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By: Kate Prengaman Reblog | Yakima Herald


Record-setting floodwaters have receded but the disaster continues for tens of thousands of southern Louisiana residents whose homes were inundated earlier this month. And, the corresponding need for help is overwhelming, according to federal officials and young volunteers from Central Washington who arrived this week to help out.

“The first thing I always see is front lawn covered with garbage and debris. You can actually see the water lines around the houses and know how deep it got,” said 20-year-old Yakima resident Samuel Sanchez. “When you get inside, it’s either (cleaned out) or there is lots of mold everywhere.”

Sanchez, a Davis High School grad, has been going door-to-door asking homeowners if they need help.

“People are so glad to see us,” he said, adding that while most people he has met are living with relatives whose homes were not impacted, others are stuck with no place to go but their damp, damaged homes.

His conversations are the first step toward enabling an army of young people — estimated at more than 500 from various AmeriCorps programs around the country — to help residents get back on their feet.

Leaders from the Washington Conservation Corps (WCC), the natural resource and disaster response focused branch of AmeriCorps in the state, were the first to arrive last weekend to organize program efforts.

The WCC has a long history of responding to disasters including wildfires, hurricanes, tornados, and floods. This year alone, 61 WCC members responded to flooding in St. Louis this winter and two crews spent July in West Virgina running logistics to help local and visiting volunteers address devastating flooding that killed 24 people.

In Louisiana, the crews will be collecting work orders from residents, coordinating food, lodging, and supplies for other volunteer groups, and helping to clean out flood-damaged homes, said Laura Schlabach, WCC outreach coordinator.

By: Kate Prengaman Reblog | Yakima Herald

Record-setting floodwaters have receded but the disaster continues for tens of thousands of southern Louisiana residents whose homes were inundated...

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 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.


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.

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.  

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