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AmeriCorps Alums Disaster Response
After Gustav and Ike:  AmeriCorps Alums Responds
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, AmeriCorps members and alumni demonstrated their commitment to the residents of the Gulf Coast by volunteering their labor and expertise in the recovery effort.   Many AmeriCorps alumni have been trained in disaster response, and expressed interest in being deployed as volunteers in communities impacted by natural disasters.  AmeriCorps Alums offers several important ways to support the communities impacted by the 2008 hurricane season:

Volunteering after Hurricane Ike - UPDATED 9/16/2008

Damage assessment is currently taking place in coastal Texas.  This data is used to create plans for meaningful volunteer deployment in the region;  we discourage AmeriCorps alumni from self-deploying to the disaster area until these roles are clearly defined.  As specific volunteer opportunities become available, they will be posted to this webpage and e-mailed to AmeriCorps alumni who have selected "National Service Reserve Corps" as an activity in their online profile.  If you are interested in receiving these alerts, please go to your profile at and select "yes" under the National Reserve Corps heading.

NEW Volunteer Opportunity - UPDATED 9/5/2008

AmeriCorps Alums is supporting the American Red Cross in their efforts to establish an effective volunteer management operation.  The Red Cross is in need of volunteers to manage staffing of local and visiting volunteers on a disaster operation for 2 - 3 weeks.  The activities will take place predominantly in Louisiana, but it’s possible that they will expand to other locations. 

Red Cross staff members will work with interested AmeriCorps alumni to get their background check cleared and paperwork completed.  Expenses for meals and lodging will be covered by the Red Cross.  Please note that in some areas lodging consists of a staff shelter under hot/humid conditions that may or may not have air conditioning.  Here are additional details to assist you in making an informed choice:

  • Expenses: individuals will be given a staff card to use and instructions on how to use and reconcile at the end of the operation.
  • Location: most of the locations are in New Orleans
  • Travel: Red Cross will provide "approval" and then individuals will call to make their own travel arrangements
  • Departure:  Be prepared to leave within 24 - 48 hours
  • Length of stay:  MINIMUM 2 weeks

If you are interested, please complete this application form and return it to Bruce Summers as indicated ASAP.  


Other Ways to Help

Locally-based immediate response teams are assessing the needs of communities impacted by Hurricane Gustav.  As volunteer roles are identified, they will be made available through a central online communication system.
Donate Money
Hands On New Orleans is working with local and state agencies to ensure the safety of all residents through a coordinated, immediate response.  Donations are needed to support operation of the Volunteer Reception Center and to deploy an early responder team to assess and meet immediate needs.
Donate Goods
Non-profit organizations in hurricane-impacted areas of Louisiana are registering their needs online.  If you have access to large quantities of materials such as non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, diapers, electrical generators, etc. please check the online list to see if your potential donation matches the needs of the organizations providing aid to evacuees. 
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