One month ago, a deadly F5 tornado ripped through Joplin, MO. This fierce tornado was the 7th most deadly in U.S. history and the deadliest since modern record keeping began in 1953.
Yet, among all of the loss, destruction, and tragedy, we've seen Americans at their greatest, shining examples of the goodness that exists in the human spirit.
We are so proud of all the National Service members that responded in full force – some of them within hours – and of all the volunteers that traveled across the country and around the globe to help.
A disaster of this magnitude is difficult to comprehend, and so is the response. One-hundred and eighty National Service members have mobilized 32,469 volunteers through the Volunteer Reception Center, staffed and managed by the AmeriCorps St. Louis Emergency Response Team. They've welcomed more than 1,100 volunteer groups and together, along with teams from 10 different AmeriCorps programs, Joplin has received more than 190,027 hours of volunteer service.
Joplin isn't the only community recently affected by a natural disaster, and it's not the only place you'll find National Service members and volunteers. Across the country, they are hard at work fighting fires, preparing for floods, responding to tornadoes, and helping to rebuild communities. Wherever we are, you can count on us.
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Want to read more? Check out some of the Joplin blog posts from the past month:
Photo by Scott Julian, 2011.
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