Thomas Moore of Athena recently graduated from AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC).
The July 29 ceremony took place at Red Rocks Amphitheatre In Colorado. The site has historical roots with the NCCC. Opening in 1941, Red Rocks was built by the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps, which was used as a model for the NCCC 50 years later.
Moore, a 2011 Weston-McEwen High School graduate, arrived at NCCCs Southwest Region Campus in Denver Oct. 24, 2013. During the past 10 months, Moore and the rest of the 245 members of the 20th Denver-based class served about half a million hours and completed 118 projects.
Their accomplishments included building or restoring 308 miles of trail, removing 553,053 pounds of exotic vegetation, constructing 79 new homes, tutoring 6,249 kindergarten through 12th grade students and returning $10,038,996 to communities through tax returns.
Founded in 1994, AmeriCorps NCCC is a residential national service program that supports disaster relief, the environment, infrastructure improvement, energy conservation, and urban and rural development.
AmeriCorps NCCC members, who are 18-24 years old, complete at least 1,700 hours of service during the 10-month program. In exchange, they receive $5,550 to help pay for college. Other benefits include a small living stipend, room and board, leadership development, team building skills and the knowledge that they can make a difference.
For more info, go to www.americorps.gov/nccc.