Meet Americorps - A Denver Federal Center Tenant
If you notice government vans full of 18- to 24-year-olds periodically descending on the DFC, fear not! These exceptional young adults have applied and been selected to commit 10 months to serving communities across the United States. They spend some time in Denver to train and transition between projects. Our support staff of 27 moved in to Building 53 in late April.
The National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC – pronounced N-triple-C), is part of AmeriCorps, a federal national service program. Denver has hosted one of NCCC’s five regional hubs since the program launched in 1994. Our members work on teams of about 10 on several projects lasting 6-12 weeks each that support disaster relief, the environment, energy conservation, infrastructure improvement, and urban & rural development.
A new class of about 340 members launched this fall, with Team Leader training beginning shortly after Labor Day, and Corps Member training beginning on October 7, and their first project deployment on October 31. They will return to Denver on December 19 to transition and take their winter break. New projects in new places begin in early January. Teams will serve on two to four more projects before graduating on July 19, 2016.
Our previous class of 262 AmeriCorps NCCC members graduated on July 24, 2015. They completed 363,627 hours of service on 105 projects across eight states. A handful of their accomplishments include building or restoring 143 miles of trail, constructing 82 new homes, planting 7,821 trees, supporting 7,342 K-12 students in after school programs, assisting 15,186 people affected by disaster, and returning $10,526,565 to low-income families by preparing their tax returns. Visit to view a three-minute video briefing their term of service.
If you see any of these members around, please feel free to say hello and ask them what kind of projects they’ve been working on. Corps Members wear white or gray and Team Leaders wear green.
To learn more about how a young adult can apply to serve, how to sponsor a team (we support non-profit organizations, schools, faith-based groups, and local, state, and federal (!) agencies), or the program in general, visit the Corporation for National and Community Service website or our regional Facebook page.