Green 4, a team of six young adults based out of the Pacific Region campus in Sacramento, California, served with the Johnson Creek Watershed Council from January 16 to March 20, 2014 for their Second Round Project. During their 9 week stay in the Greater Portland area, the team removed invasive species such as English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry along Johnson Creek. The team also planted thousands of native trees and plants throughout several restoration sites to provide habitat for food, insects and fish, including native salmon. Other tasks included volunteer and community engagement, including this year’s Martin Luther King Day of Service with Johnson Creek.
Click here to read Green 4 member, Jermaine Carey’s personal narrative about the event.
“The work that the team accomplished with JCWC will significantly improve water quality and storm run-off damage, and I’m so excited to have been a part of it” stated team member Kelli Mantell.
Green 4 members come from a wide range of backgrounds, ages, and interests and pride themselves on being a very diverse group. From Pre-meds to aspiring artists, adventurous travelers to garden enthusiasts, Green 4 has found a common interest that has brought them together – a love for the great outdoors. During their time off, Green 4 can be found out on hiking trails (Eagle Creek Trail was a huge hit) and exploring National and State Parks. In Joshua Tree National Park, the team partook in a two-day Restoration Event and looks forward to applying that experience forward in their Third Round Project with Sequoia National Park which is set to begin on April 1, 2014.
You can stay updated with the teams current adventures by following them on Facebook.
AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) is a federally funded national service program that is a full-time, team based residential program for 18-24 year old men and women. During their 10 month-commitment to service, AmeriCorps NCCC members address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, and urban and rural development. Teams of 8 – 12 diverse individuals serve on four different project rounds for various non-profit and faith based organizations within the region they serve. There are five campuses within the United States which are located in Denver, CO; Baltimore, MD; Vicksburg, MS; Sacramento, CA; and Vinton, IA.
More information about AmeriCorps NCCC, including how to apply can be found on the AmeriCorps website.
Also, be sure to check out the AmeriCorps NCCC Facebook page.
AmeriCorps Alums (yes, that’s you) check out to see if there’s a local AmeriCorps Alumni Chapter in your area