Iowa National Service members continue to aid in hurricane recovery efforts

Date: 
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 24, 2018

Contact: Brianne Fitzgerald
Brianne.fitzgerald@iowaeda.com
515.348.6228 / 515.868.2589

Iowa National Service members continue to aid in hurricane recovery efforts

Members deployed for a second round to the U.S. Virgin Islands

 

Des Moines, Iowa – Over the past week, National Service members from Habitat for Humanity of Iowa AmeriCorps program and ISU AmeriCorps 4H Outreach program have returned to the U.S. Virgin Islands for a second round of disaster deployment, to aid in hurricane recovery efforts. The team is working to provide volunteer and donations management, disaster survivor assistance, damage assessments, and muck and gut operations.

The Corporation for National and Community Service has deployed over 200 AmeriCorps members to support Hurricane Maria recovery efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  AmeriCorps teams have returned after the holiday break to support and continue the recovery activities.  The Iowa team is joining teams from Washington Conservation Corps, Texas Conservation Corps, and NCCC Pacific Campus in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  These members are part of the more than 2,200 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members currently activated for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

Disaster response requires a long-term commitment, and National Service members are prepared to support recovery efforts in the coming weeks and months to ensure residents have the assistance they need to clean up and get back into their homes. National Service programs like AmeriCorps have an established record when it comes to disaster response. AmeriCorps teams have provided critical support after countless disasters including Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, the Joplin tornadoes, the explosion in West Texas, and the BP Oil Spill. To learn more about the agency’s work in response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, visit NationalService.gov/2017Disasters.

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Volunteer Iowa and its partner agencies work with organizations and individuals on three main fronts. The first is to help agencies develop quality programs that use service as a strategy to fulfill their missions and address Iowa’s greatest areas of need. The second is to help engage Iowans in their communities by promoting service and expanding the volunteer base. Finally, the third area of work is to connect individuals with appropriate service opportunities by building the volunteer infrastructure. More information is available at volunteeriowa.org.

About Corporation for National and Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation's volunteering and service efforts. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

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