Blight elimination is goal of Americorps members in Mid-Michigan

Published: May. 24, 2017 at 6:08 PM EDT
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(5/24/17) - A team of workers has arrived in Flint and will be helping with everything from blight elimination to mentoring students with math problems.

A house was an eyesore with tall grass, trash and broken windows.

Now the grass has been mowed, the trash taken care of and the house boarded up, all thanks to Americorps.

"Americorps is actually a perfect opportunity for people who want to be able to travel the country and see where they live and also be able to help communities while they do it," said Kaitlyn Blentlinger, an Americorps member.

About 120 Americorps members in Flint and the Tri-Cities are helping in a number of blight elimination projects. Over a ten month period they will go to four locations around country, offering their assistance.

"I just like that I'm helping people in the community and I'm doing something good. My life was kind of bland and I wasn't really doing a lot for others," said Katie Miner, an Americorps member.

For their hard work these young people will earn $5,000 toward their college education. The Americorps members have been impressed with the people they have met in Flint.

The Americorps members will be here till the end of June. Then they'll offer their help to another community that needs a helping hand.

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