AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps Team to Support Neighborhood Improvement Projects in Erie

Posted: July 18, 2018

Our West Bayfront and the Bayfront Eastside Task Force will bring a National Civilian Community Corps team to Erie to implement open space improvement projects.  

Local nonprofits Our West Bayfront (OWB) and Bayfront Eastside Task Force (BEST) have partnered to bring an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) Team to Erie this summer to revitalize the East and West Bayfront neighborhoods through various neighborhood improvement projects. 

AmeriCorps NCCC is a federally funded, full-time, residential program that consists of a team of young adults who complete projects that address essential needs to serve and strengthen communities across the country. The Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA) is providing additional financial support for this initiative.

"We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to bring an NCCC team to Erie," said Anna Frantz, Executive Director of Our West Bayfront. "The team will make it possible for us to accomplish several important projects this summer that support OWB's and BEST's neighborhood revitalization goals. We are also looking forward to introducing this group of community-minded young adults to all that Erie has to offer." 

During their eight-week stay, the NCCC team will work on a variety of projects to improve open spaces, address blighted properties, support community events and more. 

"The Americorps NCCC team will allow BEST to improve our neighborhood in ways we have pursued for years," said Jeremy Bloeser, Executive Director of the Bayfront East Side Taskforce. "They will be installing elements of our new LandCare Project, a best-practice program aimed at improving vacant land through attractive fencing and landscaping. Our entire neighborhood will benefit from the hard work we plan to accomplish over the end of this summer."

The team will reside at Gannon University's newly constructed St. Joseph House of Faith in Action, located on the 400 block of W. Fourth Street within the West Bayfront neighborhood. The NCCC team will be the first to reside at the St. Joseph House since the space was dedicated in May. Because of its design, which was intended to accommodate small groups focused on service and neighborhood revitalization, St. Joseph House was a perfect fit for the NCCC team, expressed Erika Ramalho, Director of Community and Government Relations at Gannon.

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