NCCC Returns to the Baldwin Center
From May 17-June 27, an AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) team is working at the Baldwin Center in Pontiac, Mich. facilitating classes for kids K-8, and doing repair and maintenance work around the property.
The organization’s goal for the NCCC team is to help provide facilities that are more appealing to the community, and allow Baldwin to better meet its mission of feeding, clothing, educating and empowering the local community, as well as maintaining a safe working environment. In addition to infrastructure improvement, the NCCC team is also providing additional educational opportunities to children and adults in the area. These educational opportunities for children include assisting with facilitating classes such as Math, Reading, Science and other enriching classes.
“I’m really excited to work at the Baldwin Center because I’m interested in pursuing the field of School Psychology or Special Education and I would like to gain more experience working with children,” says NCCC member Callie Keeney.
The Baldwin Center is a nonprofit organization that has been serving neighbors since 1981 and currently offers more than 25 support programs that meet basic needs, offer assistance in crisis, and provide education and enrichment opportunities. They envision people of all ages and cultures sharing the belief that they can create and shape how they live and grow within the community. “I am very impressed by the caliber of these young adults” said Lisa Machesky, executive director of the Baldwin Center. “ Our clothing closet will be transformed because of their efforts and they will be great role models for our youth. We are glad to welcome them to the Baldwin family.”
AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, residential, national service program in which 1,100 young adults serve nationwide each year. During their 10-month term, NCCC Members – all 18 to 24 years old – work on teams of eight to 12 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. Members mentor students, construct and rehabilitate low-income housing, respond to natural disasters, clean up streams, help communities develop emergency plans, and address countless other local needs. The North Central Region campus in Vinton, Iowa is one 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 Perry Point, Md.; Sacramento, Calif.; Vicksburg, Miss.; and Denver, Colo.
In exchange for their service, NCCC 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, visit the website at www.americorps.gov/nccc.