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AmeriCorps Workers to Expand NCCU's Volunteer Efforts

Eagle volunteers pack food boxes to assist local families.

North Carolina Central University has received $136,000 from the North Carolina state Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service to host a team of AmeriCorps workers who will lead service initiatives throughout the Durham community in the coming year.

The 12-member North Carolina Eagle Corps will come on board in mid-October to help expand the direct-service capacity of campus- and community-based programs, with a particular focus on programs for veterans, military families and disadvantaged youth, said Calleen Herbert, interim director of the Office of Academic Community Service Learning.

“This is the first year that we have hosted an AmeriCorps site, and we see it as an opportunity for us to engage in service to the community in a broader sense,” Herbert said.

NCCU already has a robust community service program, with each full-time undergraduate student required to serve 15 volunteer hours per semester in surrounding communities. Their work was valued at $5.1 million during the 2014-15 academic year. 

The AmeriCorps team will develop additional economic opportunities for the target populations by working in various capacities to deliver job and entrepreneurship training and providing reintegration assistance for returning veterans.  Recruiting additional community volunteers, including NCCU students, to work with them will be part of the Eagle Corps responsibilities, Herbert said.

As a host organization, NCCU will provide training to eight full-time and four half-time workers. Full-time Eagle Corps workers are expected to contribute 1,700 volunteer hours over a 12-month period. In return, they will receive a living allowance of up to $12,300 and, upon successful completion of the assignment, an award of $5,775 they may use to pay off student debt or cover new educational expenses. The four undertaking half-time duties will receive a proportionate amount of compensation.

“We are grateful to the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Service for awarding NCCU these funds, which are a testament to the commitment that our university has to serve numerous communities,” Dr. Ontario Wooden, associate vice chancellor for Innovative, Engaged and Global Education.

The North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service facilitates volunteering opportunities throughout the state and administers the federal AmeriCorps and Citizens Corps programs in North Carolina, as well as the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award Program.

 

Published: Monday, October 03, 2016
by Senior Writer and Editor, Renee Elder [ this function might malfinction on the test server ]
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