On May 2nd, a group of 11 young change agents ushered their way into the CAFB’s doors. They were here serving as AmeriCorps NCCC volunteers. AmeriCorps NCCC is a full- time team-based residential program that is used to strengthen communities and build leaders amongst its participants through direct service. Groups of 18-24 year-olds are deployed all throughout the country to transform communities and are made into leaders.
Over the course of one month, this team of 11, thoughtfully named Moose 1, truly served as an integral piece to our ‘community response to hunger.’ The team split their 40-hour work week between farming and gardening at Clagett Farm, performing SNAP outreach at out Mobile Pantry sites, as well as helping our Food For Kids department with packing Kids Cafe boxes and assisting at our Kids Cafe sites.
Despite having to wake up at the crack of dawn every morning to perform their morning team building activities, the team always carried along a smile and the willingness and eagerness to serve. This inspiring and dynamic group of individuals made a huge impression on our hearts and in the communities we serve.
We hope that this experience was as influential and meaningful to them as it was to the food bank, our partners and the people we serve. If you are a nonprofit organization in need of a group of dedicated individuals to work on a specific project for special amount of time, I would highly recommend you consider applying for a team of AmeriCorps NCCC volunteers. The amount of work this team was able to accomplish in such a short span of time was incredible and worth every minute!
Thank you team Moose 1 and we wish you the best in all of your future service projects!