Safety and Security

Honoring Our Veterans

I have several projects in response to the President's call to service. First of all I have, for 13 years, served on Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard teams where I conduct funeral services for our heroes. I do the reading to honor the passing veterans. I have done hundreds and hundreds of funerals, if not thousands at a National Cemetery and private cemeteries in two states.

Today is the Day to End Domestic Violence

If today is a typical day, someone's mother, sister, wife, or best friend won't be coming home tomorrow. If today is a typical day, three women in the United States will lose their lives to domestic violence. Today doesn't have to be another typical day.

Tornado Response in St. Louis - Day 6

Here’s a story from the AmeriCorps St. Louis Emergency Response Team, which last week for Holmes County, Mississippi to help with tornado clean-up. AmeriCorps members took chainsaws, tools, generators and other gear to the disaster zone. 25 people were injured and one person died in Holmes County during last weekend's storms.

National Service Steps Up to Disaster Response

As various parts of the country are hit with disasters ranging from floods to tornadoes to oil spills, national service participants have stepped up to provide vital assistance.  Below is a brief overview of distasters and national service deployment.

Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Disaster Response Brief

May 8, 2010

Rhode Island

Kloshe Illahee Community: A Model for Emergency Preparedness

Residents at Kloshe Illahee manufactured homes park are ready to take on disasters.

Helping to Keep the Veterans' Memory Alive

I have been working with American WWII veterans since 1994, making many of them guests of honor where once they were in combat. To make certain their stories will not be forgotten but integrated in European archives and taught at schools, I have arranged a multitude of interviews and receptions for them.

“We Have A Plan”

Two years ago before volunteering to develop a CERT program in Monroe County, Illinois I sat on my couch in the basement with my daughter one evening hoping all would be well when the tornado siren blared out the warning of an impending threat.

I found myself unprepared, in a basement with a ceiling loaded with pipes, a concrete room filled with Christmas decorations and an under house garage that sat at the southwest corner. My daughter and I sat in shorts, no shoes and waited out the siren that went in and out and in and out. Thankfully we were fine.

 Volunteering as an EMT Everywhere I've Lived

I’m a U.S. Department of Agriculture employee. I grew up in small towns in Iowa and have lived in a series of small towns in Nevada and Colorado with my various USDA duty stations. I’ve been volunteering my whole life- scouting, my church, Lions Club and many other small local organizations.

I’ve done everything from coordinating search and rescue activities to cleaning up and neighborhood trash. After a transfer to Hugo, Colorado, my latest unique volunteer opportunity began.

Volunteering Saved My Life

I wanted to share my story because volunteer work and community service literally saved my life.

As a child I suffered from social anxiety, had a learning disability, and was even held back in first grade for developmental issues. I had such a severe learning disability in math and reading, I was placed into a special education reading and math program until 5th grade. As a result I grew into a teen that was withdrawn, and often times isolated from my peers.

Volunteers Help Kids Learn All About Safety U.S Air Force Base RAF Mildenhall, UK

“Is it important to wear a helmet when riding your bike?” asked Captain Andy Sisler of the 492nd Fighter Squadron. A resounding “YES!” came from a group of excited children crowded around a helmet demonstration where Captain Sisler strapped a ripe cantaloupe into a bicycle helmet and dropped it from 20 feet in the air. Of course the melon came away unscathed. That is until they dropped it without it wearing its helmet – and then, splat!

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