“In the month and a half my team was in New York, the progress I witnessed was absolutely incredible. Although we all were frequently exhausted by the various assignments we had been given each day, it truly makes it all worth it when you can step back and realize that you've played even a small part in such a huge recovery effort.” -- FEMA Corps member Elizabeth McSherry
One year ago, 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.
On a late September afternoon sprinkled with snow flurries, eight young adults in mud-streaked protective bodysuits and breathing masks installed blankets of insulation to the underside of a weather-worn cabin in the Alaskan Bush.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recognized seven outstanding programs and participants with the 2013 National Service Impact Awards.
Is it possible to effectively harness youthful enthusiasm and idealism and turn it into it a renewable resource for good? We think so. Twenty years ago, President Clinton signed a bill that created AmeriCorps and gave our country a new outlet for national service that did just that.
What an amazing week for national service! From the White House to West Virginia, service was in the spotlight.
Yesterday, five AmeriCorps alums received the most prestigious honor given to youth leaders by the United States Congress – the Congressional Gold Medal Award. This year, 250 were chosen as honorees and five were AmeriCorps NCCC alumni but of the 1,000 Bronze, Silver, and Gold medalists that are chosen each year more than 1,000 are affiliated with AmeriCorps.
Disasters like Hurricane Sandy not only cause physical damage, but they can leave confusion and anger in their wake for weeks and months. So it must have surprised FEMA Corps Team Leader Cassie Murray to be declared “an angel” only a few hours after she was angrily confronted by one of the storm's survivors.
My name is Rebecca Lange and I am a proud alumna of the second class of AmeriCorps NCCC. I served
at the Central Region campus in Denver, CO, from 1995-1996, a wide-eyed high school graduate
looking for an adventure, a unique way to serve, and beyond excited to begin what I hoped to be an
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