(May 08, 2015) --

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. — A team from the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), an AmeriCorps program, is working with the Dauphin Island Sea Lab from March 5 to April 7. During this time, the team will be dedicated to giving the 34-acre campus an invigorating new look. Delta 5, the nine-member team from the Southern Region campus of Vicksburg, Mississippi, will focus on the existing dormitory and housing structures at Dauphin Island Sea Lab. They will be removing and replacing worn wood on the exterior of the buildings, applying a bright coat of fresh paint and completing other general maintenance work. The team will create an uplifting visual environment that reflects the level of excellence and pride demonstrated in the research and educational work conducted at the Sea Lab.

As an institution dedicated to continuing research and education spanning kindergarten through PhD level studies, the Dauphin Island Sea Lab's impact reaches not only Dauphin Island itself and the Mobile Bay area, but across the entirety of Alabama. The face-lift will give the campus a more friendly and welcoming feel, allowing it to move away from the imposing impersonal atmosphere that still lingers from the site's past as a Cold War-era air force base.

“AmeriCorps NCCC is doing a form of branding—changing what we look like to the public,” says Dr. John Dindo, Associate Director. “The NCCC team's efforts will help us get away from a militaristic institutional feel and allow us to make ourselves into a place appears welcoming and friendly to visitors.”

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab is a marine laboratory committed to the pursuit of excellence in marine research and education. The DISL runs a public aquarium, The Estuarium, which educates visitors about the importance of the marine environment. Surrounded on all sides by Mobile Bay, the Mississippi Sound and the Gulf of Mexico, the DISL is uniquely located to provide an opportunity for varied marine research endeavors.

AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, residential, national service program in which 1,200 young adults serve nationwide each year. During their 10-month term, Corps Members – all 18 to 24 years old – work on teams of eight to 12 on projects that address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. Members mentor students, construct and rehabilitate low-income housing, respond to natural disasters, clean up streams, help communities develop emergency plans, and address countless other local needs. The Southern Region campus in Vicksburg is one of five regional hubs in the United States and serves eleven states in the southeast part of the country. The other campuses are located in Denver, Colorado, Sacramento, California, Baltimore, Maryland and Vinton, Iowa.

In exchange for their service, Corps Members receive $5,730 to help pay for college, or to pay back existing student loans. Other benefits include a small living stipend, room and board, leadership development, increased self-confidence, and the knowledge that, through active citizenship, people can indeed make a difference. AmeriCorps NCCC is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency. The Corporation improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. For more information about AmeriCorps NCCC, visit the website at www.NationalService.gov

AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps Southern Region

2715 Confederate Ave., Vicksburg, MS 39180 | Phone: (601) 630-4040 | Fax: (601) 630-4071