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
"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
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.