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April 1, 2005

Camp Hollis Will Host a Team from National Civilian Community Corps this Spring

OSWEGO -- A crew from the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) will spend seven weeks at Camp Hollis this spring where they will work on a variety of projects that enhance the camp facilities and activities.

NCCC is an arm of the federal AmeriCorps program. The agency recruits young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 to commit a year to community service. NCCC teams travel to different parts of the country and work on service projects that help meet educational and other needs, protect the environment, promote public safety, and respond to natural disasters.

The 10-member team will be hosted by the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. They will live at Camp Hollis, located in the Town of Oswego, from April 17 through June 2.

"We are thrilled that we were selected to host an NCCC team," said Kathleen Fenlon, director of the youth bureau. "It was a competitive process, and we know that they will provide us with a great deal of assistance. We feel that we can provide them with a quality community service opportunity."

The crew will upgrade the trail system, help install new playground equipment, and further develop the fire circle, among other projects at Camp Hollis.

"The NCCC team will also research new activities for children at Camp Hollis, and will assist with a number of events that are being held at camp during their stay with us," said Jim Farfaglia, senior youth services specialist with the youth bureau.

The Youth Bureau is looking for opportunities for the NCCC team to participate in community activities while they are visiting Oswego.

"The Oswego YMCA has offered gym passes to the team members for the duration of their stay," said Fenlon. "The SUNY College Theatre has offered tickets for a theatrical performance. We are looking for other community organizations to help us with providing other opportunities for the NCCC members-anything with a local flavor."

Donations of tickets to community events, chances to dine at local restaurants, or invitations to speak to different community groups are encouraged.

Anyone interested in providing an opportunity to the NCCC team may call the youth bureau at 349-3451 and speak to Kathleen Fenlon or Jim Farfaglia.

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