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Powers joins AmeriCorps project

December 15, 2008

DENVER - On Nov. 3, Jessica Powers of Hagerstown left to begin work on her first service project of the year with the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), an AmeriCorps program.

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. This year marks its 15th anniversary.

Powers arrived at NCCC's Southwest Region Campus in Denver and began training Oct. 6 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.

Twenty-four Southwest Region teams composed of 257 corps members and team leaders began service projects in November. Fifteen of the teams, including Powers' in Galveston, are supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency with continuing Hurricane Ike recovery projects in Texas.

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Powers attended North Hagerstown High School and Bridgewater College, where she graduated in May with a degree in psychology.

"NCCC seems like one of the most effective ways to travel, meet new people and have fun all while getting things done for America's communities," Powers said.

She is the daughter of Sheila and Wayne Powers.

For more information about AmeriCorps NCCC, go to www.americorps.gov/nccc.

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