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We are the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that helps more than 5 million Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service. Working hand in hand with local partners, we tap the ingenuity and can-do spirit of the American people to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing our nation.

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#Katrina10 Stories of Service: Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps Alum Chris Monforton

AmeriCorps alum Chris Monforton served on one of the first assessment teams for Habitat for Humanity around the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. Watch to hear his memories of service and the gratitude he expresses for the volunteers on the 10th anniversary of the storm.

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Aug 27, 2015
#Katrina10 Stories of Service: Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps Alum Chris Monforton

AmeriCorps alum Chris Monforton served on one of the first assessment teams for Habitat for Humanity around the...

#Katrina10: Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes Discusses National Service and the Katrina Recovery

The city of Gulfport was one the Mississippi towns that bore the brunt of a heavy hit from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In the video above, Mayor Billy Hewes talks about the role national service played in the community’s recovery after the storm. Here’s part of what Mayor Hewes said:

“AmeriCorps was key because it was so well organized and came down and they were there consistently. And they were kind of the fabric that when folks would come or groups would come and go, you always had the continuity of the volunteers through AmeriCorps that really kind of came and gave stability to an unstable situation. …

“So just having folks there to listen to you, to do things physically, to just help us move forward and move ahead made the difference, and certainly AmeriCorps was a critical component of that.”

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Aug 27, 2015

#Katrina10: AmeriCorps NCCC Members Join Project Homecoming Build in NOLA

Today, nine AmeriCorps NCCC members joined volunteers with Project Homecoming to work on a home in the New Orleans East neighborhood. Project Homecoming helps New Orleans families whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Katrina and works with families who are hoping to become homeowners by building brand new homes on abandoned or blighted properties. The group also works to improve community spaces, such as local gardens, and provides workforce training.

Aug 26, 2015

When I arrived in New Orleans as a Red Cross volunteer shortly after Hurricane Katrina, there were gray shirts and khaki pants everywhere. And the people wearing them were the ones #gettingthingsdone.

Faced with apathy, they took action.
Faced with conflict, they sought common ground.
Faced with adversity, they persevered.

Everyone seemed to take for granted that this was just what AmeriCorps members did. Fill in gaps. Pick up slack.  Stay up all night loading trucks because it had to get done and there was no one else to do it.

I had dropped out of college in the beginning of that year, so it felt easy and a little adventurous to make the choice to spontaneously volunteer and do what I could. Whatever I was supposed to do afterward, I wanted to carry the same commitment that the AmeriCorps members did.

That’s how a three-week Red Cross deployment became a lifelong calling to make our communities safer, smarter and healthier. Since then, I’ve been an AmeriCorps NCCC member and a construction supervisor with Habitat for Humanity. I’ve had the privilege of working with countless Corps members, and am humbled by what they’ve gone on to accomplish. After earning my degree at Tulane University, Teach for America (an AmeriCorps program) in Colorado gave me the next opportunity to serve.

Aug 26, 2015

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