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By Catherine Frondorf

AmeriCorps members take a moment for a photo during one of their muck and gut operations in Texas.

On May 26, we arrived in San Marcos, Texas, deployed in response to the Memorial Day flood of the Blanco River. The clouds were an ominous gray and it was hot and humid. The low rumble of thunder was off in the distance and shortly thereafter the rain began; perhaps this was a symbol of what lay ahead, as we were to witness both the hardship and beauty that emerges from the heart of a disaster. 

Despite taking FEMA classes to prep us in the event of a disaster, nothing in the classroom can quite brace you for the real thing.

In the first few days of our Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) opening, people came in droves, both announced and unannounced. This was both a blessing and a curse as we lacked resources in the midst of developing a system of organization – indeed; it was organized chaos at its finest. But with the help of local volunteers and active community members, we were able to get everything we needed.  

The local Home Depot and Walmart delivered a multitude of tools and supplies. Red Cross gave us enough food, water, and energy drinks for a small army; and local restaurants dispatched coffee in the morning (a crucial necessity) as well as breakfast tacos, donuts, sandwiches, cookies and cakes, fruit, all with little advanced notice. Within the VRC, we had some incredible volunteers whose connections to the community were invaluable to our success; they became fast friends who we will never forget. 

Sep 1, 2015

By Catherine Frondorf

On May 26, we arrived in San Marcos, Texas, deployed in response to the Memorial Day flood of the Blanco River. The clouds were an ominous gray and it was hot and humid...

AmeriCorps VISTA Serving Eastern Kentucky through Education and Technology

On August 31, Wendy Spencer visited Leslie County High School in Eastern Kentucky. She will meet with Dreama Gentry, Executive Director at Partners for Education at Berea College; Robert Roark, Principle, and 15 AmeriCorps members. Wendy, alongside AmeriCorps members, attended Senator Mitch McConnell’s ‘Washington Update’, hosted by Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Programs, Inc and the Kentucky Career Center JobSight in Hazard, KY. 

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 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

By CNCS Staff


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

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