North Carolina Central University has received $136,000 from the North Carolina state Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service to host a team of AmeriCorps workers who will lead service initiatives throughout the Durham community in the coming year.
The 12-member North Carolina Eagle Corps will come on board in mid-October to help expand the direct-service capacity of campus- and community-based programs, with a particular focus on programs for veterans, military families and disadvantaged youth, said Calleen Herbert, interim director of the Office of Academic Community Service Learning.
“This is the first year that we have hosted an AmeriCorps site, and we see it as an opportunity for us to engage in service to the community in a broader sense,” Herbert said.
NCCU already has a robust community service program, with each full-time undergraduate student required to serve 15 volunteer hours per semester in surrounding communities. Their work was valued at $5.1 million during the 20154-15 academic year.
The AmeriCorps team will develop additional economic opportunities for the target populations by working in various capacities to deliver job and entrepreneurship training and providing reintegration assistance for returning veterans. Recruiting additional community volunteers, including NCCU students, to work with them will be part of the Eagle Corps responsibilities, Herbert said.