As reported previously (“AmeriCorps crew working at Sequoia, Lake Kaweah,” May 9, 2014), since April 1 an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps team has been working on the public lands that encompass Three Rivers. Well, the group’s two months of residency here is nearing its end and they will be packing up their campsite and heading to their next service project in another scenic locale.
The five young adults have only known each other since October 2013 when they first met at the AmeriCorps NCCC Pacific Region Campus in Sacramento to form team “Green 4.”
“We started out as complete strangers and now act as a family working and living together,” said Sabrina Hassan, team member.
The eldest person of the group, considered the rest of the team’s “uncle figure,” is team leader Maxwell Webster, 24, who hails from Cincinnati, Ohio. The rest of Green 4 includes Kelli Mantell, 22, from southeastern Pennsylvania; Sabrina Hassan, 21, who was born in Zanzibar but resides in St. Louis, Mo.; Kaleija Inniss, 18, of Brunswick, Maine; and Miyuki Fukui, 23, who was born in Japan and resides in Sunnyvale.
Their current “Round 3” project for AmeriCorps NCCC was with the National Park Service at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and the Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Kaweah. The group’s home away from home has been at Horse Creek Campground at Lake Kaweah.
Their first project — Round 1 — was building and restoring houses for low-income families in Coachella Valley; Round 2 sent them to Portland, Ore., to restore damaged watersheds. Next month, for their fourth and final project, they will travel north to Alaska to restore a youth-employed paintball field in Ketchikan.
While in the Three Rivers area, Green 4 has worked to eradicate invasive plant species in the parks and assisted with campground improvements and natural resource protection at Lake Kaweah. They also volunteered at Three Rivers Roping and the Redbud Festival and danced the night away at the Three Rivers Music Festival.
“Community members recognized us and were always extremely kind and welcoming,” reported Sabrina. “Three Rivers will have a special place in all of our hearts.”
They also found time to tour Terminus Dam at Lake Kaweah and hike to Marble Falls and amid the Big Trees of Sequoia National Park.
Interested in following the team as they travel up and down the west coast of the U.S.? Find and “like” them on Facebook: AmeriCorps NCCC Pacific Region Green 4.