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The AmeriCorps NCCC team of nine from the North Central Region campus of Vinton, Iowa is helping with removing environmental debris from streams, storm drains and ditch lines. The debris washed up during flooding, which has occurred on numerous occasions because of the lack of maintenance on the drains. The team is utilizing a GPS system to create an inventory of various public items such as culverts, drains and other items because the village currently does not have a system in which to keep track of these items.
Through their service, AmeriCorps NCCC members are helping Richton Park clean up its overall waterways, as well as create a database of all its different monuments and items. The Village experienced heavy flooding some years ago and has not yet been able to restore ideal fluidity and efficiency of the waterways. The immediate infrastructure and surrounding environment will only improve with the removal of the debris. Richton Park has never had a complete database of all their public items, for by pinpointing all the objects and possibly discovering more, the Village will be able to keep better track of the area’s systems. In this way, it will be easier for the residents to navigate the Village and create a more personable, and welcoming environment for visitors. Richton Park’s water will also be much cleaner and purer without debris littering the waterways, and the citizens will feel more inclined to utilize public spaces.
“Helping Richton Park has been eye-opening to me,” says Remington North, an AmeriCorps NCCC member, “I never knew how polluted people’s water systems are and it feels great to improve the Village as a whole.”
The Village was incorporated in 1926, and is now home to nearly 15,000 residents. Richton Park exists as the hub of Chicago’s Southland suburbs. Richton Park is a warm, welcoming and diverse community with easy access to Chicago via a busy Metra station and various popular Interstates.
Richton Park Village President Rick Reinbold is enthused about NCCC’s assistance. “We are utmost appreciative of having this group come to Richton Park; investing so much of their time and efforts in helping us improve our Village for residents and community.”
AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and its FEMA Corps Unit engage up to 2,800 young Americans in a full-time, 10-month commitment to service each year. AmeriCorps NCCC members address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, and urban and rural development. FEMA Corps members are solely dedicated to disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery work. The programs are administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS is the federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.
For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov.