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#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: 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...

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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.

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#Katrina10: St. Bernard Project 48-Hour Build Kickoff

Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) joined the St. Bernard Project today for the kickoff of its 48-Hour Build marathon  in New Orleans.  

During the build, volunteers will work six-hour rotating shifts, rebuilding 48 homes throughout New Orleans over the course of 48 continuous hours. Our CEO Wendy Spencer, AmeriCorps Director Bill Basl, and AmeriCorps NCCC Director Jose Phillips were among the national service family members attending the event.

Aug 26, 2015

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