FEMA Corps

Hurricane Sandy Digest 1/10/13: Away from Home for the Holidays

We continue to track news coverage of the role national service participants have played in the Hurricane Sandy relief and recovery effort for the last few months. This week, our collection of stories includes one about two AmeriCorps members who spent their holiday away from home, helping people in New York and New Jersey recover from the storm.

Hurricane Sandy Digest 12/28/12: More Reports from the Field

We've been tracking news coverage of the role our national service participants have played in the Hurricane Sandy relief and recovery effort for the last few months. Here are some of the latest stories, including two personal reflections by AmeriCorps members.

FEMA Corps: Expanding Opportunities for Young Adults

This post was originally published on the FEMA Blog on Dec. 21, 2012.

Hurricane Sandy Digest 12/11/12: Habitat Units Bringing Tools, Assistance

The Hurricane Sandy recovery continues with more than 1,660 national service participants deployed in response to the storm and 715 currently serving on the ground and working with the storm's victims. At this time 407 members of FEMA Corps, an AmeriCorps NCCC unit, have deployed or are being re-routed to New York and New Jersey to support FEMA Emergency Response operations in those areas.

Hurricane Sandy Digest 12/4/12: Don't Forget the Storm's Victims

Even though there are plenty of distractions around the holiday season, let's not forget the victims of Hurricane Sandy who are still reassembling their lives in the storm's aftermath. The Corporation for National and Community Service joins other federal and national agencies in the recovery effort with a commitment that's used by our Disaster Services Unit: “You can count on us to respond fast and stay last.”

A Brief Timeline of National Service History

Did you know that some of the programs under the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) banner have been in existence for nearly 50 years? We've created a new national service timeline to show how we got to where we are today.

CNCS programs have a lengthy track record of promoting the culture of citizen service that helps meet needs in communities across the nation. And through this service, our volunteers and members gain career and educational opportunities and build character that influences the remainder of their lives.

National Service in the News: Hurricane Sandy Digest 11/21/12

As the Hurricane Sandy recovery continues, more stories are starting to come in about our national service members' experiences in the field. Whether they traveled across the country to affected areas or collected much-needed items far from the storm's path, their work continues to inspire.

As of Monday, November 19, nearly 1,300 national service participants have been deployed to assist with the Hurricane Sandy response with approximately 1,049 currently serving in disaster-affected areas.

Partnerships for Recovery: Coming Together During Crisis

Last week, I led a delegation to New York and New Jersey to visit sites providing disaster assistance to people affected by Hurricane Sandy. Throughout the day, we were joined by local elected officials who are working hard to meet the needs of their communities. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, New Jersey Lt. Gov. and Secretary of State Kim Guadagno, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ), and New York City Councilman Brad Lander each joined us for a portion of the day.

President Obama Meets FEMA Corps Members During Staten Island Visit

President Obama visited with members of FEMA Corps, a unit of AmeriCorps NCCC, during his November 15 trip to survey the Hurricane Sandy damage in Staten Island, NY. A small contingent of the 428 FEMA Corps members currently serving in New York and New Jersey met the President at a Staten Island Disaster Recovery Center as the scene was broadcast across the nation.

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

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.

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