DENVER – They’ve lived in tents, gutted flood-damaged homes, mentored disadvantaged youth, coordinated thousands of volunteers, and developed into our nation’s future leaders. With 95 projects in 13 states behind them, Wendy Angus-Anderson of Gloucester City, N.J. is one of 215 members of AmeriCorps’ National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) who have completed 10 months of full-time service to communities in need.
Angus-Anderson, who arrived at NCCC’s Southwest Region Campus in Denver on October 6 to begin her term of service, will graduate from the program on Thursday, July 23. All Corps Members will depart Denver and begin travel to their home of record immediately following the morning ceremony.
Angus-Anderson and her team of about 10 other members completed a series of six- to eight-week-long projects in different communities across the country. NCCC projects assist with disaster relief, improve the environment, enhance education, increase public safety, and address unmet human needs.
The graduating class responded to 23 disaster callouts nationwide this year in partnership with the American Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the United States Forest Service, including a large-scale response to Hurricane Ike. AmeriCorps NCCC certifies 100 percent of its members in disaster relief, and has responded to every national disaster since the program began in 1994.
There are four other NCCC campuses located in Perry Point, Md., Vicksburg, Miss., Vinton, Iowa, and Sacramento, Calif., each of which is a hub for its respective area of the country, though teams will travel to other regions for disaster relief projects.
Before joining the NCCC, Angus-Anderson attended Gloucester Catholic High School and Franklin and Marshall College, which she graduated from in May 2008 with a degree in Anthropology. Blake and Deborah Angus-Anderson are Wendy’s parents.
For information on Angus-Anderson’s specific projects, or to find out how to get in touch with her, contact Heather Dirck, AmeriCorps NCCC Community Relations Specialist, at [email protected].
Celebrating its 15th Anniversary this year, AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, residential, national service program in which 1,100 young adults serve nationwide each year. During their 10-month term, Corps Members – all 18 to 24 years old – work on teams of 8-12 on projects that address compelling, self-identified community needs. The Southwest Region campus in Denver is one of five regional hubs in the United States and serves eight states in the southwest part of the country.
In exchange for their service, Corps Members receive $4,725 to help pay for college, or to pay back existing student loans. Other benefits include a small living stipend, leadership development, team building skills, increased self-confidence, and the knowledge that, through active citizenship, people can indeed make a difference. AmeriCorps NCCC is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about AmeriCorps NCCC, visit the website at www.americorps.gov/nccc.