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National Service in the News: Hurricane Sandy Digest 11/21/12

by Greg Tucker

As the Hurricane Sandy recovery continues, more stories are starting to come in about our national service members' experiences in the field. Whether they traveled across the country to affected areas or collected much-needed items far from the storm's path, their work continues to inspire.

As of Monday, November 19, nearly 1,300 national service participants have been deployed to assist with the Hurricane Sandy response with approximately 1,049 currently serving in disaster-affected areas.

Local AmeriCorps Member Finds His Work ‘Humbling'
E-Missourian (Missouri), November 16, 2012
“There aren't many things as humbling as talking to someone who has just lost everything they own and care about, and seeing that they're still standing on their own two feet and haven't given up,” said Spencer Neptune (pictured left). “The experience is truly inspiring, and the people I have met will stay with me forever.”

Reed to Help with Beach Cleanup
Westerly Sun (Connecticut), November 19, 2012
U.S. Sen. Jack Reed will be in Misquamicut Tuesdayto work with a group of volunteers from Bank of America and the AmeriCorps NCCC River 7 Team to clean up debris left by the hurricane.

Tweet Beat

Sen. Reed tweeted a picture from the Connecticut cleanup during the event on Tuesday. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand also posted a photo with AmeriCorps volunteers on Twitter

Big Disaster = Big Numbers
Salina Journal (Kansas), November 17, 2012
A relief effort in an area with high-rise buildings required some different skills: "We used young AmeriCorps kids, who can climb 20 stories of stairs with boxes of food. It does make it a completely different type of response, compared to relief efforts in Kansas or Mississippi."

Sandy Victims Helped Through FEMA Corps by Pittsfield Man
Berkshire Eagle (Massachusetts), November 18, 2012
Shane Snyder, 24, is confident that he and his team of nine FEMA Corps members, working 12-hour days, will meet with each victim of Hurricane Sandy in Long Beach, NY, and explain what type of help is available to them.

After Sandy, Red Cross Volunteers Return to Reno
KOLO News Now (Nevada), November 19, 2012
AmeriCorps and Red Cross Volunteer Kevin Master worked in a kitchen after being deployed to New Jersey's MetLife Stadium and relayed his experience: "It's funny because in the Red Cross training videos, they show the Emergency Response Vehicles going out and they show people casually like feeding them and having conversations with them," says Masters. "That was certainly not the case here. As soon as we got to the parking lot, there was a line down the street. Probably for like two hours, I did nothing but serve food. For like two hours, I was like a machine, over and over again."

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