AmeriCorps NCCC Helps To Restore And Protect Santa Clara County Parks

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SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA – AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), Team Blue 3 is stationed in San Jose, California working at Santa Clara County Parks from February 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017. One of it’s focuses will be to repair significant storm damage at both Hellyer and Santa Teresa Parks. The team is composed of 11 members from around the United States. At Santa Clara County Parks, Blue 3 is working on erosion control, trail maintenance, invasive species removal, and historic restoration.

Santa Clara County Parks is dedicated to provide optimum recreational opportunities and to have people achieve an appreciation of the natural world for the citizens of the county. AmeriCorps NCCC is constructing and placing new fencing in a historical site, maintaining trails for accessibility, controlling erosion on trails, and generally beautifying parks.

Corps Member, Christopher O’Mara loves the work at Santa Clara County Parks,” We are very fortunate to get to work alongside a great group of staff that have shown us around the parks at SCCP. The county members that come to their local parks definitely get a great experience!” Before coming to Santa Clara, Blue 3 worked on disaster relief projects with the American Red Cross in Goldsboro, North Carolina to repair communities after the devastation of Hurricane Matthew, as well as working at an outdoor school in Petaluma, California.

The Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department has provided recreational opportunities, beautiful parks and precious natural resources for Santa Clara County residents for more than 50 years. This golden legacy has resulted in one of the largest regional park systems in the State of California.

The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and its FEMA Corps units engage 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 President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit