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Mingo National Wildlife Refuge Building Gets Facelift Through Mingo Job Corps Partnership
Midwest Region, September 21, 2011
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Deteriorating carpentry shop building before Job Corps project.
Deteriorating carpentry shop building before Job Corps project. - Photo Credit: USFWS photo.
Carpentry shop building after painting was completed.
Carpentry shop building after painting was completed. - Photo Credit: Photo by Ben Mense/USFWS.
Job Corps instructor and student painting shop door.
Job Corps instructor and student painting shop door. - Photo Credit: Photo by Lindsey Landowski/USFWS.

Mingo National Wildlife Refuge staff continuously look for partners and volunteers to assist with projects on the Refuge. One of the Refuge's most reliable partners is the Mingo Job Corps. Mingo NWR works with the Job Corps on a variety of projects every year, including trail maintenance, environmental education events, small construction projects and various other jobs.

 

Mingo Refuge has several buildings built in the 1970s that are showing signs of deterioration. The carpentry shop was one of the worst and had numerous problems including; chipping and peeling paint, a rusty metal roof which leaked water and shop doors with faded and peeling paint. Refuge Manager Ben Mense, made rehabilitating this building a priority during 2011. The Job Corps painting program was contacted to take on this project and the rest is history. The Refuge purchased the materials and the Job Corps painted the entire building and fixed the leaking roof.

These projects are a win-win for both the Refuge and the Job Corps. The Refuge gets work done for the price of materials while the young adults get real world training they need to succeed in life. The Mingo Job Corps was administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service until 2003. Currently, the facility is managed by the U.S. Forest Service and provides a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma and find employment.


Contact Info: Ben Mense, 573-222-3589 Ext. 13, ben_mense@fws.gov



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