Resident begins 10-month journey of service
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 5:20 AM
Janae Wohlgemuth, originally from Spring Grove, has joined 220 other individuals from across the United States in Vinton, Iowa, where they are devoting the next 10 months to giving back to communities in the North Central Region of the United States.
Wohlgemuth has been serving with the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), an AmeriCorps program, since Feb. 8.
Since arriving, Wohlgemuth and the other members have gone through an intensive training to prepare them for serving in communities.
This four-week training period emphasized teamwork, leadership development, communication, diversity and service learning.
During this time, members were also assigned to one of 21 teams. Each team serves on average four-seven projects during their term of service with NCCC.
On March 8, NCCC members completed their training and were officially inducted into the AmeriCorps NCCC program with the ceremony being held at Vinton-Shellsburg High School Auditorium.
On March 12, NCCC teams left Vinton to begin serving on their first NCCC service project.
Wohlgemuth and her team are serving with University of Wisconsin Arboretum in Madison, Wis., until May 11 removing invasive species and assisting with the nursery.
Prior to joining NCCC, Wohlgemuth graduated from Spring Grove Publis High School in 2010 and graduated from Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, Iowa, earning a certificate in Biblical Studies.
She then attended Crown College near Minneapolis for one semester before being accepted into NCCC.
Wohlgemuth joined NCCC because she was not sure what career path to take.
About AmeriCorps NCCC
AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, residential, national service program in which 1,100 young adults serve nationwide each year.
During their 10-month term, NCCC members - all 18 to 24 years old - work on teams of eight to 12 on projects that address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development.
In exchange for their service, NCCC Members receive $5,550 to help pay for college, or to pay back existing student loans.
Other benefits include a small living stipend, room and board, leadership development, increased self-confidence, and the knowledge that, through active citizenship, people can indeed make a difference.
For more information visit its website at www.americorps.gov/nccc.