AmeriCorps finishes short-term projects in North Bend
From planting trees to restoring trails, a group of young AmeriCorps volunteers has spent 5½ weeks building partnerships with the Mountain to Sound Greenway trust and members of the North Bend community.
The team, known as the Silver Six, worked on two different projects during its time in the greater Seattle area. Its community outreach also served Cle Elum, Bellevue and Issaquah.
For the first three weeks, the team helped plant trees and clear invasive species alongside the trust’s Volunteer Stewardship Program.
Team members also worked with middle school students at Two Rivers School in North Bend, said Molly Kinder, the team’s media representative.
The volunteers also restored trails on Issaquah’s Tiger Mountain, Kinder said.
Kinder is one of 11 volunteers in the group. The other team members include Aisya Wilson of New Jersey, Anthony Liu of Maryland, Amanda Karstetter of Virginia, Emily Walsh of Illinois, Madison Truehart of Massachusetts, Melissa Baker of Pennsylvania, Morgan Fuiks of Colorado, Joseph Stringfellow of Colorado, Savannah Price of Illinois, and Patrick Thompson of Georgia.
The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps and its FEMA Corps units engage 2,800 18- to 24-year old volunteers each year.
The volunteers are divided into groups of 8 to 12 people and have the opportunity to work in a number of different service avenues, Kinder said.
“This service project is especially rewarding because all the work that we are doing will benefit not only our own generation but also generations to come,” said team member Madison Truehart in an AmeriCorps press release.
The teams will travel around the Pacific region working on similar short-term service projects for 10 months. They are also trained through AmeriCorps in projects relating to urban and rural development, natural and other disasters, energy conservation and infrastructure improvement.