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Campus Life

Members are assigned a room on campus and may have one or more roommates. Room assignments and bathroom facilities are not co-ed. Each campus is different and provides a unique living experience, but all campuses have kitchens, dining areas and communal spaces. 


Safety is the top priority of AmeriCorps NCCC. The program continually strives to provide safe and healthy housing for all Corps Members and Team Leaders, and to partner with sponsors who provide safe and healthy project sites.

Members are issued Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and complete training for proper tool use prior to projects.

Members also complete accident prevention training as part of the Corps Training Institute (CTI). CTI is conducted on campus during the first three weeks of the service term.

AmeriCorps NCCC members on the left during AmeriCorps pledge. On the right, AmeriCorps member with hard hat.


Issued Supplies

At the beginning of the service term, members are issued supplies to maximize utility and success throughout the program:

  • Uniform: cargo pants and shorts, short and long-sleeved shirts, hoodie, cold weather cap, coveralls, work boots, belt, winter coat, baseball cap and a red backpack for traveling. Additional uniform items may be issued.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) include but not limited to a hard hat, protective glasses and a reflective belt/vest.
  • With the exception of winter coats and coveralls, members can keep issued clothing after service term concludes.

Uniform Requirements

Being an NCCC member means looking the part—wearing the uniform is much more than putting on a T-Shirt.

The AmeriCorps NCCC Member Handbook contains detailed instructions about uniform requirements and restrictions. These policies promote the vision and professionalism of the Corps and maximize safety. Please read the uniform section of the handbook to ensure hair color, hair style, piercings and other things are in accordance with uniform policy.

Packing List

Required Documents and Information:

  • Valid, government-issued photo ID
    • Driver’s license, U.S. passport or state-issued photo ID card; must be valid through the end of the service term
  • Valid state driver’s license and a current copy of driving record (for members interested in being a van driver)
    • Records can be obtained from the department of motor vehicles in member’s home state
  • Personal checking account
    • Bi-weekly living allowance is deposited directly into member accounts. If a member does not have a bank account, he or she can sign up for one once on campus
  • Copy of current immunization record(s)
  • Copy of High School transcript (if working towards a high school diploma or GED during the service term)
    • NCCC staff can work with members to help reach these goals

Suggested Items to Bring:

  • Clothing & Footwear
    • White, grey or black long-sleeved, plain shirts to wear under uniform on cold days
    • Shoes: athletic, hiking, casual, dress (must be closed- toe and closed-heel to wear with uniform), when work boots are not required
    • Pants, jeans, shorts
    • Shirts, sweaters
    • Personal undergarments (including sports bras for females)
    • Jacket/winter coat, gloves, hat (NCCC provides a winter parka)
    • Workout clothes (up to 5 days/week in training, 3 days/week during the rest of the year)
    • Socks: athletic, casual, dress, and thick socks to wear in steel-toed work boots
    • Bathrobe and flip flops (potential for communal shower arrangements)
    • Other clothing to wear during free time
  • Other
    • Medications – Recommend bringing 3 months of prescription medication (it is the member’s responsibility to obtain prescription refills)
    • Personal toiletries – deodorant, shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, sunscreen, hair dryer, curling iron, shaving cream, razor, laundry detergent (members have access to convenient/grocery stores to purchase items as needed)
    • Eyewear – sunglasses, glasses, contacts, contact solution (contacts are not covered under the health plan)
    • Towel and washcloth
    • Shower caddy
    • Hangers
    • Water bottle (highly recommended)
    • Soft or collapsible laundry hamper
    • Cell phone with charger and/or long distance phone card
    • Writing utensils and notebook
    • Alarm clock (portable is suggested)
    • Backpack to carry items day-to-day, like water bottle and jacket
    • Lamp, flashlight or headlamp (NCCC has flashlights available, but not headlamps)
    • Bedding for use in dorm beds (twin XL beds) – sheets, blankets and pillow.  Note: NCCC will issue a sleeping bag; many members choose to use this throughout the program instead of bringing linens on projects.

Please note: A campus may request members to bring additional items, not listed.

The following items are prohibited at all of our Campuses:

  • Desktop computers (there is a computer lab with internet access)
  • Weapons (knives, guns, bb guns or any other weapon)
  • Pets (not even fish….sorry Goldie!)
  • Large electronic equipment; stereos, televisions, etc.
  • Alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs (including paraphernalia)
  • Items with a heating element (i.e. hot plates, electric blankets, microwaves, coffee pots, candles/incense and space heaters).

Additional Information

Physical Training (PT)

NCCC Members participate in regularly-scheduled, structured physical training. This is an opportunity to pursue health goals and bond as a team.

The typical workout schedule includes three 45-minute sessions per week. One or more members on each team is designated as the PT coordinator and organizes the sessions. PT sessions can include circuit workouts, calisthenics, running, and structured exercises. Policy surrounding PT may vary between campuses.

Free Time

Time not spent on the project site, in training or fulfilling other team duties is considered free time for members. This is typically less than what an individual might have at other jobs. Members are asked to be flexible when deployed to disaster or assigned to a project that requires longer hours. The campus and the Team Leader ensure members have adequate rest and free time to maintain well-being.

NCCC Disciplinary Standards

The AmeriCorps NCCC Member Handbook contains rules, policies and procedures intended to inform and ensure the safety of our Corps Members and the community organizations served. Please review prior to campus arrival.

Night Classes and Part-Time Work

NCCC is a full-time, residential program, which exceeds the responsibilities of a typical 9 to 5 job.  A project sponsor may assign additional work, members must complete additional Independent Service Project (ISP) hours, and members are required to participate in team activities, meetings and selected team role responsibilities.

Due to the high level of responsibility, a member cannot engage in any outside activity (e.g., employment, classes, or personal volunteer opportunities) that either precludes, limits, or detracts from the member serving successfully as a NCCC Team Leader or Corps Member.

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