AmeriCorps

Habitat for Humanity of Teller County is proud to partner with AmeriCorps NCCC volunteers.

AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) strengthens communities and develops leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. In partnership with non-profits—secular and faith based—local municipalities, state governments, federal government, national and state parks, Indian tribes, and schools, members complete service projects throughout the region they are assigned.

AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, team-based residential program for men and women age 18-24. Members are assigned to one of five campuses — Denver, CO; Sacramento, CA; Baltimore, MD; Vicksburg, MS; and Vinton, IA.

Drawn from the successful models of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and the U.S. military, AmeriCorps NCCC is built on the belief that civic responsibility is an inherent duty of all citizens and that national service programs work effectively with local communities to address pressing needs.

VISTA – Volunteer In Service To America is another AmeriCorps program. This is slightly different because one volunteer serves with one affiliate or on one project for the entire year. It is geared toward capacity building. Habitat for Humanity was able to host both NCCC and VISTA. Alyssa Baker served as Family Services Development Coordinator at Habitat for Humanity of Teller County this past year. Not only did she learn a lot about the community she also was able to understand the workings of a small non-profit organization.  She helped many families to complete their Home Buyer Classes as well as aided with the qualification process for potential partner families. After this experience, she has even more respect for the work done, especially in rural communities.

Upon completion of her AmeriCorps VISTA experience, she will stay within the AmeriCorps organization. Alyssa will get her sawyer certification with the Mile High Youth Corps in the fall and proceed to play the role of NCCC Team Leader throughout the winter into the next year. For her, these opportunities allowed her to help and see the nation she loves in a committed way and pay off her student loans. There are so many benefits serving with AmeriCorps.

Colleen Urffer, former Volunteer Coordinator, assumed a VISTA role in funding. She is attending college for Non-profit management and is thankful to be able to work within a small non-profit, understand the important intricacies of operating one and also receive aid on her student loans as well. She formerly served with the traditional FEMA Corps which is a disaster relief program that bases people all around the United States. Colleen speaks highly of her experience of teaching environmental and conservation classes to youth in Maine and looks forward to her service year as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Habitat for Humanity of Teller County.

There is definitely an AmeriCorps program for everyone and for some, there aren’t even age limits! For more information on AmeriCorps programs, please visit their website