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Shrewsbury grads serve in NCCC.

SHREWSBURY - Erica Ferreira and Julia Dobner-Pereira of Shrewsbury recently began a 10-month term of service in the National Civilian Community Corps, an AmeriCorps program. Ms. Ferreira, based out of AmeriCorps' regional campus in Denver, and Ms. Dobner-Pereira, based out of Sacramento, Calif., were formally inducted into the program on Nov. 8.

As Corps members, they will be responsible for completing a series of six- to eight-week-long service projects as part of a 10- to 12-person team. Their first service projects will end in mid-December, at which time the teams will break for the winter holidays and begin a new project in a new location in January.

Ms. Ferreira, a graduate of Shrewsbury High School, attended Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she studied studio for interrelated media. She is the daughter of Lisa Ferreira and Roy Ferreira.

"I want a change in perspective and to engage in an entirely new lifestyle where my time is dedicated to helping others. I know that Americorps NCCC will fulfill my desire to travel and live differently, but more importantly, I want to gain new insight from other people's lives that are not as fortunate as mine. I hope to learn from this experience and the people I meet so that I can decide how I want to become more involved with the community and impact people's lives in a positive way," she said.

Ms. Dobner-Pereira, a graduate of Shrewsbury High School, attended Smith College, where she studied theater and psychology. Ms. Dobner-Pereira is the daughter of Andrea Pereira and Paul Dobner of Shrewsbury.

"I chose to do a term of service in order to promote positive community growth and development with a group of engaged and active young people," she said.

AmeriCorps NCCC is a residential national service program that supports disaster relief, the environment, infrastructure improvement, energy conservation, and urban and rural development.

AmeriCorps NCCC members, all 18 to 24 years old, complete at least 1,700 hours of service during the 10-month program. In exchange for their service, they receive $5,550 to help pay for college.
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Date:Nov 30, 2012
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