AmeriCorps in Vicksburg|Volunteers to be inducted, share their plans

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 29, 2009

Monday will kick off two days of festivities for the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps.

The community service group of 160 arrived, in full, at the end of July and volunteers are being housed at the former All Saints’ Episcopal School on Confederate Avenue. Administrators moved into the building in January, 20 team leaders followed the first week in July and the rest came at the end of the month.

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AmeriCorps festivities open to public Tuesday are:

• Noon — Press conference at Vicksburg Convention Center.

• 12:15 p.m. — Tour of NCCC project displays at VCC.

• 1 p.m. — Southern Region induction ceremony at VCC.

On Monday morning, the Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting at All Saints’, now called the NCCC’s Southern Region Campus. It will serve as the grand opening of the campus and mark its transition from All Saints’ to AmeriCorps, said Erika Roberts, NCCC community relations specialist — “to usher in the new purpose for the campus.”

Expected to attend the ribbon-cutting are Paul Winfield, mayor of Vicksburg; Nicola Goren, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service; and the Rev. Duncan M. Gray III, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi.

After the ribbon-cutting, the AmeriCorps team will head to project sites in Vicksburg, and will spend the day doing community service.

Activities will resume Tuesday with a noon press conference at the convention center, followed by a tour of displays.

“Each team has done a visual display relating to their first round of projects in Mississippi,” said Roberts. “We would like the public to come see the displays.”

Team members will be available to answer questions.

Tuesday afternoon at the convention center, there will be an induction ceremony for the volunteers.

The project area served by the Vicksburg AmeriCorps base includes Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

The group addresses needs identified by nonprofit organizations and public schools.


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