From back left: Gaby, Darcy, Sam, Greg, Phil; From front left: Drew, Brad, Christina, Hillary, Diana
We all arrived in Vinton, Iowa, headquarters for the North Central Region of AmeriCorps NCCC, on February 15 and were placed in temporary teams. For the first few days it was all logistical. We were sized for uniforms, boots, and other safety equipment that would be needed for future projects. Our training over the next few days were slow starts as many of us came here knowing no one and being surrounded by strangers from several different states and cities. On February 21, every NCCC member followed a clue based scavenger hunt to find our permanent teams.
That's when we met our team leader Darcy and our lives changed forever. Maple 4 is a team composed of a largely diverse group of individuals from different backgrounds (you read about us in the last post!). It was challenging when joining with a whole new group of people. This team cooks, cleans, and attends all trainings together. We are with each other for ten hours straight some days. As a result of this, we have been a team for only 3 weeks, yet we have bonded deeply.
Darcy has been very enthusiastic from the beginning. She has consistently encouraged us to be excited about everything, even trainings. Her pep has boosted team morale and has everyone looking forward to being together for nine months. As a team, we've created many chants and cheers, and we even have a mascot and a logo.
Maurice and his Dinosaur children
Now that you know a little about us, here is what we will be doing for the next six weeks:
This Thursday, March 17 – St. Patrick's Day we will be heading to Evendale, Ohio to begin our first project. Evendale is a suburb of Cincinnati. We are all excited to be near such a large city where we can experience many different entertainment options and independent service opportunities. We will be working at Gorman Heritage Farm which is a 120-acre working and educational farm. We will be building and fixing trails that surround the property. There are all sorts of animals and fun activities to do there (http://www.gormanfarm.org/).
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