National Service CEO to Survey Joplin Recovery Efforts

May 18, 2012

Wendy Spencer Will Tour AmeriCorps Projects, Thank Volunteers on One-Year Anniversary

JOPLIN, Mo. — Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), will travel to Joplin, MO to mark the one-year anniversary of the May 22 tornado and recognize recovery efforts of a community helped back on its feet by volunteers and national service.

Spencer will meet with AmeriCorps members and organizations that have been critical to the rebuilding of the city and will visit with Joplin residents that have received services from these AmeriCorps programs. Spencer will also join in community events planned by the City of Joplin to express support for a resilient community that has touched the nation with its historic year of recovery.

Since the first team of AmeriCorps members arrived in Joplin just hours after the tornado struck, more than 350 AmeriCorps members from across the country have traveled to Joplin, providing vital services and coordinating more than 75,000 volunteers. One year later, more than two dozen AmeriCorps members are still serving.

Below is the schedule of events. All events are open press.

Monday May 21, 2012

Tour of AmeriCorps Worksite

WHAT: CNCS CEO Wendy Spencer will tour the home of an elderly couple that was significantly damaged by the tornado and has been rebuilt at the hands of AmeriCorps members and skilled-volunteers from the community.

WHEN: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: 2615 W. 32nd Street, Joplin, MO 64804


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tour of AmeriCorps Worksite

WHAT: Spencer will visit a current worksite of Rebuild Joplin and the St. Bernard Project, a damaged home being restored for a Joplin resident by AmeriCorps NCCC members and additional community volunteers.

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: 2206 Kentucky Street, Joplin, MO 64801


Roundtable Discussion with Joplin AmeriCorps Members

WHAT: Spencer will meet with more than two dozen AmeriCorps members that have been serving in Joplin for a roundtable discussion on disaster response and recovery work.

WHEN: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: AmeriCorps Recovery Center, 520 School Ave, Joplin, MO 64801


Walk of Unity

WHAT: Spencer will participate in the Joplin Walk of Unity, an event coordinated by the City of Joplin to mark the one year anniversary of the May 22 tornado. For details on location and time, please visit

WHEN: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: 20thStreet and Duquesne Road, Joplin, MO


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