HATTIESBURG --The Office of Community Service
Learning at The University of Southern Mississippi has applied for
and been granted an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps team
from Nov.17 to Dec. 17.
The team will be working on projects with Hattiesburg
Area Habitat for Humanity as well as the Pine Burr Area Boy Scouts.
Tasks the team will focus on include constructing a house starting
from the concrete slab with Habitat for Humanity, along with a variety
of construction and maintenance projects at the Eagle's Nest Campground
with the Boy Scouts.
AmeriCorps NCCC is a 10-month residential national
service program for young adults ages 18 to 24 who have demonstrated
a strong commitment to service. Teams typically consist of eight
to 12 members who work on a given project for a period of six to
eight weeks, while supervised by an experienced team leader. Teams
are deployed from five locations throughout the country and serve
a geographic region based upon their home campus. The home campus
for the 11-person team coming to Hattiesburg is based in Charleston,
Projects in which AmeriCorps NCCC teams are currently
involved include forest fire coping and prevention, wild animal
treatment and rehabilitation, child tutoring and mentoring, home
maintenance and construction, park maintenance and growth and disaster
While AmeriCorps NCCC teams typically work for a period
of at least six weeks, the team deployed to the Pine Belt area will
be working for one month. This shortened term is a result of disaster
relief efforts carried out by the team following hurricanes Charley,
Frances, and Ivan.
For more information on this project and others, contact
the Office of Community Service Learning at 266-5074.