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AmeriCorps NCCC Southern Region

Southern Heat November 2013

Inside this issue: Team Leader Reflection: Cory Hall-Martin

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Outside the AmeriBubble

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AmeriVentures: River 5

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Round 4 Projects: NCCC

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AmeriVentures: Delta 9

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Round 1 Projects: FEMA Corps

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Member Development Corner

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Corps Member Reflection: Josh Beam

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Shout Outs

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Team Leader Reflection: Cory Hall-Martin People always ask, “What is AmeriCorps?” That question to me is much more than the basic answer we are trained to give. It is learning that having hot water is a privilege, that privacy no longer exists and that the people you meet daily have the ability to change your life. I first stumbled upon the AmeriCorps program when I was 17 and my mom, so desperate for me to have some direction in my life encouraged me to go. At that point there were very few things I actually cared about so I agreed to go. I came into the program resistant to change. I always thought that I knew exactly where my life was going and even though it wasn’t in a positive and healthy direction, I didn’t care. What I failed to realize though was that in this program, change is inescapable. I remember the moment I felt changed. I was lying on my bunk in Lake Charles, Louisiana about to go to sleep when I realized, “I am different. I see the world different and I now know more than ever, I have the power to make a difference.” That’s the beauty of a program such as this one. You are thrown into situations you never imagined you would be in. You meet amazing people who change your life and challenge you to think differently about the world and you grow and change into the person you were always meant to be. You realize that it is possible for you to change the world. You have the opportunity to see it everyday. It was because of that first experience that I knew I was going to come back as a Team Leader. There was nothing I wanted to do more than to give back to a program that made such an incredible and lasting impact on my life. My experience being a team leader has been one of the most challenging and rewarding 11 months of my life. I will never forget the craziness of Team Leader training when Nate asked if we could purchase a live chicken on our debit cards, to my birthday weekend in New Orleans where we first started our wonderful Birthday Appreciations. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunities to start off as a Support Team Leader and then become a Field Team Leader for River 3. My team has taught me that it’s okay if I make mistakes or don’t always know all the answers. They have worked with me to solve team issues when I had no idea how to handle them and each member has taught me more than I could ever imagine. I came into this program wanting to change the minds of these young adults and instead they have changed mine. I want to thank them for accepting me as their Team Leader in the beginning with nothing but open arms, for laughing when my double chin came out to play, for putting up with my “Thank you” note obsession and for listening to my constant rants about taking bags at the grocery store. I will never forget the impact they have made on my life and there is no doubt in my mind that we have changed one another for the better. All this said, AmeriCorps NCCC can be very challenging. Not every day was easy and rewarding. Sometimes I felt helpless and frustrated at the program, the team and myself. Those days came and went though and in the end we all made it through. As difficult as this year has been in many ways including us losing someone very special, we have all survived it together. I don’t think I will ever fully be able to explain to someone what the AmeriCorps NCCC program really is and what it means to me. If one looks closely they will see it though. It’s a part of who I am. AmeriCorps NCCC is the people I have impacted and who have impacted me, the trails I have worked on, the challenges I overcame, the hardy board I installed, and it’s the growth I have made throughout these past 11 months. It’s who I am and I wouldn’t change any moment of this year. Thank you to everyone who has been apart of my journey with AmeriCorps NCCC both past and present. My experience wouldn’t have been the same without you, I wouldn’t be the same without you.

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Thor: The Dark World debuts at #1 Thor: The Dark World debuted mightily atop the domestic box office this weekend, hammering up $86.1 million from 3,841 theaters, which gave Disney's $170 million 3-D sequel a blazing $22,418 per theater average.

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4. Roar - Katy Perry

8. Demons - Imagine Dragons

1. Royals - Lorde

5. Wake Me Up - Avicii

9. Counting Stars - OneRepublic

2. Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus

6. Story of my Life - One Direction

10. Applause - Lady GaGa

3. Monster (feat. Rihanna) Eminem

7. Hold On, We’re Going Home Drake f/ Majid Jordan

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On Friday, September 27, 2013, our Class 20 FEMA Corps members celebrated their induction into AmeriCorps NCCC. The day started with an All-Corps photo, a “Meet the Teams” session and then cake and punch after the ceremony.

