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AmeriCorps group comes from Ft. Stanton to lend helping hand to Historical Society

Members of an AmeriCorps-National Civilian Community Corps unit stationed in Fort Stanton, New Mexico, take a break Saturday morning from their work on a local project. From left are Dave Buenneke, James Harrison, Austin Veseliza, Samantha Lawrence, Daria Hammond, Laura Valeri, Kindra Yosse and Quinn Brummell. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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Some men and women from around the United States spent Memorial Day weekend serving their country and the Roswell community through their hard work.

Nine members of an 11-member unit of AmeriCorps-National Civilian Community Corps volunteers currently living in Fort Stanton, New Mexico, came to Roswell for the day to help the Historical Society of Southeast New Mexico clean up and organize its storage sheds and garages.

Corps member Dave Buenneke said that the group regularly works with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the Fort Stanton State Monument and Carrizozo and Hondo schools, but that the group also takes on independent service jobs.

He said he called various Roswell community organizations searching for one that might need help, when he came across the Historical Society and its need for volunteers for its clean-up project.

Roswell resident Elaine Mayfield, a Historical Society past-president, said the nonprofit often has to organize its storage areas and that it appreciated the help of the AmeriCorps members in the heavy lifting of chairs, tables and other items.

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Young adults, 18 to 24, who work for AmeriCorps are on 10-month assignments to provide help to national and local organizations and projects. The unit now stationed at Fort Stanton is part of the Denver region of AmeriCorps, which has about 300 members.

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