Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Life of a CAPper

Every Wednesday in June we're talking about how members are recruited for NCCC. This week, CAPpers from Coast 3 in the Southern Region share their recruitment techniques.

A day in the life of a CAPper (Corps Ambassador Program) is both rewarding and inspiring. Getting a chance to go into the communities we are serving to help the public better understand who we are and what we do, helps to create a better relationship with the people. 

 Members Lindsey and Breanna helping hand out
 information during a CAPping event.
A CAPping event starts with your willingness and passion for the program to go into a crowd of people and speak about your current and/or past experiences. When arriving at an event with our suitcase full of information packets, signup sheets, and an AmeriCorps inspired tablecloth, we begin our setup. A CAPping event is normally set in a place we can reach out to young adults between the ages of 18-24 such as, high schools, local recreation centers, colleges and public libraries.

Once set up, we begin our work. We decide amongst each other which role we would prefer. Because someone needs to be manning the table at all times, it’s best to have as many team mates attend the event as possible. In a recent event at a local high school we had a total of three members, including a corps member from another team. While someone sits at the table helping hand out information, the others take it upon themselves to walk into the crowd and speak with people walking by. With the cooperation of the team we are able to meet our goals with the feeling of accomplishment.

How were you recruited for AmeriCorps NCCC or FEMA Corps? Let us know on Facebook or by sending an email to! 

Brought to you by AmeriCorps NCCC, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
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