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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
Monday, September 12, 2005

CONTACT: Sandy Scott
Phone: 202-606-6724
Email: [email protected]

   

Factsheet: CNCS Hurricane Activity Update #3

 

Louisiana

  • 42 AmeriCorps*NCCC member are supporting mass care activities at various locations in Louisiana through the American Red Cross.
     
  • AmeriCorps members with Habitat for Humanity in Baton Rouge are collecting supplies for the relief efforts and bringing needed items to shelters.
     
  • AmeriCorps members with the Louisiana Delta Service Corps are working in local shelters in the Delta region.
     
  • AmeriCorps members with the Louisiana HIPPY Corps are working in local shelters.
     
  • AmeriCorps members with the North Baton Rouge Learning Center are working at the shelter located on Southern University’s campus, as well as organizing with out-of-state programs to assist with the collection of needed items.
     
  • AmeriCorps members with SEE West Monroe are working with the local community center to assist with the evacuees and organizing activities for children in the shelters.
     
  • Jumpstart Hammond is looking to establish relationships with shelters to establish programs and provide school supplies, clothing, hygiene kits and food.
     
  • AmeriCorps members at SERVE! Baton Rouge are working with the school board to assist with the influx of additional students into the public schools.
     
  • ShrevCORPS staff members are assisting in shelters, securing donations, and transporting them to drop-off locations in the Shreveport area.
     
  • Teach for America is in the process of placing AmeriCorps members who would have been placed in New Orleans in other needy parishes.
     
  • Members at the University of Louisiana/Lafayette AmeriCorps program have been working around the clock to serve the nearly 6,000 evacuees at the Cajundome, Lafayette’s largest shelter. Members have served meals, sorted donations, facilitated children’s activities, and, working with the Red Cross, taken the lead in recruiting volunteer coordinators and creating an organized system of volunteer management.
     
  • 10 Foster Grandparents with the Quad Area CAA program are assisting evacuees from the New Orleans area, including 32 children enrolled in local schools.

Alabama

  • A 10-member NCCC team is in Montgomery, Ala., providing support at a call center and a supply warehouse.
     
  • Three St Louis AmeriCorps Emergency Response Team members and two NCCC members are distributing clothing and food in Mobile, Ala.
     
  • AmeriCorps members with the Employers Child Care Alliance have been working in the Auburn/Opelika area, assisting the local American Red Cross shelter with various activities related to children, transporting supplies, and doing anything else that is needed.
     
  • AmeriCorps members at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have staffed hotlines on evacuee resources, assisted the Red Cross chapter with a blood drive, and received and sorted donated items.
     
  • Members with the Birmingham READS AmeriCorps program have assisted the Red Cross chapter with a blood drive, served in the canteen, assisted with childcare, and helped prepare Spaulding Elementary to become a shelter for displaced disaster victims.
     
  • RSVP volunteers in Talledega County, Ala., are providing transportation and assisting in elementary schools, helping with Red Cross blood drives, delivering supplies to Mississippi and Louisiana, and serving meals to evacuees housed at the Talledega Super Speedway Dome.
     
  • RSVP volunteers in Lauderdale County, Ala., are providing support to evacuees coming into the county.
     
  • About 45 Marshall County RSVPs are supporting evacuees, assisting Red Cross Disaster Teams in Florida and Alabama, helping United Way’s “First Call for Help,” working with Salvation Army, and helping reconnect evacuee families.
     
  • More than 30 volunteers with the Pike County RSVP are serving on a rotating basis with Red Cross and the local Emergency Management Agency.
     
  • The Colbert County RSVP is the point-of-contact for temporary housing for evacuees in the county, accepting referrals from Red Cross and Salvation Army.
     
  • Birmingham RSVP has 10 volunteers supporting the Red Cross shelter, where more than 600 evacuees are staying.
     
  • 20 Wiregrass RSVP volunteers in Dothan are serving in mass-care shelters.
     
  • RSVP volunteers in the Montgomery, Ala., area have converted an old nursing home into temporary housing for evacuees.
     
  • RSVP volunteers in Greene County, Ala., are coordinating the setting up of a distribution center in an abandoned building on the town square to provide items such as clothing, health and beauty aids, food, and water to evacuees.
     
  • Three VISTA members in Baldwin County, Ala., are distributing water, food, and clothing to community residents who sustained damages during the hurricane, and to evacuees from Mississippi and Louisiana.

