Nashua, Milford residents serve in AmeriCorps

David Schwartz, of Nashua, and Samantha Minshull, of Milford, recently began 10-month terms of service in the National Civilian Community Corps, an AmeriCorps program.

Schwartz, based out of the AmeriCorps NCCC regional campus in Sacramento, Calif., and Minshull, based out of the regional campus in Denver, began their first projects in November.

AmeriCorps NCCC, founded in 1994, is a residential national service program that supports disaster relief, the environment, infrastructure improvement, energy conservation and urban and rural development. During the past 20 years, 820,000 Americans have served more than one billion hours in AmeriCorps programs.

Schwartz and Minshull will be responsible for completing a series of six- to eight-week service projects as part of a 10- to 12-person team. Their first service projects will end Dec. 19.

Projects include providing services to homeless clients at Sacramento Loaves and Fishes, completing environmental restoration projects in Death Valley National Park, supporting a nature reserve in Missouri and helping with flood recovery in northern Colorado.

Before joining the NCCC, Minshull attended Milford High School and Widener University, where she studied history. She is the daughter of Rick and Rene Minshull.

Before joining the NCCC, Schwartz attended Nashua High School North.

“I have always found joy in helping others, whether that be doing a favor for a friend or aiding a complete stranger whose car has broken down on the side of the road,” Schwartz said. “I do my best to be on the lookout for my next opportunity to be a positive impact on my community, but I have never thought to go seek the opportunity. AmeriCorps NCCC has given me that chance to step up and take my community service to a much larger scale.”

Schwartz is the son of Robert and Elaine Schwartz.

In exchange for their service, NCCC participants receive $5,550 to help pay for college. For information, visit www.americorps.gov/nccc.