More than 100 AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) North Central Region alums and staff are descending on Vinton, Iowa this weekend. They are celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the AmeriCorps NCCC North Central Region campus opening in Vinton, Iowa in 2008.

The weekend is packed with a number of activities to celebrate the spirit of service and the commitment to a life of service. The focal point being the service projects on Saturday, September 15 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. The group will be divided between five service projects in Vinton, Coggon and Garrison. The organizations being supported in these communities are Benton County Conservation, YMCA Camp Wapsie, Benton County Historical Society, Vinton Parks and Recreation, and the Old Creamy Nature Trail.

Alumni are power washing the patio and nature center, removing invasive species and woody vegetation, and mulching playground areas at Rodgers Park with the Benton County Conservation. At YMCA Camp Wapsie, alumni are doing trail maintenance, painting buildings and landscaping. Alumni serving with Benton County Historical Society are painting and cleaning the Depot and removing overgrowth along the river parallel to Riverside Park Road with Vinton Parks and Recreation. Finally, we have a group serving with Old Creamer Nature Trail where they are staining wood railings on bridges along the trail.

Since 2008, AmeriCorps NCCC members from the Vinton campus have strengthened communities across not only Iowa but throughout the North Central Region. They have addressed communities’ needs on more than 1,000 projects.

AmeriCorps NCCC North Central Region 10 Year Anniversary

Schedule September 14 – 16, 2018

Friday, September 14

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Event: Meet and Greet Reception Location: Vinton Country Club

Saturday, September 15

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Event: Community Meeting

Location: IBSSS Auditorium

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Event: Service Projects*

Locations: TBA

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Event: Lunch/Unit Palooza

Location: IBSSS Gym

6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Celebration Dinner Location: Vinton Skate and Activity Center

Sunday, September 16

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Event: PT Scavenger Hunt

Location: IBSSS Gym

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Time: Brunch Location: Vinton Country Club