For Immediate Release: 

An AmeriCorps NCCC team is Helping the City of Mattoon

 Mattoon, Ill. – AmeriCorps members serving in the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) program are supporting the City of Mattoon from September 18-November 6. The team is helping create trail systems covering five miles on 110 acres of city-owned land.

The AmeriCorps team from the North Central Region campus in Vinton, Iowa is contributing to the goals of the project by clearing trail corridors, developing trails, installing amenities, and establishing pollinator plots.

The project is expected to benefit all residents and visitors in East Central Illinois, by increasing access to nature, promoting conservation awareness, improving mental well-being, and expanding publicly accessible land.

The City of Mattoon’s mission is ‘working together to build the future.’ We have partnered with various conservation-focused organizations, to enhance access to public lands and promote ecological conservation awareness. Through the Lake Paradise Pathway Revitalization Project, we aim to enhance the quality of life for our residents by improving access to public lands.

About AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps is celebrating more than three decades of strengthening communities and transforming the lives of not only the individuals served, but the AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers who serve.

AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism, provides opportunities for Americans to serve their country domestically, address the nation’s most pressing challenges, improve lives and communities, and strengthen civic engagement. Each year, the agency places more than 200,000 AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers in intensive service roles; and empowers millions more to serve as long-term, short-term, or one-time volunteers. Learn more at

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About AmeriCorps NCCC

The AmeriCorps NCCC program engages young Americans in a full-time,10-month commitment to service each year. AmeriCorps NCCC members address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, and urban and rural development. The NCCC program provides individuals with the opportunity to develop leadership skills and strengthen communities through service. For more information, visit


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