AmeriCorps team completes bevy of Helena-area service projects

Nolan Lister

After nearly two months in the Helena area, a National Civilian Community Corps team moved on Sunday, leaving behind spruced up community gardens, pristine campsites and even some affordable homes.

The NCCC team, operating under the AmeriCorps umbrella, arrived in Helena April 5 and put in hours of work for Montana State Parks, Helena Area Habitat for Humanity and local community gardens.

The group of eight young people planned to ship out Sunday and will continue its 10-month public service tour in Big Fork.

Amairnay Flores is an 18-year-old from El Paso, Texas, and the team’s community relations representative. These past weeks marked her first visit to Montana.

“I like it,” Flores said, smiling in the rain-soaked Sixth Ward Community Garden Friday morning. “It’s pretty cold. A lot colder than El Paso.”

She said the overnight snowstorm did not leave too much snow in the garden.

The team pulled weeds and cleared garden plots and the large soil pile in the Sixth Ward and at the Helena Food Share community garden.

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They scraped and repainted cabins in the Wolf Creek area.

Near Salmon Lake, the team performed deforestation work,

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