From late April to early June, Rosedale was home to a team of eight AmeriCorps National Civilian Conservation Corps (NCCC) members. These hardworking volunteers worked full time and focused on three main areas while in the neighborhood: trails, minor home repairs, and community gardens, while also assisting with neighborhood beautification projects and community events.
During their six weeks here, the team pulled over 3,200 pounds of trash and metal junk illegally dumped in the woods near the Rozarks trails in Mt. Marty Park and Fisher Park; completed minor home repairs for seven elderly, disabled and/or low income Rosedale residents; cleared 7,700 pounds of invasive species and weeds; participated in two neighborhood clean ups; built 0.25 miles of new trail and did maintenance on the other 3.3 miles; built a trailhead kiosk and Fisher Park and worked on three of the community gardens around Rosedale.
AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which was established in 1993 to connect Americans of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to give back to their communities and their nation. While this is the first time Rosedale Development Association has hosted a team of NCCC members, RDA has partnered with AmeriCorps as a host site for members of the VISTA program since 2010.
The members of the Rosedale NCCC team hailed from around the country, and began their term in September of 2014. Before arriving in Kansas City, the team spent 13 weeks in Oklahoma and 13 weeks in Arkansas. They will end their term in July, after spending six weeks in Junction City, Kansas building trails. Erin Stryka, RDA’s Program Director, oversaw much of their work in Rosedale. She says of their service, “We were proud to host this hard-working team, and even prouder to show off Rosedale to young people all over the country.”
For more information on the many programs offered by AmeriCorps, please visit www.nationalservice.gov.