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If you’ve been following Katrina stories the name Jack Styczysnki is probably familiar. He was featured here and is a prolific blogger while serving as a Tulane AmeriCorps VISTA.  Fortunately our state office staff had a chance to get some one on one time and ask Jack some questions to fill in some questions for us.

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Q: You mention in one profile you visited New Orleans for work and loved it. This was a big catalyst for you trying to get back after the storm. What kind of work were you doing at the time?

A: I was a news researcher at various media companies in New York, including NBC, the New York Times and People magazine.

Q: Super Cool! A bit jealous in fact. Now we also know you had a hard time getting back into New Orleans. Can you tell us about that?

A: I was originally able to help in Gulport, MS, but I had no connections to the town. I knew the initial rush to help would taper off so I waited. My second relief trip was in March 2007 which was prime alternate spring break time! From that I learned to start coming back during off peak volunteer times, usually in the fall so I could see the Saints, I’m a big fan. I kept coming back and then joined AmeriCorps VISTA in 2013.

Aug 27, 2015

If you’ve been following Katrina stories the name Jack Styczysnki is probably familiar. He was featured here and is a prolific blogger while serving as a Tulane AmeriCorps VISTA.  Fortunately our...



















#Katrina10: Mississippi First Lady, CNCS Team Help Finish Katrina Anniversary Habitat Home

Habitat for Humanity Bay-Waveland Area got an assist on the 202nd home it has completed in the area as Mississippi First Lady Deborah Bryant, Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer, AmeriCorps members, and local officials joined in the service project today in Waveland, MS. To date, Habitat has completed 54 single-family homes in the area.

Learn more on the National Service Katrina10 portal

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 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.”

Watch Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes video on YouTube

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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

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