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Over the last two weeks, all of us have watched the devastation caused by floods in Louisiana.

I am proud of the more than 640 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers who are already part of the relief effort. We are grateful for the quick response from our colleagues at Volunteer Louisiana, as well as grantees from across the state and around the country.

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Please read the below details because all of us will play a role in executing this deployment and showing the country why, especially when it comes to disaster relief and recovery, they can count on us!

We have secured a major $4.5 million Mission Assignment from FEMA and the State of Louisiana.  Experienced  AmeriCorps Disaster Leaders from Washington Conservation Corps, AmeriCorps St. Louis ERT, and Montana Conservation Corps have established an incident command and operations center.  In just a week we will have deployed 296 total AmeriCorps members, including AmeriCorps NCCC teams and members from at least eight programs from across the country.

This deployment is on par with our response in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina more than 10 years ago.  That was a major moment for national service, as elected leaders at all levels, the media, corporate supporters, and more witnessed the value of national service.  It is also a primary reason we have such a robust, multi-faceted disaster services program that has coordinated the deployment of thousands of Senior Corps and AmeriCorps members over the last decade.  And we pride ourselves on staying in communities for the long-term recovery until the community is whole again—long after the TV cameras have left.

By: Wendy Spencer

Over the last two weeks, all of us have watched the devastation caused by floods in Louisiana.

I am proud of the more than 640 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps...

By Aaron Bigler Lefebvre, AmeriCorps VISTA member

AmeriCorps VISTA member, Aaron Bigler Lefebvre

When attending Pre-Service Orientation (PSO), members in the AmeriCorps VISTA program learn about poverty. They learn about situational poverty, about generational poverty, about urban and rural poverty, and so forth. During this training, facilitators ask their groups to form a circle to discuss what poverty means to them. They’re asked: what does poverty look like to you?

The answers would no doubt surprise you, and would undoubtedly provoke the conscience to consider unknown situations. As a new AmeriCorps VISTA, when I was asked this question of what poverty looks like, the realization arrived that it was the situation in which I’d been living, though it might not look like the poverty you’re picturing.

They’re asked: what does poverty look like to you?

The answers would no doubt surprise you.

I have a low-vision blindness disability that I developed at the age of 19. I’m a white, middle-class male. A Boy Scout who has always done well in school. Well enough even to earn two English degrees while adapting to a newly acquired low-vision disability.  

After graduating from Rutgers University in Camden, NJ with an MFA in Creative Writing, I began a job search. I searched. I searched some more. I had many interviews. Some, I was unqualified for, while others, I was more than qualified for. On occasion, I was dismissed because I had to disclose my disability. Yes, it’s illegal, but you know what? They gave me the run-around anyway. Why? Because like with many people who experience poverty on one level or another, I didn’t have the resources to do anything about it.  

By Kelly DeGraff, Senior Advisor for Disaster Services at CNCS

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Across the country, communities are actively experiencing extreme heat conditions. This week, the National Weather Service announced that “dangerously hot and humid conditions are expected this week across a large portion of the nation.” Many of the communities supported by AmeriCorps and Senior Corps are part of the most vulnerable populations, especially the elderly and children, who need the most assistance in times of adverse weather. Programs like Resilience AmeriCorps VISTA members in Phoenix, AZ and El Paso, TX are actively working to make those communities more resilient against the extremely high temperatures that threaten the cities.  And now we need your help! We hope that you will be ambassadors and help bring awareness, education, and action to your communities and families.

What can you do?

To help Americans stay safe during extreme heat,FEMA urges residents to consider taking the following actions in affected areas:

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