Congratulations to our Class 20 FEMA Corps members on a successful induction.

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Special guests spoke including: NCCC National Director - Kate Raftery, Acting FEMA Corps Branch Director Joe Burchette, Director of Emergency Mgt. for Florida State University - Dr. Audrey Casserleigh, Bishop Duncan Gray from the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi and many others.

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AmeriVentures: River 5 By: Lindsey Mancari When River 5 heard of their next project location, every member of the team looked disappointed. “Greenwood, Mississippi is the most impoverished and unhealthy town in the state of Mississippi,� we were told. The project itself sounded extremely similar to the project we were currently working on in Memphis; trail work and some infrastructure improvement. All members of the team started to do research on Greenwood, finding out that the town is centrally located between Vicksburg and Memphis and is known for cotton and railways. Upon arriving in Greenwood, the team was pleasantly surprised. We rolled into a historic and quaint town that vastly exceeded our expectations. After stopping for a bite to eat, Hunter put the housing address into the GPS and headed across the Yazoo River to our temporary home. Within two minutes the van pulled up in front of an old fire station. There, Thomas Gregory, one of our sponsors, met us for the first time. He gave an elaborate tour of the fire station and Greenwood, showing us AmeriCorps NCCC members our favorite store, Wal-Mart. After the tour, we began settling into the new digs. Every member made themselves at home, finding a secluded place to set up their cots and unpacking for the River 5 posing for a photo in front of the Greenwood, MS next six weeks ahead. City Hall building

The next day, work began. The team met Thomas at a library that was built in the early 1900s. As he explained the work ahead, members of the team felt excited and overwhelmed with every book in need of organization. For two days, the team worked incredibly hard in this library, finishing the goal of preparing for a book sale. Two members of the team, Lindsey and Hunter got to help during the sale and watch as members of the community remembered the library that had been closed for so many years. The rest of the team worked alongside volunteers from the community and built a butterfly garden for butterflies and community members alike to enjoy. After these projects, work on the trail began. Thomas and the other sponsor, Hart Henson, took the team through a stepby-step explanation of their dream for the trail. Work on this trail is different from any trail River 5 has worked on previously, in that it is an 8-ft wide flat trail, as opposed to the typical narrow hiking trails to which the team is accustomed. It is a simple nature trail located between the levy and the Yazoo River. River 5 members worked to clear invasive species, groom the trail, and remove poison ivy vines. The team is working hard to complete Thomas' and Hart's requests on how the trail should look when completed. On rainy days, the team gets a different task; Art Place Mississippi. There, the team is painting, organizing, and cleaning a completely trashed upstairs living area. Working for Thomas and Hart has been incredibly beneficial to the team. They are always willing to get the team anything they can to make the stay in Greenwood more comfortable. Greenwood, Mississippi is not the definition of the town first imagined. Within the first 24 hours of living in the town, we were told members of the community would be bringing us homemade dinner every weeknight for the remainder of our stay. Then, a community member entered the library, introducing herself and offering to buy all of us lunch. The next morning, the team was given donuts and orange juice by the mayor herself. Page 4

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Everywhere we go, someone thanks us for the work we are doing in their community by a simple “thank you” all the way to anonymously paying for our meals at restaurants. There is nothing better than feeling incredibly welcomed and appreciated from so many people, especially with the holiday season approaching. Every member of River 5 has mentioned how much they are enjoying the City of Greenwood, the community members, and the wonderful sponsors. Greenwood has definitely proven River 5 wrong!

Dear members, Your preparation for Life After AmeriCorps is an area we strive to prepare you for in every way possible. One of the most important areas concerning Life After AmeriCorps is the use of your Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. In conjunction with AmeriCorps Alums, we are proud to announce the launch of the AmeriCorps Alums Virtual Grad School Fair, an event that will connect you to a wide variety of graduate schools and programs that offer special incentives specifically for AmeriCorps members and alumni. The event is a great opportunity to learn about schools committed to national service that offer financial incentives which allow you to maximize your Ed Award. The event will occur on Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 1PM to 5PM Eastern time. Best of all, the event is FREE to current AmeriCorps members and alumni. You can register here, or read more about the event on our Web site.

