National Service in the News: Hurricane Sandy Update 11/15/12

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The work continues on the Hurricane Sandy recovery front in New York, New Jersey, and across the Northeast as approximately 1,200 national service members have been deployed in response to the storm. Read on to see some of the stories about service and volunteerism in the superstorm's wake.

If you are looking for ways to help with the relief effort, visit our Hurricane Sandy Reponse page.

A line of FEMA Corps members help unload supply trucks in Far Rockaway, NY. (Corporation for National and Community Service photo)

Storm Cleanup Efforts Underway; Volunteers, Donations Sought
Providence Journal (Rhode Island), November 14, 2012
Teams of volunteers with Serve Rhode Island will descend upon the shores of Conimicut in Warwick Wednesday to remove debris left by Superstorm Sandy. Thursday and Friday AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps will clean up storm debris in Westerly, Serve Rhode Island Executive Director Bernie Beaudreau said.

Kids Aid Sandy Victims
KULR 8 (Montana), November 14, 2012
That got Silas thinking, and on Wednesday, he and his classmates at Billings' Head Start packed boxes of mittens and hats for kids in Head Start schools on the east coast. …Throughout Wednesday afternoon, the class packed five boxes for their Head Start classmates on the other side of the country. The warm gift comes as winter begins to embrace the region. The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) made the 300 mittens and hats.

Silicon Valley Volunteers Travel Across Country with Red Cross on Superstorm Sandy Mission
Mercury News (California), November 13, 2012
She rarely leaves the office but sometimes an encouraging word filters back to the 25-year-old AmeriCorps volunteer working with the Silicon Valley chapter of the American Red Cross. "One driver came back from the Boys and Girls Club in Jersey City with 10 drawings by little kids, thanking us for food and water," said Claudia Piacente, who currently lives in San Jose and works as a disaster preparedness instructor. "Mostly lopsided drawings of red crosses, asymmetrical emergency response vehicles, drawings of chicken pies and the food we gave them. ... It makes you say, 'I am making an impact, I am helping.'"

FEMA Volunteers Visit Staten Island's Eltingville Neighborhood
Staten Island Advance (New York), November 12, 2012
Also helping in the New York area are 216 members of FEMA Corps, people ages 18-24 who are assigned to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery activities, providing support in areas ranging from working directly with disaster survivors to supporting disaster recovery centers to sharing valuable disaster preparedness and mitigation information with the public.

AmeriCorps Volunteers Leave the Woods and Fill the City's Shelters
WNYC (New York), November 12, 2012
AmeriCorps volunteers who are staffing the city's evacuation shelters say they're getting used to living in the big city. Tasks like keeping watch and making sure evacuees don't wander off are a far cry from more typical AmeriCorps jobs that involve outdoor work.

Sandy Victims to Get Helping Hand from Southwest Conservation Corps
The Durango Herald (Colorado), November 9, 2012
Southwest Conservation Corps crew of eight from Durango left Friday for New York City to be part of the Hurricane Sandy relief effort. It's through an AmeriCorps program.

Veterans Volunteer for One More Mission: Hurricane Sandy Response Team Takes Leave from Stemming Arizona Fires to Aid Jersey Shore
Post Star News (New York), October 29, 2012
The team members, whose previous tours have included Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo, arrived in New Jersey this week from Arizona, where they were serving in the Student Conservation Association (SCA) Veterans Fire Corps, a program that helps recent-era vets transition to civilian life and prepares them for careers in conservation. Their recent training in chain saw operation and wildland firefighting made them perfectly suited for the mission at hand.

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