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Hurricane Volunteer Support Fund
In the wake of the recent hurricanes, the Corporation is coordinating volunteers to assist with repair and relief efforts in areas affected by this devastating storm. Your donation will support volunteers in providing food and shelter, managing donations, helping victims get necessary assistance, and long-term rebuilding efforts.
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USA Freedom Corps Partnering to Answer the President’s Call to Service
 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 20, 2003

CONTACT: Siobhan Dugan
Phone: 202-606-6707
Email: [email protected]

   

Rhode Island Senior Corps Volunteers Keep in Touch With Military Families

 

Cranston, R.I. — With the help of Senior Corps of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island National Guard today launched its 100% Contact Campaign focused on contacting each Rhode Island family that has a loved one deployed oversees. Rhode Island is the first state to launch this type of program, in which each family will be contacted once a month by Senior Corps volunteers.

The campaign is designed not only to let family members know how much their loved one’s efforts are appreciated, but also to make sure that any needs the family has will be attended to by the National Guard’s Family Readiness Office. Senior Corps volunteers will relay pertinent information to the center.

“We want family members to know that Rhode Islanders are thinking of them during the difficult time and that the National Guards’ Family Readiness Office is available to help them in any way,” explained Vincent Marzullo, Rhode Island state program director for the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees Senior Corps. “Senior Corps volunteers are delighted to respond to this call to service, and their efforts will be much appreciated by the National Guard and by family members. We are able to enjoy freedom and liberties in our country because of our dedicated and professional military forces serving at home and abroad. While they are protecting us, those of us here at home can ease their concerns about their families.”

At an August 19 press conference announcing the campaign, Major General Reginald A. Centracchio, the Adjutant General of Rhode Island and the Commanding General of the Rhode Island National Guard, commented that the “greatest generation” is still giving to our country by helping the next generation and their families.

The 100% Contact Campaign is part of the “On the Homefront” resource launched in March by USA Freedom Corps as a means of for people seeking to support our troops, their families, and their communities. Suggestions for aiding military families, from writing letters to military personnel deployed overseas to helping families with home repairs, are available online at www.usafreedomcorps.gov.

Senior Corps taps the skills, talents, and experience Americans age 55 and older to meet community needs in education, the environment, public safety, homeland security, and other areas. Senior Corps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which also oversees AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America. The Corporation and its programs are part of USA Freedom Corps, a White House initiative to foster a culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility, and help all Americans answer the President’s Call to Service.

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