DENVER, Colo. – Ariel Epstein of Auburn deployed on Feb. 26 to begin work on her first service project of the year with the National Civilian Community Corps, an AmeriCorps program.

Epstein arrived in Denver and began training on Tuesday, Jan. 30, for 10 months of full-time service with AmeriCorps*NCCC. The training emphasized teamwork, leadership development, communication, service learning and certification by the American Red Cross.

As a corps member, Epstein will be responsible for completing a series of six- to eight-week-long service projects as part of a 10- to 12-person team. Her first service project will end in mid-April, at which time she will change locations and begin a new project.

Thirty teams composed of 288 corps members and team leaders will begin service projects. While most teams are traveling to the Gulf Coast to assist with continuing recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, one team will work at an underserved middle school in Denver, and two teams will work in Missouri, assisting with ongoing ice storm recovery.

The three other NCCC campuses are located in Perry Point, Md., Charleston, S.C., 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, Epstein attended Edward Little High School and the University of Southern Maine, graduating in May 2006 with a degree in music. Epstein said, “(I chose to do a term of national service) because it’s a chance of a lifetime to do service on a larger scale.” She is the daughter of Ellen and Elliot Epstein.

Founded in 1994, AmeriCorps*NCCC is a residential national service program created to assist with disaster relief, improve the environment, enhance education, increase public safety and address unmet human needs.

AmeriCorps*NCCC members, all ages 18 to 24, must complete at least 1,700 hours of service during the 10-month program. In exchange, they receive $4,725 to help pay for college. Other benefits include a small living stipend, room and board, leadership development, team building skills and the knowledge that, through active citizenship, they can make a difference. For more information about AmeriCorps*NCCC, visit www.americorps.gov/nccc.


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