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Hurricane Sandy Digest 1/10/13: Away from Home for the Holidays

by Greg Tucker

We continue to track news coverage of the role national service participants have played in the Hurricane Sandy relief and recovery effort for the last few months. This week, our collection of stories includes one about two AmeriCorps members who spent their holiday away from home, helping people in New York and New Jersey recover from the storm.

Local FEMA Corps member joins historic disaster response
The Dispatch (Kansas), Jan. 8, 2012
Victoria Celli, a 2012 graduate of Shawnee Mission Northwest, was among hundreds of young leaders who returned home for the holidays following deployments to New Jersey and New York as part of the first class of FEMA Corps, a new federal program designed to provide emergency management experience to young people.

A Holiday Spent Helping (Audio)
Colorado Public Radio
(Colorado), Jan. 7, 2012
Taylor Bush and Alex Orange could have spent the holidays with their families. Instead, they chose to head into a disaster zone. The two just got back from the east coast, where they helped residents of New York and New Jersey recover from Super storm Sandy. Bush and Orange are members of the national service program AmeriCorps, and are based in Denver.

Sandy Warriors to make Ortley whole again
Daily Record (New Jersey), Jan. 7, 2013
Trinity Peterson, 23, of Yakima, Wash., is a member of AmeriCorps, who has been helping to rebuild the Shore since Nov. 29 and now is assigned to work with the Bucket Brigade. “These communities have really pulled together,” Peterson said. “Joan is a great organizer and since we've been here, you can see how much they've gotten done. ... Honestly, it's sometimes depressing, but you have to stay focused on what's to come and what you're doing to help these people out. It puts a smile on our faces to know we're helping out a lot of people who can't afford to have this kind of stuff done otherwise.”

Harvard grad recounts a hectic 2 months in Hurricane Sandy relief
Northwest Herald
(Illinois), Jan. 6, 2013
Before there was a particular disaster for which to prepare, Ashleigh Brickley and her FEMA Corps team sorted something like 10 million meals. Brickley, 29, leads a 12-member community relations team of the first-year FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Corps program, a unit of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps.

Hurricane rescue centers extend work as pace of recovery drags
Press of Atlantic City
(New Jersey), Jan. 6, 2013
AmeriCorps teams and volunteers continue to clean out homes and tear out drywall in the greater Atlantic City area, and are expected to stay into February.

SD AmeriCorps volunteers aided in Sandy relief
UT San Diego
(California), Dec. 31, 2012
A couple of years ago, Chalynn Passmore was working at a San Diego Costco but wanted to do more to help others. She got that chance after joining AmeriCorps in the fall of 2011, where she became a leader of a 12-member crew and spent most of this past November and part of December helping out with Hurricane Sandy disaster relief in New Jersey.

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