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CNCS commemorates 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina around Gulf Coast

The Gulf Coast has come a long way since August 2005. Last week, the Corporation for National and Community Service joined the commemoration Hurricane Katrina and 10 years of hard work, community resilience, and the service and innovation that continues to support an even stronger and healthier Gulf Coast. 

View our Katrina 10 Storify recap to relive some of the scenes from a week of service.

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Sep 1, 2015

CNCS commemorates 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina around Gulf Coast

The Gulf Coast has come a long way since August 2005. Last week, the Corporation for National and Community...

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Victor York-Carter gets salute from President Obama in speech

When President Obama visited New Orleans for the Hurricane Katrina commemoration, he told stories of how the resilient people of the Gulf Coast rebuilt after the storm.  The President then challenged the nation and city to “stay focused on a common purpose to leave behind a city and a nation that’s worthy of generations to come.” Louisiana Delta Service Corps AmeriCorps member Victor York-Carter is certain to be one of the people leading the way.

Victor was 13 and a gifted student living in New Orleans 8th Ward when Katrina when struck the city. He endured a real-life disaster movie, as he and his family waded across the city with his younger brother in tow in a trash can to keep him afloat.

They were evacuated to Texas before returning to NOLA six months later – but, obviously, his city was a much different place. Victor saw his peers struggling to cope and still traumatized by the disaster they had lived through.

Reading a list of Victor’s accomplishments will make it clear why he was selected to be recognized by the President. Victor has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than eight years as a student, activist, advocate, and educator, and continues to contribute to the recovery of Louisiana 10 years after Hurricane Katrina.

“But the thing is, the people of New Orleans, there’s something in you guys that is just irrepressible.  You guys have a way of making a way out of no way.  You know the sun comes out after every storm,” said President Obama. “You’ve got hope – especially your young people reflect hope – young people like Victor York-Carter.” 

Sep 1, 2015

By Kelly DeGraff

If an emergency occurred next week, tomorrow, or even this afternoon, Would you be ready?

“Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”

September is National Preparedness Month, a time to prepare yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters, both large scale and smaller local events.  At the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and in the Disaster Services Unit we are encouraging everyone to take part, make a plan and know what to do during an emergency.

AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers are helping communities across the nation prepare for emergencies.  CNCS in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation and Cities of Service, announced the creation of the first-ever Resilience AmeriCorps. This  two-year pilot program will recruit, train, and embed AmeriCorps VISTA members in ten communities across the country to increase civic engagement and community resilience in low-income areas, and help those communities develop plans for becoming more resilient to any number of shocks and stresses, including better preparations for extreme weather events. 

Aug 31, 2015

By Habitat for Humanity of Wake County Olachi Anaemereibe (third from right, wearing a gray T-shirt and blue bandanna) with AmeriCorps members from across the U.S., in New Orleans in May 2015.

Ten years ago Olachi Anaemereibe sat in front of her TV, with tears in her eyes as she watched news reports depicting the incredible devastation that was unfolding in New Orleans as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Hers were tears of compassion and frustration, and she felt there was very little she could do to help.

But today she has a different story to tell, as she recently had an opportunity to lend a hand in helping rebuild a city that she says refuses to be held down by adversity. Even now, according to Olachi, there are places where homes are still just as devastated as they were immediately after the hurricane.

“When you meet the people of New Orleans you can tell that they have been through a real crisis – there’s definitely a feeling that something really major has happened,” says Olachi. She adds, however, that it’s also clear to her that New Orleans residents have a uniquely irrepressible spirit.  “They have a love of life and a love of their neighbors and community that ties them together.  You can be sure that even if something knocks them down, they’re going to get back up and keep going.”

The construction work in New Orleans was intense, with teams working from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. By mid-day the volunteers often found it difficult to deal with the intense heat, even thought it was only late May.

Aug 31, 2015

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