Thomas Dutcher of Bristol, Connecticut, is one of 177 men and women pledging to perform 10 months of national service as part of the Southern Region’s 20th Class of the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), as a member of FEMA Corps.
Dutcher graduated from the University of New Haven in January 2014 with a Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice: Investigative Services as well as with a minor in Fire Science.
As a corps member, Dutcher will spend 10 months getting things done for America while strengthening communities and developing his leadership. Dutcher and his team will serve with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the administration of emergency management and long term recovery activities. Dutcher is also the Project Outr each Liaison for his team, Coast 1. This position allows Dutcher to set up any and all volunteer opportunities for the team in the community they are working in. So far Dutcher has scheduled and gotten his whole team trained and registered to help with Blood Drives through the American Red Cross Association.
“The emphasis that the University of New Haven places on experiential education and service learning inspired me to devote 10 months of my life to serving communities across the United States, with AmeriCorps NCCC. I am developing a stronger sense of what it means to practice servant leadership by putting it in action and by g etting things done for America,” said Dutcher when asked how his time at UNH greatly influenced his decision to join AmeriCorps.
After his 10 month stint, Dutcher will graduate on November 21, 2014 with an education award of $5,645, which can be used to continue education or pay back student loans.
“What motivates me to serve my community is the potential to be involved in something that can benefit a large number of people for generations to come,” said Dutcher.
This story was submitted by Jessica Walton of the National Civilian Community Corps.
The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and its FEMA Corps units engage 2,800 young Americans in a full - time, 10 - month commitment to service each year. AmeriCorps NCCC members address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, and urban and rural development; FEMA Corps members are solely dedicated to disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery work. The programs are administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS is the federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.