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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 http://www.americorps.gov.

Making the news!

8 Aug

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

Having Fun with Independent Service Projects (ISPs!)

31 Jul

As some of you may know, part of our 1700 required hours to graduate from AmeriCorps NCCC have to be set up and planned by the teams. Every team has one or two team members who are trained to look up and plan small (1 day) service projects for members of the team. For us, Kelsey and Eric do a lot of leg work setting up ISPs.

We’ve done a lot of ISP hours thus far, and we’ve done some pretty awesome stuff. So far we’ve had the opportunity to work with three fantastic organizations so far.

First, we ventured into Knoxville on our first day off to volunteer at the Fish Hospitality Pantry. We helped out in the food warehouse labeling cans, we helped bag and hand out fresh corn on the cob, and most of all we met some awesome people!

Afterwards, we explored Knoxville and had a great lunch and did some high quality team bonding!

Then, on a rainy monday with spent the day with the fantastic children at the Jefferson County Boys and Girls Club. After hours of hide and seek, carpet ball, and card games we felt nearly as tired as a day of chainsaw work!

And this past weekend, we headed over to the Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity Thrift Store to help clean, dust and build shelves.

We’ve absolutely loved our time in Jefferson City, living at the fabulous Carson Newman College dorms, but alas our time here is done. We are moving to Greeneville where we will be staying in a church community room and we will be much, much closer to our work. Even though we don’t all get our own rooms (what a luxury!) we will be able to sleep in!

 

 

EDGARtown!

14 May

Raven Unit’s trusty mascot, Edgar is pumped that there is an entire town on the Vineyard named for him.*

Raven One in Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard with Raven Unit's trusty mascot, Edgar

Raven One is glad to know that Raven Pride is naturally present on Martha’s Vineyard.

*Edgartown was actually named for King James II of England’s young son, Edgar, who died as a child.

Round 1 Wrap Up and Round 2 Reveal

28 Apr

Round one officially ended last Friday, and Raven one is proud to have been integral in building a relationship between the VA Medical Center at Perry Point and AmeriCorps NCCC. We are also proud of our work with Delaware State Parks preparing parks for the summer season. We’s like to thank both Delaware State Parks and the VA Medical Center for a great round. We learned a lot about both organizations, our team, and our selves.

Moving forward, we could not be more excited about our round 2 project. We will be spending the next 8 weeks in Martha’s Vineyard working with Stone Soup Leadership Institute, Inc. Our project focuses on sustainability and youth empowerment. We’re pretty pumped. Check back for more details soon!

Life with Raven One

17 Apr

What’s it really like to be part of an NCCC team? Check out our team video to see what it’s like to be on Raven One!

Thanks, Tristan for the fantastic video!

Gearing up Global Youth Service Day

12 Apr

This Saturday (April 16) Raven One is extremely excited to be working with Perryville Parks & Recreation for Global Youth Service Day! We will be working 8AM-noon to cleanup and beautify Perryville Community Park for spring. Check out our flyer, and if you happen to be around Perryville on the 16th, stop on by. More pictures to come!