Joplin, Missouri 2011

Within hours after the nation's deadliest tornado in nearly 60 years ripped through Joplin, Missouri, killing 161 people and destroying some 7,000 homes and businesses, the first team of AmeriCorps members arrived on the scene.


In the days and months that followed the May 22, 2011, tornado, more than 350 AmeriCorps members from seven states have come to Joplin, providing vital services and coordinating more than 75,000 volunteers who have been essential to the city’s recovery.

AmeriCorps members have supported missing person inquiries, removed tons of debris, provided homeowner assistance and casework, operated donation and distribution warehouses, coordinated donations, and managed a large-scale volunteer operation that has coordinated more than 75,000 volunteers and their 500,000 hours of disaster assistance to more than 2,200 Joplin households.

Joplin city officials reported that the city received donated resources and volunteer hours totaling $17.7 million, the largest amount in Missouri’s history and the largest amount ever recorded in FEMA’s region VII. AmeriCorps members were instrumental to coordinating this influx of volunteers and donations, which efficiently aided their recovery and saved the city more than $17.7 million in disaster costs.

Fast Facts

  • 359 AmeriCorps Members Who Have Served in Joplin
  • 76,879 Hours Served by AmeriCorps Members
  • 75,786 Volunteers Coordinated through AmeriCorps Recovery Center
  • 520,102 Volunteer Hours Reported by AmeriCorps Recovery Center
  • 2,222 Volunteer Groups Registered
  • 2,226 Completed Homeowner Requests
  • 6,053 Damage or Needs Assessments Completed
  • 20,000 Meals Served in Disaster Areas
  • 732 Homes Mucked and/or Gutted
  • 129,479 Total Volunteers (Includes Volunteers Serving through Other Groups)
  • 798,623 Total Volunteer Hours (Includes Volunteers Serving through Other Groups)

 AmeriCorps Members Manage Volunteer Reception Center


Joplin: 5 Years Later

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