Thursday, June 30, 2011

AmeriCorps’ Response to Joplin Tornado

On May 22, 2011, a deadly tornado struck the city of Joplin, Missouri, killing over 100 people and causing millions of dollars in damages. Hours later 32,000 AmeriCorps members rushed to the city, providing 190,000 hours or service--the largest turnout in AmeriCorps history. During their time helping respond to the crisis, volunteers set up missing persons hotlines, assisted in search and rescue, served meals, cleared roads, managed donations, and repaired homes. Check out the video below to see the support AmeriCorps volunteers contributed to help the people of Joplin recover and rebuild their lives after the disaster.


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