FEMA Corps

FEMA Corps: Making a Difference When it Matters Most

Just two years ago FEMA and the Corporation for National and Community Service’s AmeriCorps NCCC program launched a unique program called FEMA Corps. FEMA Corps provides Americans, age 18-24, with an opportunity to help people recover from disasters. When disaster strikes, FEMA Corps members are on the ground, working hand-in-hand with FEMA to coordinate disaster response.

Thank You, Sandy Volunteers

It’s nearly impossible to find a silver lining in events like Hurricane Sandy. But the outpouring of volunteers from the affected communities and around the country who pulled together after the storm to do anything from running shelters, to feeding the displaced, to mucking and gutting homes revealed the heart of a caring nation.

FEMA Corps First Year Shaped by Sandy

"In the month and a half my team was in New York, the progress I witnessed was absolutely incredible. Although we all were frequently exhausted by the various assignments we had been given each day, it truly makes it all worth it when you can step back and realize that you've played even a small part in such a huge recovery effort.” – FEMA Corps member Elizabeth McSherry.

National Service and the Hurricane Sandy Recovery

Two AmeriCorps NCCC alumni volunteering through NECHAMA empty a trash can filled with water-damaged debris while serving at a home in Atlantic City, NJ. (Corporation for National and Community Service photo)

AmeriCorps: Capturing a Renewable Resource for Good

Is it possible to effectively harness youthful enthusiasm and idealism and turn it into it a renewable resource for good? We think so. Twenty years ago, President Clinton signed a bill that created AmeriCorps and gave our country a new outlet for national service that did just that.

FEMA Corps members assisting with disaster clean-up.So the people of Moore should know that their country will remain on the ground, there for them, beside them as long as it takes…And what they can be certain of is that Americans from every corner of this country will be right there with them, opening our homes, our hearts to those in need.  Because we're a nation that stands with our fellow citizens as long as it takes.

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AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 men and women in intensive service each year through more than 15,000 nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.

Why are CNCS and FEMA offering this FEMA Corps track?

As an easily deployable, highly motivated and energized corps of young people, AmeriCorps NCCC has been a vital support system for communities across America in times of natural disaster and with FEMA Corps we hope to expand our impact to all communities in these times of need. With the help of FEMA and an increase of 1,600 additional corps members we can greatly increase our level of support and strengthen the nation’s disaster response capacity.

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