December 2, 2003--Posted at 5:54 p.m. CST
Village Creek State Park, Wynne, Ark.--You've heard of Peace Corps, and you might even be familiar with Americorps....but have you ever heard of the National Civilian Community Corps?
Well, if not, you might be surprised to learn that members of the group are currently in Region 8.
Group member Alicia Morey is a Yankee....that's right, she's from Albany, New York. and you might guess that coming to Arkansas might be somewhat of a culture shock for her....
It's been a really nice surprise, going to another part of the country. Other than Americorps, I would have no other reason to come to Arkansas. It's really been an eye-opening experience to meet the people," said Morey.
"It's been wonderful, it's been an experience. I've done things that normally I wouldn't have... like music I've listened to and ate things I didn't know existed."
As for Alicia Morey, her time here in Arkansas is winding down, and then it will be off to the next project....but the experience has been good.
"It's been challenging, and motivating, because we can defiantly see the work that needs to be done...and the big difference that is being made, us working here," said Morey.
After Americorps members serve 1700 hours working, they are then paid a stipend of $4,725 dollars...and kids like Alicia Morey often use this money for college.
If you think the National Civilian Corps may be for you, or if you just want more information you can call 843-743-2600.