Two historic buildings in Beverly are receiving a boost this spring from the hard work of eight energetic young people from "River Four" AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) team.
The team Corps members have spent eight weeks of service sprucing up two of Beverly's significant historic buildings.
"We are AmeriCorps NCCC River 4 and we are out here in Historic Beverly," said Johnathan Toles-Blunt, River 4 media representative. "We work with non-profit organizations to help different communities within the Southern Region of the United States.
"We also respond to natural disasters if we are in the area. As of late, we have been in Historic Beverly helping Darryl DeGripp and the Beverly Heritage Center preserve and restore the IOOF building, and the Civil War era Collet house."
The biggest project for the River Four team has been improving the entry hallway and upstairs of the Beverly IOOF Hall for future use as a community room. Additional work on this building will be continuing over future months.
The team also spent part of their time on interior rehabilitation on the Collett House, probably Beverly's oldest standing building. They cleaned out much of the building, restored chinking in the front log room, and repaired the front entryway. The Collett House will soon be open by appointment for sales of historic doors, windows, hardware and other architectural salvage, under the management of Historic Beverly Antiques.
The AmeriCorps NCCC team has been under the direction of Beverly Heritage Center Director Darryl DeGripp, and were supervised directly on their work by contractors Ed Devine and Brian "Bugs" Shourds.
The AmeriCorps NCCC team assignment in Beverly is sponsored by Historic Beverly Preservation, who completed a competitive application process to gain their help. The team's lodging while in the community was hosted by Camp Pioneer.
In addition to their primary projects, the River Four has helped with other community projects such as improvements at Camp Pioneer and the Beverly Elementary School, cleanup at Rich Mountain Battlefield, tree planting at Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, and assistance at the Randolph County Humane Society and Tucker County Humane Society.
AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, residential, national service program in which 1,100 adults serve nationwide each year. During their 10-month term, Corps 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, urban and rural development and energy conservation. Members mentor students, construct and rehabilitate low-income housing, respond to natural disasters, clean up streams, help communities develop emergency plans, and address countless other local needs. The Southern Region campus in Vicksburg, Mississippi - home base to River Four team - is one of five regional hubs in the United States.
In exchange for their service, Corps members receive an education award and a small living stipend, leadership development, increased self-confidence and the knowledge that, through active citizenship, people can indeed make a difference. AmeriCorps NCCC is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency. The Corporation improves lives, strengthens communities and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. For more information about AmeriCorps NCCC, visit the website at www.americorps.gov/nccc.
Historic Beverly Preservation is a non-profit organization seeking to preserve the heritage of historic Beverly, in Randolph County. In addition to being an operating partner in the Beverly Heritage Center, Historic Beverly Preservation seeks to preserve the town's significant historic buildings through direct action and education, and is the sponsor of the Beverly ON TRAC program. To get involved or learn more. see www.historicbeverly.org or inquire at the Beverly Heritage Center, 304-637-7424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.