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Thank You, Sandy Volunteers

by Greg Tucker

It’s nearly impossible to find a silver lining in events like Hurricane Sandy. But the outpouring of volunteers from the affected communities and around the country who pulled together after the storm to do anything from running shelters, to feeding the displaced, to mucking and gutting homes revealed the heart of a caring nation.

A member of FEMA Corps, a unit of AmeriCorps NCCC, unloads water from a supply truck during the Hurricane Sandy relief effort in Far Rockaway, NY. (Corporation for National and Community Service photo)There is still much more work to be done in Hurricane Sandy-affected areas – especially in the hardest-hit communities in New Jersey and New York – and all the volunteers deserve kudos for stepping up to help their neighbors in need. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is proud to stand beside these volunteers as we join in the effort to assist the storm’s survivors continue their recovery journey. And CNCS has plans in place to continue leveraging the power of national service to help survivors as the rebuilding process continues in months ahead.

Today, we wanted to pause to look back at some of the work done during the year and salute the national service members and volunteers who helped their fellow citizens “get things done.” It’s unfortunate that events like these happen, but it’s nice to know that we have each other’s backs at times like these.

AmeriCorps members from the Washington Conservation Corps and AmeriCorps St. Louis remove tile from a home damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Union Beach, NJ. (Corporation for National and Community Service photo)Thanks to all the members of our national service family in AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, CNCS grantees, and the volunteers who joined us as we worked to help the people and communities affected by Hurricane Sandy.

You can revisit some of the stories we’ve published recently on the blog at the links below, and keep scrolling to see scenes from the Sandy recovery in pictures and video.

From the National Service Blog

National Service Photo Gallery: Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy National Service Video Playlist

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