Iowa National Service members deployed for hurricane relief efforts
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 20, 2017
Contact: Brianne Fitzgerald, Volunteer Iowa
515.348.6228 / 800.308.5987
Iowa National Service members aide in hurricane recovery efforts
Members deployed to Texas, Florida, and the U.S. Virgin Islands
Des Moines, Iowa – Over the last several weeks, National Service members from Volunteer Iowa, Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa, and Habitat for Humanity Iowa, have deployed to Texas, Florida, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to aide in the hurricane recovery efforts. These teams are working to provide volunteer and donations management, disaster survivor assistance, damage assessments, and muck and gut operations.
The Northeast Iowa Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) recently had volunteers return from deployment to Florida where they helped distribute items of necessity, worked with people to find shelter, and distributed ‘tent kits’ with food, water and cash, to get them to locations where friends or family live.
The Corporation for National and Community Service has deployed more than 100 AmeriCorps members to support Hurricane Maria recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and 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 be supporting 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 Hurricane 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 Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria, visit NationalService.gov/2017Disasters.
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About Volunteer Iowa
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