the encouragement of a supportive staff. The camp was founded in 1972 with the donation of 40-acres of land dedicated to the establishment of a site to serve the disabled. Today, Camp Courageous serves over 6,000 individuals yearly, ranging from infants to elderly.
AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, 10-month, residential, national service program in which 2,800 young adults - all 18 to 24 years old- serve nationwide each year. The NCCC program oversees two service tracks - Traditional NCCC and FEMA Corps - and members in these programs serve in teams of eight to twelve on three to seven service projects during their service. NCCC Members serve on projects that address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. FEMA Corps Members focus solely on emergency management and long-term recovery projects through FEMA. The North Central Region campus in Vinton, Iowa is one of five regional campuses in the United States and serves Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The other campuses are located in Baltimore, Md.; Sacramento, Calif.; Vicksburg, Miss.; and Denver, Colo.
In exchange for their service, members receive $5,550 to help pay for college, or to pay back existing student loans. Other benefits include a small living stipend, room and board, leadership development, increased self-confidence, and the knowledge that, through active citizenship, people can indeed make a difference. AmeriCorps NCCC is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Corporation improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. For more information about AmeriCorps NCCC programs, visit the website at www.nationalservice.gov/nccc