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Locals lend a hand through Americorps

Philbrook said her only regret is that she didn't enroll sooner, and that the program has helped her realize what she wants to do after she finishes her final two years of school.

"I wish I had done it straight out of high school," she said. "I didn't know what I wanted to do...I wasted time and college credits...If you're not sure and you don't have that direct path in mind, I think it's a great experience for anyone who's not sure."

Philbrook, Gilchrist and the rest of the NCCC team will soon be moving their sites to the St. Bernard Parish of New Orleans, which was largely destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, in order to supervise and help volunteers doing construction and rebuilding work.

Visit www.americorps.gov for more information on AmeriCorps and to volunteer.""

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