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An AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) team is serving with the Village of Richton Park Public Works from July 13 to August 30, 2018. The team is assisting with disaster mitigation and infrastructure improvement tasks.
The AmeriCorps NCCC team of seven from the North Central Region campus of Vinton, Iowa is doing GPS/GIS (Geographic Information System) mapping of storm water infrastructures, manhole covers, street sign inventory, and other public infrastructure throughout the village. Additionally, the team is cleaning up waterways and storm water runoffs to meet National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) compliance and gather information to aid in planning and replacement of the current infrastructure.
Through their service, AmeriCorps NCCC members are expected to benefit all the residents of Richton Park by reducing localized flooding and providing accurate information for future development of the Village. The information the team helps gather will help the village make decisions and develop data-driven plans for the future.
“We are here to get the job done,” says member Douglas Anderson from Houston, Texas. “I am very excited about this project because we are helping Richton Park Public Works make the community safer and better.”
The Richton Park Public Works Department mission is to provide quality services to enhance the living and working environment of the community. Their vision is to be recognized as an outstanding provider of public works services to the community, which is accomplished through partnerships, quality customer service, teamwork and continuous improvement.
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, and 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 for the second consecutive year. “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 engages 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 and Volunteer Generation Fund programs.
For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov.