Area resident answers the president’s call to service

VINTON, Iowa - Highlands, NJ resident Lyndsay Senerchia is serving on her final project with the AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) North Central Region. Senerchia and her team are serving with Project Homecoming in New Orleans, LA until July 23rd rehabilitating homes that were devastated in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  Work includes demolition, hanging drywall, laying tile, building cabinets and installing them, laying siding, and supervising volunteer groups.

Lyndsay Senerchia

Senerchia, the daughter of Anthony and Nancy Senerchia, graduated in 2004 from Middletown High School South, and has completed 5 projects with her NCCC team.  Other projects included being construction workers for disaster recovery, training and participating in wildland firefighting, being tour guides for a wildlife sanctuary, being sawyers and improving timber stands, and assisting with other various assignments. Throughout their service, they have traveled to Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Lake Charles, Louisiana; Coralville Lake, Iowa; Spearfish, South Dakota; and now, their final destination of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Senerchia says, “This has been an overall amazing experience.  In AmeriCorps NCCC I have had many ups and downs and I would not have changed anything.  The experiences that I have had and the friends that I have made have impacted my life in positive ways.”

Specific accomplishments for the team include: renovated rooms in over 20 houses, cleared 534,400 lbs of debris, sorted 1,360 lbs of clothing, inventoried 3,850 lbs of food, removed 47,406 lbs of tree brush,  transplanted/planted 52 trees, removed 3.6 acres of invasive plants, completed prescribed burns on 28.2 acres of land, removed 1,712 lbs of trash, cleaned 29 large animal facilities of excrement and animal carcasses, scrubbed 29 bird cages, removed over 5,120 pounds of urine soaked hay, gave tours to 1060 people, removed 1,560 lbs of noxious weeds, fed over 1200 lbs of raw meat to big cats, designed and built 5 structures for tigers and lions, painted a 9 x 24 foot mural, and numerous other tasks were completed as well.

 

Senerchia is graduating from the AmeriCorps NCCC program on August 5,  2010 in Vinton, Iowa.  This ceremony marks the end of a 10-month journey that began in October 2009 for 150 AmeriCorps NCCC Corps Members and Team Leaders.  NCCC Corps Members and Team Leaders completed more than 250,000 hours of community service while completing 76 service projects.

During their term of service, Corps Members and Team Leaders worked in teams of 10-12 and were deployed on service projects across the North Central Region states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. NCCC teams also provided much needed support to the residents of the Mid-West devastated by the floods of 2008/2009 and the Gulf Coast region devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

AmeriCorps NCCC, administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, provides opportunities to members, who work to improve the environment, enhance education, increase public safety, help with disaster relief and assist in other unmet human needs. NCCC members must be18-24 and complete at least 1,700 hours of service during the 10-month program. For information about applying to AmeriCorps NCCC, call 1-800-942-2677 or visit the Web site at www.americorps.gov/nccc.