2012 Hurricane Sandy

More than 3,800 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps participants served in six states during  Hurricane Sandy. Our members worked with national and local relief agencies to leverage the services of more than 30,000 volunteers who contributed millions of dollars in assistance. Hurricane Sandy left a trail of destruction in its wake across six states, doing the most damage in heavily populated areas of New Jersey and New York. The recovery that followed – and even continues to this day -- required a massive response and thousands of national service members joined their fellow Americans to answer the call for help.

Sandy led to 160 deaths, making it the deadliest hurricane to hit the United States since Katrina in 2005. Beyond those gruesome numbers were the $65 billion in property damage, not to mention the emotional toll the storm took on the survivors left to pick up the pieces of their destroyed homes, scattered memories, and shattered lives.

National service members, affiliates, and volunteers joined others from around the nation to help residents throughout the recovery process.  When cleanup efforts were allowed to begin, crews from across the country came to the East Coast to begin the hard work that needed to be done, helping residents muck and gut more than 3,700 homes damaged by the storm’s wind and flood waters.

AmeriCorps VISTAs continue to serve local groups to build their capacity as they work to help residents get the information they need to rebuild and work through the recovery process. And AmeriCorps crews even worked at iconic landmarks, removing trash and storm debris from Ellis and Liberty islands to ensure that the Statue of Liberty could reopen in time for this summer’s 4th of July celebrations.


  • More than 3,800 National Service Members deployed throughout NY, NJ, CT, RI, MA, PA
  • 35 Full Time Federal Employees deployed to impacted states
  • Over 3,700 homes mucked and gutted
  • Over 11,00 volunteers leveraged and managed
  • 7 Volunteer Reception Centers opened and managed through AmeriCorps
  • 115,000 Coats distributed
  • In partnership with the American Red Cross operated over 45 shelters
  • Coordinated and partnered with over 200 Non-profits and Community Organizations

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