Vets in AmeriCorps: From AmeriCorps to Afghanistan Posted by Maj. Rebecca Lange, United States Air Force / AmeriCorps Alum on November 09, 2013

My name is Rebecca Lange and I am a proud alumna of the second class of AmeriCorps NCCC. I served at the Central Region campus in Denver, CO, from 1995-1996, a wide-eyed high school graduate looking for an adventure, a unique way to serve, and beyond excited to begin what I hoped to be an awesome life.

Read the rest of Rebecca’s article at the following link: http://www.servicenation.org/vets_in_americorps_from_americorps_to_afghanistan

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Round 4 Projects: NCCC Team

City

State

Sponsor

Delta 1

Vicksburg

MS

Sherman Avenue Elementary

Delta 2

Big Pine Key

FL

Growing Hope Initiative

Delta 3

Delaplane

VA

VA State Parks - Sky Meadows State Park

Delta 4

Trenton

NC

Jones Middle School

Delta 5

Jackson

MS

Dept. of Archives & History

Delta 6

Rolling Fork

MS

City of Rolling Fork

Delta 7

Lafayette

LA

Habitat for Humanity of Lafayette

Delta 9

Williamson

WV

Williamson Redevelopment Authority

Middlesboro

KY

National Park Service - Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

River 1

New Orleans

LA

Habitat for Humanity - New Orleans Area

River 2

Folkston

GA

US Fish and Wildlife Service, Okefenokee NWR

River 3

Huger

SC

Francis Marion National Forest

River 4

Memphis

TN

C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa

River 5

Greenwood

MS

City of Greenwood

River 6

Chalmette

LA

St. Bernard Project

River 7

Whitesburg

KY

Letcher County Tourism and Convention Commission

(Composite) Delta 10 (Composite)

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AmeriVentures: Delta 9 By: Julia Warden We are Delta 9, a composite team working in Williamson, West Virginia, with the Williamson Redevelopment Authority. The WRA is utilizing applied sustainability to transform Williamson into a sustainable community model for lowincome areas in the Appalachians. Of the six areas the WRA is targeting, Delta 9 is focusing on sustaining the local food system. Our tasks for the project are to create a sustainable community garden, help local farmers sell their produce at the farmers market, and to educate the community about creating healthy lifestyles. As a composite team, the members of Delta 9 all applied for this project and are extremely motivated, not only in respect to the project, but also passionate about applying what we learn at work, at home. Most of our daily work is done at the community gardens. On a typical work day, we wake up around 7:30 or 8am to make coffee and eggs for breakfast. Then, at 9am we drive a few miles to the community garden, where we work on constructing raised garden beds and preparing soil for next year’s gardens so vegetables will be ripe for the picking! At around noon, we break for lunch and then work until 5pm. On rainy days, we work in the office of Mingo County’s Diabetes Coalition, preparing for community events, community outreach, or designing a Pinterest with diabetes-friendly recipes. Some of these community events include diabetes friendly cook offs, health fairs and 5k runs. Last weekend, we hosted an event at the garden called "Greased Lightning�. Kirsten and Armando greased up two pigs with baby oil and Vaseline, and locals tried to catch the greased pigs! We also participated in a cook off and had the opportunity to try barbecued squirrel. Delta 9 has really enjoyed getting involved in the community of Williamson; the town is extremely small, but the community members have made all of us feel at home by inviting us to many of the local community and church events, and preparing home cooked meals for us. Aside from friendly people, Williamson also has a rich history including the Hatfield and McCoy feud and the collapse of the mining industry, two historical events that have greatly shaped this community into what it is today. Beyond the project and the community, our youthful team has flourished surprisingly well. As a team, we committed this entire round to practicing good health; we feel we must practice what we preach. We have cut sugar and refined starches out of our diet, and we exercise six days a week doing Insanity Workouts. We take turns cooking healthy meals, and use fresh produce from the community garden. We also incorporated an intellectual component to our project by watching Ted Talks every Tuesdays, and having a beefy Monday night "Stew" Topic which the team researches beforehand. Thus far in our project, we have had an amazing experience in Williamson, WV, and have made some great progress. It has been wonderful to inform the locals about the importance of eating well. In working in this community garden, we hope to give the people of Williamson the resources and information they need to lead a healthy lifestyle. Hopefully, our contribution to this project will strengthen the local food system, and help create a sustainable community model for this hopeful Appalachian community. We are optimistic about the weeks to come and are excited to see the outcome of our project. Page 7

