Earlier this month, TwispWorks bid a fond farewell to the latest group of National Civilian Conservation Corps (NCCC) volunteers who spent six weeks in the Methow Valley assisting in a variety of construction, landscape and clean-up projects on the TwispWorks campus as well as projects for other nonprofits in the area. The NCCC is a national service program focused on improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Members commit their time to address critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, preparing for disasters, and more. Participants are typically in their late teens and early twenties and gain valuable life experience and build new skills while helping communities.
This was the 6th year members from the NCCC have committed time and energy improving and beautifying the TwispWorks campus. In addition to landscape and maintenance projects throughout campus, the team tackled the start of renovations to our West Shed – the last original building on campus needing updates to be utilized for business incubation. They removed the original 1×12 siding that was harvested and milled locally 70 years ago and repurposed the boards for a second life. They prepared the 1,500 space for a concrete floor and installed new framing for windows and doors. This fall, the West Shed will become the new home for four businesses, thereby helping to foster greater diversity in the local economy. Earlier NCCC projects included renovation work on the Bernard Hosey Founders Building, completing the expanded EQPD shop, assisting in various aspects of groundwork for the re-paving of our parking lot, and site preparation for what is now the 14,000 square foot TwispWorks Community Plaza.
Like all previous years working with NCCC, TwispWorks staff coordinated a multi-organization collaboration which increases the team members’ exposure to multiple facets of important nonprofit work happening in the Methow Valley. The organizations that have also put the young & willing hands to good work include: Classroom in Bloom, Methow Trails, The Methow Interpretive Center and Red Shed Produce. Team members have commented throughout the years how much they appreciate the diversity of projects and the warm welcome they receive.
The NCCC has been instrumental in reducing the cost and shortening the time for renovations to the TwispWorks campus, helping us to become a community hub and a center for creativity and economic vitality.