AmeriCorps workers assist local youth focused nonprofit

A team of seven young adults from all over the country have been working with Sandy’s AntFarm since the beginning of June.

Slated to volunteer their time for six weeks through the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, the team is nearing the end of its time here in Sandy. The volunteers will leave next week.

The team, known as Green 7, is based out of Sacramento, Calif. The members have been serving alongside youth and community volunteers on projects such as the community garden, the recycling program and farmers’ markets.

“We are really excited to be working with such an inspirational organization,” said Wendy Thomas, team leader for Green 7. “I know that the team can bring a lot of energy, enthusiasm and ideas to this project and that this will be a great capstone for our year of service.”

Their work in Sandy with AntFarm is the last of Green 7’s four service trips in the western United States. It began with two projects in Southern California, working at a state park and doing environmental restoration, followed by a stop in Wyoming to work with Habitat for Humanity.

“The blending of youth and community development with sustainability and environmental concerns is the perfect final project for this team, especially since a few of the members are heavily interested in both areas,” Project Outreach Liaison Lindsey Shaffer said.

Shaffer said Green 7 has looked forward to working with, learning about and becoming part of the Sandy community. The team spent a day hiking to Mirror Lake.

The team mostly has been working in AntFarm’s 1.5-acre community garden.

“We’ve done so much planting and weeding that it has completely transformed from how it looked when we got here,” she said.

The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps engages 2,800 young Americans every year in a full-time, 10-month commitment.

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