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Shepherdstown resident pledges to perform 10 months of national service

By Staff | Jan 30, 2015

New York, New York- Hilary Grabowska of Shepherdstown, is one of 96 men and women pledging to perform 10 months of national service as part of the Atlantic Region’s 21st Class of the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), an AmeriCorps program.

As a Corps Member, Grabowska will spend 10 months getting things done for America while strengthening communities and developing her leadership. Grabowska and her team will work on a variety of projects focusing on disaster response and recovery efforts. Since the beginning of her service in New York City, Grabowska has worked with the FEMA regional office in NYC, New York City Office of Emergency Management as well as the Long Island Volunteer Center for National Preparedness Month and America’s PrepareAthon!

“I discovered AmeriCorps NCCC my senior year of college when I was searching for jobs. While I knew from my last five summers working at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park that I wanted to work for the Park Service, I saw AmeriCorps NCCC as an opportunity to explore my options, expand my skill set and to serve the American people,” said Grabowska.

After her 10-month tenure, Grabowska will graduate from NCCC in April 2015 with an education award of $5,645, which can be used to continue education or pay back student loans.

“I am devoted to public service. I discovered my love of public service while working at Harpers Ferry and I saw AmeriCorps NCCC as a way to reach a different part of the population to aid them in the best way I can and it is the knowledge that my work is aiding disaster survivors that motivates me,” said Grabowska.