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Americorps Partnership

National Civilian Community Corps

In Spring 2017, the city was selected to host a National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) project team after submitting a project proposal to AmeriCorps for volunteers capable of making aesthetic improvements to properties, ultimately leading to more appealing neighborhoods, community pride and investor interest. An effort to host the NCCC team also aligned with a few goals of the city’s most recent housing study-increasing property values and neighborhood beautification. All members were highly skilled in light construction and landscaping work.

From March 6-April 17, the NCCC project team completed work in three neighborhoods - Villa Place, Southeast Rocky Mount and Holly Street. These neighborhoods were the city’s focus due to a high concentration of vacant and blighted properties. Team members collected several industrial-sized bags of debris in the three neighborhoods and painted house numbers along the curbs. The team's primary focus was to replace plywood on homes that were boarded with new boards that were painted like window and doors. Volunteers boarded 44 homes in total and 229 openings, which included doors, windows, or any entryway into a vacant property. The estimated savings of the teams efforts totaled approximately $100 per opening. The feedback from the community concerning their work has been extremely positive. The City hopes to have the opportunity to host more project teams in the future.

VISTA

The City of Rocky Mount has been awarded the opportunity to host members of the AmeriCorps VISTA program. VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) was founded in 1965 as a national service program to fight poverty in America. In 1993, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs. Today, more than 46 million Americans live in poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA taps the skills, talents and passion of more than 7,000 Americans annually to support community efforts to overcome poverty. The City of Rocky Mount VISTAs will help to address poverty-related issues while working closely with various City departments including the Manager's office, Community Development, Human Relations, and Parks & Recreation.