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Round 1 Projects: FEMA Corps

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Team

City

State

Sponsor

Bayou 1

Jefferson City

MO

FEMA Joint Field Office

Bayou 2

Centennial

CO

FEMA Joint Field Office

Bayou 3

Centennial

CO

FEMA Joint Field Office

Bayou 4

Fort Worth

TX

FEMA Distribution Center

Bayou 5

Denton

TX

FEMA Region VI Annex

Bayou 6

Urbandale

IA

FEMA Joint Field Office

Gulf 1

Centennial

CO

FEMA Joint Field Office

Gulf 2

Centennial

CO

FEMA Joint Field Office

Gulf 3

Denton

TX

FEMA Federal Regional Center

Gulf 4

Chicago

IL

FEMA Region V Field Office

Gulf 5

Denton

TX

FEMA Federal Regional Center

Ocean 1

Jefferson City

MO

FEMA Joint Field Office

Ocean 2

Conover

NC

FEMA Interim Operating Facility

Ocean 3

Centennial

CO

FEMA Joint Field Office

Ocean 4

Denton

TX

FEMA Federal Regional Center

Ocean 5

Washington

DC

FEMA Headquarters

Ocean 6

Chicago

IL

FEMA Region V Field Office

Summit 1

Jefferson City

MO

FEMA Joint Field Office

Summit 2

Centennial

CO

FEMA Joint Field Office

Summit 3

Atlanta

GA

FEMA Region IV

Summit 4

Atlanta

GA

FEMA Region IV

Summit 5

Washington

DC

FEMA Headquarters

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Member Development Corner Life AFTER AmeriCorps: Now Hiring 

VISTA Fellow, The Bonner Center at Carson-Newman University. Eastern Tennessee. Address educational, economic, and social disparities in Eastern Tennessee. All VISTA Fellows are matched with a local non-profit partner where they connect the resources of Carson-Newman University and the community to further strengthen their work in addressing educational injustice. For more information, visit www.cn.edu/bonner. Interested candidates should apply by December 1 at www.americorps.gov or email Anya Piotrowski with questions at vista@cn.edu.

AmeriCorps Program Supervisor - St. Bernard Project, New Orleans https://worknola.com/st-bernard-project/americorps-program-manager

Member/Caseworker, Children’s Corps. NYC & Westchester, NY Children's Corps offers child welfare pre-service training, places them in full-time salary jobs, and supports their professional development throughout their two years. Applications are posted online in mid-December. To learn more, go to: www.fosteringchangeforchildren.org

Job Hunting Sites: Back Door Jobs

http://backdoorjobs.com

Cool Works

http://www.coolworks.com

Idealist

http://www.idealist.org

Big variety of interesting jobsseasonal, fulltime & temporary. Lots of temporary and seasonal jobs. Lots of nonprofit & service options

Xanterra

http://www.xanterra.com/

National Parks jobs.

Barefoot Student

www.barefootstudent.com

Post college jobs. Look by city.

International Volunteering: A Broader View

https://www.abroaderview.org/

Safe Passage

http://www.safepassage.org/

1,000-1,500 per month. Various countries. Guatemala Garbage Dump. Super cheap.

Work Away

http://www.workaway.info/

Housing & food for work.

WWOOF

http://wwoof.org/

Housing & food for work.

IVHQ

http://www.volunteerhq.org/

Lots of countries. Super Cheap.

Schools with Free Tuition: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Deep Springs College, Inyo County, CA Cooper Union, NYC Curtis Institute of Music, NYC College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, MO Berea College, Berea, KY Webb Institute, Glen Cove, NY Macaulay Honors College at City University of New York (CUNY), NYC Alice Lloyd College, Pippa Passe, KY Barclay College, Haviland, KS

http://www.thebestschools.org/blog/2012/12/10/20-colleges-providing-free-tuition/ November 2013

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Corps Member Reflection: Josh Beam, River 3 Over the past year that I have served in AmeriCorps NCCC, my life has been influenced exponentially by the beauty found in simple acts of humanitarianism. I’ve been given the chance to benefit others with my actions in ways that I never would have thought I’d be able to. From reconstructing damaged areas due to natural disasters, to tutoring school children in low income areas, I have touched the soul of this nation as my forefathers intended, for the improvement of others. Though there were the occasional challenges, such as personality conflicts and occasionally poor living conditions, my team has been able to overcome these challenges and prosper in an area that is known to break down communities much larger than our own. I find a lot of pride in my brothers and sisters in the AmeriCorps NCCC program, not just because they understand how stressful it can be to shadow your own wants and needs for the improvement of others, but because we have all found and understood deeper parts of ourselves due in part to such conditions. Ironically, it was in one of these very troubling moments of my experience that I have my fondest memory. During a Habitat for Humanity project my team was working with in Atlantic Beach, Florida, my team was prone to disagreement quite easily. During one of these moments, I was better able to understand the way in which my fellow Corps members’ feelings and personalities play into the team dynamic. From this point forward, I was better able to gauge my own input into conversations and to better read the input of others. The amount of times we disagreed was having a definite decline. I’m happy to say that my team is working extremely well now. I personally find that because we came to these troubles earlier on and found conclusions much earlier than other teams with the same issues, we had more time to promote the positive team dynamics of our multiple personalities. I feel that my team is so close now that we have reached this point, that I will without a doubt, find that saying good bye to my team will be the hardest part of leaving this program. To all those who wish to join AmeriCorps NCCC, the only bit of advice I can offer is to understand that this program focuses on the teams’ capabilities to improve communities, not the individual’s, though one can work harder than others. It is the team that makes the impact; the individual seems to only make ripples.

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SHOUT OUTS!!! River 3: I'd like to give a shout out to Lindsey Mancari and Amanda Gamaldi, this experience would not have been as memorable without you two. This year has had a lot of challenges for all three of us and I am so grateful to have you girls as my support system! Our jokes will last a lifetime along with the bond we have formed I love you best friends -Taylor Lawrence

Earlier this year, the Appalachian Coal Country Team received its 6th NCCC team, River 6. River 6 put in over 3,600 hours between 8/21 and 10/15. Shout out of River 6 for your amazing work with ACCT! Below, you will find a summary of their accomplishments.

Thank you Marlisa for being such a kind and loving friend. For never physical hurting me or making fun of my freckles. One day I will learn how to punch but until then I'm content with punching like "a dadlion!" I love you mar mar!! -Cory Hall-Martin Shout out to everyone. It takes a lot of perseverance, honesty with ourselves and to others, dedication and hard work to make it this far! Go Class 19!! -Mike Miller

Delta 10: Shout out to DBT and my fellow Luxury, Leaf Wiper, Watcher, Holder and Scaredy P's. Nosferatu and 80's music. WHOOOOW

River 7: Shout out to Jonathan for being an awesome Unit Leader. Shout to Alex Mace, Kyle Quigly, Cory Hall-Martin and Corbin Beastrom for being some of the best friends anyone could ever ask for. –Ana Rea

CHECK US OUT!!!

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AmeriCorps NCCC Southern Region

AmeriCorps NCCC

2715 Confederate Ave. Vicksburg, MS 39180 601-630-4040

A Unique Way to Serve your Country

Community Relations Department:

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.

Erika Roberts, CRS eroberts@cns.gov Kevin Jones, ACRS kjones@cns.gov Tanner Shepherd, CRSTL deltacrsunit@gmail.com Claire Smith, Unit STL claire.smith@fema.dhs.gov

FEMA Corps The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) joined forces to establish a FEMA-devoted division of 1,600 service corps members within AmeriCorps' National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) solely dedicated to disaster readiness, response, and recovery.


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