Joplin

The Miracle of the Human Spirit

Earlier this week I traveled to Joplin, Missouri, for a trip I will never forget. The Joplin story is one of a community that that never gave up, that demonstrated steely resolve in the face of tragedy, and that is coming back stronger and better than before. It is also the story of volunteers – 130,000 strong and counting – whose selfless service has lifted up an entire community when it needed it most.

AmeriCorps Members Working Night and Day to Help Joplin Recover

AmeriCorps St. Louis Emergency Response Team members assist with response and recovery in Joplin, MO.</body></html>

AmeriCorps Members: Making an Impact in Broken Communities

Service Impact Award Winner: AmeriCorps St. Louis Safety Service Corps

Over the next several weeks, we will be profiling the winners of the 2012 Service Impact Awards. Look for their stories and videos here on the blog.

We Are the Community Service Cavalry

Paul Reickhoff, president and CEO of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, has an idea about a great, untapped American resource. He believes national service models based on AmeriCorps to harness and leverage the skills of military veterans and can “help people think about us as the cavalry, not as a problem."

It's a terrific idea – especially when you know the stories of vets who are riding to the rescue every day. They are the community service embodiment of the cavalry, not a condition.

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