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Alumna Completes National Service Program

Alumna Completes National Service Program

They responded to Hurricane Sandy, fought fires, provided relief to disaster-devastated communities, mentored disadvantaged youth, coordinated thousands of volunteers, and developed into our nation’s future leaders.  AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) graduated 479 members this July who completed over half a million hours of service and over 275 projects, including 78 disaster serves projects.  One local individual was part of this effort and completed 11 months of full-time service to communities in need:  Kimberly Scarabello of Blue Island, Ill. 

Scarabello, who arrived at NCCC’s Pacific Region Campus in Sacramento, Calif. on September 5, 2012 to begin her term of service, graduated from the program on July 23, 2013. 

Scarabello led a team of about 10 corps members who completed a series of six- to eight-week-long projects in different communities across the country.  NCCC projects support disaster relief, the environment, energy conservation, infrastructure improvement, and urban and rural development. 

Among their many projects, some teams in the graduating classes were called upon to respond to Hurricane Sandy, tornados in Moore, Okla., and wildfires in Colorado and California.  AmeriCorps NCCC certifies 100 percent of its members in disaster relief, and has responded to national disasters since the program began in 1994. 

There are four other NCCC campuses located in Denver, Colo., Perry Point, Md., Vicksburg, Miss., and Vinton, Iowa, each of which is a hub for its respective area of the country, though teams will travel to other regions for disaster relief projects.

Before joining NCCC, Scarabello attended Mother McAuley High School and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studied News and Editorial Journalism. She is the daughter of Liane Talkington and Garry Scarabello.  



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