Graduation and Beyond!

21 Nov

Round 4 certainly was a whirlwind! We started out separated, and even after our reunion, we were still not all together. Maddy was off on her wild fire composite and Ellen got called on disaster in Pennsylvania with a composite team. Meanwhile, the rest of the team headed to Baltimore to represent Raven 1 and AmeriCorps NCCC with our round 4 scheduled sponsor, The Loading Dock.

Raven One worked hard to organized the overstock warehouse and help The Loading Dock better display their wares. It was physically demanding work, and at times it was tedious, but Raven One powered through and helped get a heck of a lot done. The team enjoyed their stay in Baltimore as well.

Before we knew it, we were all back at the point with the entire Corps closing out the year. It was a trying and emotional year, and saying goodbye was not easy. We are all proud to have graduated from Class XVII and we are looking forward to our next steps, be it going back to school or searching for a job.

If you have come to this site to learn more about AmeriCorps NCCC, I hope this site gives you some insight into life on a team. Please keep in mind that everyone has a unique experience in this program, and you will meet people who are very different from you and who are not so different after all. This program offers a lot of opportunities, and it will push you in ways you can’t even imagine until you are there wearing the shirt and the pants and boots riding in a 15 passenger government van. I honestly believe that no matter your experience, this program will definitely surprise you with what you can accomplish, overcome and withstand. To apply, visit


Raven One all over the place…

8 Sep

The last time you heard from us, we were gearing up for fall break and then two months in Charm City working with The Loading Docks. And then Irene stormed up the eastern seaboard, causing massive flooding and millions of dollars of damage. Maybe billions.

The better half of Raven One generously forfeited their fall break to immediately respond to the Irene damage. Kevin, Tasha, Tristan and Eric left immediately for New Jersey and they are working around the state in American Red Cross shelters.

The remaining half of Raven One, Kelsey, Ryan, Ellen, and Marcus were split between Raven teams Two and Four. Ellen and Marcus headed north to Staten Island with Raven Two to camp, of all things, and work with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation blazing trails in the Greenbelt. Ryan and Kelsey headed south to Annapolis to work with Raven 4 building a ropes course at the YMCA.

And of course, Maddy headed south on fire composite to work in the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia.

Although Raven One is currently spread all across the Atlantic Region, we’re all working hard to make a difference in the communities we are serving.

With heavy rains continuing to fall all over the northeast, and widespread severe flooding, nothing is certain for the rest of round four. Hopefully Raven One will be reunited before graduation. Stay tuned for more details!

Forward to Fourth Round!

29 Aug

Where in the world is Raven One going for fourth round? Well, we’re going to Baltimore! So now you can sleep at night again.

We’re working with the Loading Dock for the next 8 weeks. Of course, with Irene having just ripped up the coast, the probability of another disaster mission is pretty dang high. So stay flexible, Raven One fans.

Sadly for us (happily for her), Maddy is off to fight fires someplace, but we do have our Tristy Pants back. Here’s for another great round!

What will we do without Maddy's extra hard work? We'll just have to rally, I guess.

Wrapping up in Delaware

24 Aug

Round three is coming to close and what a round it’s been. The chainsaws, the sweat, the grasshoppers, the mountains, the memories!

We’ve spent the past two days  painting lockers at the Boys and Girls Club in Wilmington. It’s been a treat updating the locker rooms and we even got to meet the first lady of Delaware, who is the Governor’s wife.

It’s always nice to have projects that involve a clear, visible change from dark, gloomy, and rusty…

… to fresh and bright. And now the lockers match the floor tiles!

Tomorrow we’ll be heading to a different Boys and Girls Club to help them prepare classrooms. And by Friday we’ll be back at the point, reunited with all the Ravens and Buffalos and Mooses, and mostly our Tristy Pants.

Stay tuned for round 4 news!

Where in the World?

19 Aug

If we haven’t been in Tennessee cutting fallen trees, sweating through our pants and catching giant grasshoppers, what has Raven One been doing this week?

We’ve been refurbishing a stage, or “band shell” as the locals call it, in Bellevue State Park, in Wilmington, Delaware. We’ve been working with Parks staff to rip up old wood planks and lay down new pressure treated planks.

Our project was made possible by ING Direct’s “Orange Days of Service,” which donated the funds for the project as well as between 150 – 200 volunteers on Wednesday, August 17th. We had a blast working with the sea of orange shirted volunteers. Sometimes, we taught ING volunteers how to lay and set boards and other times, ING volunteers taught us their own tricks for making “field measurements.”

We learned a little about working with large volunteer groups, a first time experience for Raven One, and a lot about building stages. We’re still working on finishing the stage, but we’re nearly there. Steve and Vinnie have been really patient as we are learning the process and techniques to refurbish the band stage.

Even though this is the third time we’re working with Delaware State Parks, we have a completely different project.

Oh yeah, and on Wednesday, we got to ride in a hot air balloon. A first time for everyone!

Leaving Tennessee

11 Aug

Tonight is our last night staying at the Reformation Lutheran Church in downtown Greeneville and today was our last day of cutting. It’s been four hot, sweaty, hard weeks here in Tennessee and we are proud of the work we’ve done. We’ve worked at 12 different houses and cut up countless (or at least a lot more than 12) trees. We’ve created giant brush piles and stacks and stacks of fire wood.

Even though we’ve been working super hard and sweating through our pants daily, there have been a lot of good times.


We’re definitely going to miss Tennessee, but we are looking forward to our next adventure.

Making the news!

8 Aug

Check out our article in the local newspaper, the Greeneville Sun!