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Cedar Springs grad serves in civilian corps

Cedar Springs grad serves in civilian corps

Stacy Cain

In the course of 10 months, Stacy Cain, 22, of Cedar Springs, will have gained experience and skills in construction, project development, education, trail building, and bio-dynamic farming through AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps.

Cain, the daughter of Mary and Scott Cain, graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 2006.

Upon arriving in Sacramento, California on October 14th, 2009, Cain underwent a month of Civilian Institute Training giving her the tools to succeed in the national community service program including Red Cross disaster preparation training.

The two months that followed took Cain to the St. Bernard Parish of Louisiana where she served the local communities located in the Parish. With a team comprised of 10 individuals, Cain worked with the nationally recognized nonprofit called The St. Bernard Project. She helped to restore houses, allowing families to move home after 4 years of living in a FEMA trailer. More construction experience followed in Lake Charles, LA., as Cain worked for the local Habitat for Humanity chapter.

After four months of service in the Gulf, Cain returned to the Pacific Coast to work with the local YMCA of Pomona Valley, Cali. In this city of southern California, Cain helped tutor and supervise children who participated in the Pomona Valley YMCA’s afterschool program called After School Enrichment and Safety (ASES).

From there Cain traveled with her AmeriCorps team to Canyonville, OR., where she experienced three weeks of camping and trail building with Alder Creek Children’s Forest. Along with her team, she constructed approximately half a mile of trail for educational and recreational purposes.

Cain’s service term is coming to a close in Port Hadlock, Washington, where she is working with the Sunfield Education Association in bio-dynamic farming.

“I’ve done things that I never thought I’d be able to do during my service term,” said Cain. “Everything from construction to assistant teaching and trail building has been included in my experience and I’ll never forget them.”

Cain said that after AmeriCorps, she plans to continue independent photography, while traveling and seeing more of the country, as well as visiting various places overseas.

AmeriCorps NCCC is part of AmeriCorps, a network of national service programs created to improve the environment, enhance education, increase public safety, and assist with disaster relief and other unmet human needs. NCCC members must be 18-24 years old and must complete at least 1,700 hours of community service during the 10-month program. In exchange for their service, they receive $4,725 to help pay for college or to pay school loans. Other benefits include leadership development, team building skills, increased self-confidence, and the satisfaction of knowing that they have made a real difference in communities across the country. AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation of National and Community Service. For information about applying to an AmeriCorps program, call 1-800-942-2677 (1-800-94-ACORP) or visit the website at www.americorps.gov.

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