galesburg efforts honor hurricane katrinas 5th anniversary
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#1 Aug 6, 2010
Perry Point, MD With the 5th year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaching, one local resident is working in communities devastated by the 2005 disaster. Jacob Schneider of Galesburg is serving with a team of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members to support the rebuilding efforts of New Orleans. As assistance is further drawn from hurricane relief work due to the oil spill and other natural disasters across the nation, NCCC members like Schneider continues to provide necessary support in the Gulf, five years onward.
Schneider, along with his team, is in the middle of a six week project deployment working with the St. Bernard Project (SBP) in Chalmette, LA. Together the team is working towards SBPs mission to create housing opportunities so that Hurricane Katrina survivors can return to their homes and communities. The SBP, a non-profit, community based organization carries out its mission through three primary programs: Rebuilding Program, Center for Wellness and Mental Health, and Senior Housing Program.
Schneider states that AmeriCorps NCCC has played a major role is the Katrina recovery effort since the storm hit almost five years ago. To be a part of that is both a humbling and rewarding experience, and I encourage others to participate or contribute in any way they can. Nearly five year after the storm, there is still so much work to be done.
Based at the NCCC Atlantic Region campus in Perry Point, Maryland, Schneider is one of 219 young people pledging to perform 10 months of public service throughout the country as part of the 16th class of NCCC. Schneider has already served with NCCC for 7 months and will continue to serve until he graduates from NCCC in November.
Through an inter-agency agreement with FEMA and arrangement with the American Red Cross, NCCC members have responded to every national disaster since the program was established. Since Hurricane Katrina, NCCC members from all campuses have served more than 2.7 million hours in the Gulf Coast on over 1040 relief and recovery projects, assisting approximately 3 million people.
AmeriCorps NCCC is a leadership program for young people ages 18 to 24. In exchange for completing 1,700 hours of service during a 10-month term, these young people receive an education award of over $5,000, plus a living stipend, housing and more. AmeriCorps programs are administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency. Interested applicants and project sponsors are encouraged to learn more by visiting www.americorps.gov/nccc or calling 1-800-942-2677.
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