I joined Americorps*NCCC in the fall of 2005. My team Grean Five and I traveled to various sites across the United States for 10 months performing over 1,700 hours of national and community service.
Although we were based and did training at the McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento, we served at various sites across the US, including
Cameron Parish, Louisiana | We worked with the Council on Aging, local ministries and other organizations doing disaster relief work and recovery in the weeks following Hurricane Rita
Parlier, California | We worked with the city doing public safety work, fixing up a community center and distributing food and water
Seattle, Washington | We worked with the United Way and the IRS to offer free tax return service to the public, specifically low income residents and recent immigrants from other countries
St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana | We worked with Emergency Communities and the Made With Love Cafe to feed returning residents and relief workers in the months after Hurricane Katrina
Crown King, Arizona | We worked with the Crown King Volunteer Fire Department doing wildland fire prevention and fuels removal, as well as being deployed to extinguish a small lightning fire
During this time I developed flexibility, teamwork and resourcefulness skills, had a lot of fun and met a lot of great people, many of which I keep in contact with to this day. During this time I also served as a Wildland Firefighter Squad Leader, Safety Coordinator and Physical Training Coordinator. I helped to facilitated print, TV and radio media coverage across five markets as Team Media Coordinator, and I also filmed, wrote and edited feature-length documentary DVD which you can view here.