Mobile, AL – Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, will meet with state and local officials tomorrow to discuss the national service and social sector's response to the Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill. More than a dozen of the Corporation's grantees and nonprofit organizations will join the discussion on effective ways service can help address the short-and long-term needs of those affected.
Corvington will tour the Deepwater Horizon Unified Area Command Center in Mobile, and hold a press availability to announce how national service resources will support the response. These federal resources are expected to help expand the impact of organizations currently responding to the immediate needs of families in Mobile and Baldwin counties.
The Corporation's primary focus in the wake of the disaster is to help mitigate the immediate and long-term human, economic and environmental needs through direct service and mobilization and coordination of community volunteers. The agency is working with Gulf Coast state service commissions and community organizations to expand their operational capacity and develop strategies to meet the increasing demand for social services and environmental challenges. To date, more than 5,000 volunteers and national service participants have been involved in diverse response activities ranging from monitoring coastlines, pre-landfall beach clean-up, providing safety net services, and hosting career fairs for displaced workers.
Corvington will also tour the AmeriCorps VISTA project sites that are actively engaged in the BP oil spill response.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
WHAT: Corvington tours AmeriCorps VISTA Mobile Baykeepers site.
WHEN: 2:15 p.m. CST
WHERE: AmeriCorps Vista Mobile Baykeepers
300 Dauphin Street, Suite 200
Mobile, AL 36602
WHAT: Corvington tours HandOn South Alabama
WHEN: 3:15 p.m. CST
WHERE: HandsOn South Alabama
1050 Government Street, Ste. 201
Mobile, AL 36604