Disaster Response and Recovery

  • Posted on Jul 12, 2011
    It's been seven weeks since we arrived in Joplin to set up disaster relief efforts, and yet we still see new faces and register new volunteers. Last week, we were introduced to a few of the volunteers from across the country, and asked them what inspires them to join us.
  • Posted on Jul 8, 2011
    Volunteers motivate and inspire us. In the weeks following the tornado that destroyed much of Joplin, MO, we've received an outpouring of volunteers from various states and countries.
  • Posted on Jul 7, 2011
  • Posted on Jul 1, 2011
  • Posted on Jun 28, 2011
    This post originally appeared on the USDA blog on June 27, 2011.
  • Posted on Jun 27, 2011
  • Posted on Jun 23, 2011
    No matter where disaster strikes, National Service is there. Our AmeriCorps members have been on the ground in Joplin since the F5 tornado touched down on May 22nd. More than 200 national service members have been engaged in the response and recovery activities including setting up and managing a Volunteer Reception Center, receiving and distributing donations, directing volunteers, and coordinating with FEMA and state agencies.
  • Posted on Jun 22, 2011
  • Posted on Jun 21, 2011
    AmeriCorps members come from all walks of life. They could be fresh out of high school or college, or perhaps they are returning veterans, stay-at-home moms, or retired individuals. The members of AmeriCorps Hoopa Tribal Civilian Community Corps (Hoopa TCCC) have their own unique perspective – they are all from Native American communities. Based on the largest reservation in the state with the largest Native American population, the California program operates a 10 month program for youth ages 18-24.
  • Posted on Jun 20, 2011
    Pulling up to the home of Joplin resident Linda Smith, Kari Shields, an AmeriCorps NCCC member with the Southern region, was overcome with emotion. Shield’s team had already visited homes affected by the tornado that day, but they had only needed minor support such as tarps installed on roofs. Smith’s home, however, was destroyed.


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