Mississippi

  • 10 AmeriCorps*NCCC members are in Jackson, Miss., where they are supporting the FEMA call center, as well as distributing water and other necessities.
     
  • St. Louis Safety Corps members in Mississippi were sent to Gulfport to meet and unload a supply plane and then to transport the donated goods to the First Baptist Church.

Elsewhere

  • 30 AmeriCorps*NCCC members are supporting the Denver Red Cross Call Center, as well as supporting the evacuee staging and receiving center at the former Lowry Air Force Base.
     
  • AmeriCorps members, RSVP volunteers and Foster Grandparents in West Virginia are working together to manage interim housing and arrange long-term housing for about 400 evacuees.
     
  • All City Year sites are working with their respective state service commissions to explore how City Year can best participate in coordinated relief efforts. Some have already taken action. AmeriCorps members at City Year Little Rock, for example, are serving at a community center-turned shelter for evacuees, and a Boys and Girls club also open to evacuees.
     
  • A VISTA member with the Pierce County (Washington) Department of Emergency Management helped mobilize an Urban Search and Rescue team now working in the disaster area.
     
  • VISTA members at the Ohio Campus Compact program at Defiance College partnered with Clear Channel Communications to raise nearly $25,000 for American Red Cross disaster response efforts.
     
  • Students with the ManaTEENS Learn and Serve project in Bradenton, Fla., are answering the “2-1-1” phone calls made by locals either asking how to help or seeking help.
     
  • Learn and Serve students in Valparaiso, Ind., have organized the packing of 1,500 kits of “essential” items for evacuees.
     
  • Carroll County (Maryland) Learn and Serve students are also creating necessities kits for evacuees and learning about resettlement issues.
     
  • RSVP volunteers in Westchester County, N.Y., are staffing the United Way’s “2-1-1” helpline, helping the local Red Cross chapter screen prospective volunteers for disaster deployment, and assisting with preparations for the arrival of evacuees.
     
  • Four RSVP volunteers from Montana have been sent to Alabama, and are dozen are raising funds in their home state.
     
  • Learn and Serve students at Temple University in Philadelphia are assisting at the Wannamaker School, where evacuee families from New Orleans are being resettled.
     
  • RSVP volunteers with the Northwest Nebraska Community Action Agency are assisting the Red Cross locally and working with evacuees in Rapid City, S.D. and Cheyenne, Wyo.
     
  • 12 volunteers with the Livingston County RSVP in Missouri are staff a donations hotline, while 25 RSVP volunteers from Altrusa Club RSVP in Poplar Bluff, Mo., partnered with the America’s Promise Volunteer Center and local churches to sort and load four trucks with relief supplies bound for Louisiana and Mississippi.
     
  • Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions serving with Catholic Charities in San Diego, Calif., are coordinating evacuee host family efforts in that city.
     
  • The YMCA of Greater Whittier (California) raised and contributed almost $20,000 for relief work.
     
  • The RSVP program in Mahoning County, Ohio, opened and now staffs the one-stop Emergency Assistance Center at Salvation Army for arriving evacuees.
     
  • Ohio’s Marion and Crawford RSVP programs sent a tractor-trailer full of relief supplies to the Community Action Center in St. Mary’s Parish, La.
     
  • A VISTA member with the Greensboro Housing Coalition in North Carolina is coordinating long-term housing for evacuees now living in Red Cross shelters.
     
  • VISTA members in Tulsa, Okla., are also supporting more than 1,500 evacuees in that city, and have organized more than 53,000 meals.
     
  • VISTA members with the Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center are working with Catholic Social Services to assist evacuees coming to Philadelphia.
     
  • VISTA members in Maricopa County, Ariz., are supporting 250 evacuee families at the United Methodist Outreach Ministries Shelter.
     
  • 22 RSVP volunteers stationed at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Transient Aid Center in Phoenix are supporting relief efforts for 50 Katrina evacuees, including helping them reach family or friends in other parts of the country.
     
  • The National AIDS Fund, an AmeriCorps grantee, has established the Katrina HIV/AIDS Emergency Fund to support community-based agencies serving persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families who have been directly impacted by the hurricane. The National AIDS Fund will be contributing funds from its own unrestricted resources as well.
     
  • AmeriCorps members from several Fire Education and Fire Monitoring teams associated with the Student Conservation Association have been deployed to the Gulf to help with relief efforts.

For the latest news, information, and updates on hurricane relief and recovery efforts from the Corporation for National and Community Service, please visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/katrina.

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