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By Wendy Spencer

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My visit to Waveland, Mississippi, this week brought back one of the most searing images of destruction I have seen in my nearly two decades of working in the disaster response and volunteer management field.

Ten years ago, I was serving as the CEO of the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service in Florida, and our team had come to Mississippi as part of the multi-state response to help the Gulf Coast rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.

When we arrived, a local official from Waveland led us on a tour of what the hurricane had left behind. As we surveyed what appeared to be an open space, he asked us what we thought it used to be. There was just one small structure standing, so some of us guessed it must have been a park or maybe a baseball field. It was just so open, so desolate.

He turned to us and said, “That used to be our downtown.”

That one structure we saw in this open field was a bank vault, the only remaining piece of what had been this community’s commercial nerve center. Small businesses, grocery stores, doctors’ offices—all had literally been erased.

We gasped—and tears ran down the faces of the group as we absorbed just how much the people of this community had lost.

The situation in Waveland is what inspired us and other volunteers from across the country to stream to Mississippi. In fact, more than 1 million volunteers served across the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina in the largest volunteer response to a natural disaster in American history.

But when they arrived, these volunteers needed direction.  They needed guidance.  And they needed leadership.

Aug 29, 2015

By Wendy Spencer

My visit to Waveland, Mississippi, this week brought back one of the most searing images of destruction I have seen in my nearly two decades of working in the disaster...

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St. Bernard Project, CNCS join the block party celebrating the NOLA resident’s return to her community 

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Today, the St. Bernard Project (SBP), Corporation for National and Community Service, and other participants in the SBP 48-Hour Build welcomed Mrs. Francitta Clemons to her newly rebuilt home with a block party. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro was on hand for the festivities.

CNCS is thrilled play a role in helping Mrs. Clemons return to her home for the first time in a decade. Our partners at the St. Bernard Project also completed two other homes on that block. That’s certainly a good cause for a celebration!

Aug 28, 2015
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Welcome Home Block Party for Mrs. Francitta Clemons

On Friday, August 28th our team is welcoming home Mrs. Francitta’s. This is a significant day considering it is on the 10 year anniversary of when Hurricane Katrina made landfall.

We are thrilled to be able to welcome her to her newly rebuilt home for the first time in 10 long years. The St. Bernard Project has also recently completed 2 other homes on this block. Quite a celebration!

Aug 28, 2015


#Katrina10 Stories of Service: AmeriCorps NCCC Alumna Kelsey Blum

AmeriCorps NCCC​ alumna Kelsey Blum talks about her service in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, and the lessons she’s learned about preparedness and making sense out of chaos.

Learn more about National Service on our ‪#‎Katrina10 portal

Aug 28, 2015

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