*Here is an update from Serve.gov – This Federal site provides data on Federal disaster relief agencies and related business. This is a good look at who all is involved on the ground and lists contacts for those of us looking to go donate some time to help.

 

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Hurricane Sandy Update 1/10/2013

In response to Hurricane Sandy, the Corporation for National and Community Service’s (CNCS) Disaster Service Unit is coordinating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, the American Red Cross, Points of Light Hands On Network, and state and local authorities, among others to provide much needed services to Sandy impacted areas.

As ordered by the President of the United States, CNCS is one of several government agencies designated to work with HUD Secretary Donavon on the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force.

Below is a synopsis as of 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2013:

  • More than 2,300 national service participants have deployed in response to Hurricane Sandy.
  • Currently, 653 national service members are on the ground providing volunteer reception administration and support, mucking and gutting, and debris removal services.

AmeriCorps Members/Southwest Airlines

Member Highlight

A group of 100 Sacramento-based members of AmeriCorps left for New York and New Jersey Tuesday morning to help rebuild after the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy. “It’s personal, I’m from Syracuse,” said Andre Staley, a volunteer with the National Civilian Community Corps.


CONNECTICUT

More than 260 national service members have responded to support disaster response and recovery operations from the following programs:

  • American Red Cross of Greater Columbus
  • Teach for America
  • RSVP
  • Waterbury AmeriCorps
  • Northwestern Connecticut Area Health Education AmeriCorps
  • Health Service Corps
  • Public Ally
  • United Way of Southeastern Connecticut AmeriCorps
  • Bridgeport Foster Grandparent
  • AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps

NEW JERSEY
Currently more than 260 national service members are supporting response and recovery efforts. Overall, more than 685 national service members have responded to support disaster response and recovery operations.

Members are working in Atlantic, Monmouth and Ocean counties with county FEMA Voluntary Agency Liaisons, Weekend Warriors, municipalities, and faith-based organizations such as the Southern Baptists and the United Methodists to administer Volunteer Reception Centers, recruit and train unaffiliated volunteers and leverage these volunteers to support homeowner identified work orders for mucking, gutting and debris removal.

Current Programs on the ground include:
NEW  NCCC-FEMA Corps
166 members have been deployed to support FEMA operations in New Jersey.

NEW  AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps Pacific Region
48 members have deployed to support Jersey Cares and Bergen County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster under FEMA Mission Assignment.

NEW  Utah Conservation Corps
11 members have deployed to support Volunteer Reception Centers under FEMA Mission Assignment.

NEW  Washington Service Corps
1 members has been deployed by the American Red Cross to support Client Casework Management in Toms River.

Hoopa Tribal Community Conservation Corps
9 members have deployed to support Volunteer Reception Centers under FEMA Mission Assignment.

Washington Conservation Corps
25 members have deployed to administer Volunteer Reception Centers under FEMA Mission Assignment.

CNCS Disaster Cadre
1 CNCS staff member is deployed to support FEMA Mission Assignment deployed program throughout the state of New Jersey.

Additional support in NJ has also been received from the following programs:
AmeriCorps VISTA

  • AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps
  • Minnesota and Iowa Conservation Corps
  • Southwest Conservation Corps
  • AmeriCorps St. Louis
  • Great Oak Charter School AmeriCorps
  • American Red Cross of Greater Columbus
  • AmeriCorps Together We Prepare
  • Washington Service Corps
  • College of New Jersey VISTA Program
  • New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Violence AmeriCorps
  • American Red Cross Preparedness and Response Corps deployed to NY, NJ, and PA

NEW YORK
Currently more than 393 national service members are currently supporting response and recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy in New York. Overall, more than 1,300 national service members in New York have responded to support disaster response and recovery operations.

Members in NY are operating volunteer reception centers in partnership with Hands On Network, New York cares and Long Island Volunteers & Long Island VOAD. These members are recruiting and training unaffiliated volunteers, then leveraging these volunteers to support homeowner identified work orders for mucking, gutting and debris removal.  Additionally, these members are coordinating with New York City, FEMA Voluntary Agency Liaisons, Habitat for Humanity, and other nonprofit and faith-based organizations to meet the disaster recovery needs of New York.

Equal Justice Works has deployed multiple members to provide critical legal services to individuals and communities.

Current Programs on the ground include:

NEW  FEMA Corps
230 members have been deployed to support FEMA operations in the state of New York

NEW  Iowa Commission
5 members have deployed under FEMA Mission Assignment to support volunteer reception centers.

NEW  AmeriCorps NCCC Pacific Region
49 members have deployed under FEMA Mission Assignment to support volunteer reception centers.

NEW  Equal Justice Works
1 attorney member redeployed to Staten Island Legal Services to provide critical legal services to Sandy victims on issues of housing, insurance, public benefits, FEMA claims and unscrupulous contractors violating the law.

NEW  Equal Justice Works
2 attorney members who have been working on Joplin disaster recovery for more than one year, redeployed to New York Legal Assistance Group and MFY Legal Services in New York to provide critical legal services to Sandy victims on issues of housing, insurance, public benefits, FEMA claims and unscrupulous repair contractors violating the law.

NEW  Washington Service Corps
1 member has been deployed by the American Red Cross to New York City to support Client Casework Management.

Minnesota and Iowa Conservation Corps
35 members have deployed under FEMA Mission Assignment to support volunteer reception centers.

Washington Conservation Corps
19 members have deployed under FEMA Mission Assignment to support volunteer reception centers

AmeriCorps St. Louis
13 members have deployed under FEMA Mission Assignment to support volunteer reception centers

St. Bernard Project
5 members have deployed under FEMA Mission Assignment to support volunteer reception centers

YouthBuild
30 members have deployed under FEMA Mission Assignment to support volunteer reception centers

CNCS Disaster Cadre
3 CNCS staff member is deployed to support FEMA Mission Assignment deployed program throughout the state of New Jersey.

Additional support in NY has be received from the following programs:

  • American Red Cross of Greater Columbus
  • RSVP of Westchester
  • Massachusetts Service Alliance, Barnstable County AmeriCorps
  • Washington Service Corps
  • AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps
  • Community Service Society NYC RSVP
  • Service Society VISTA
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • VISTA
  • YouthBuild
  • and many more…

RHODE ISLAND

More than 84 national service members from the following programs have support disaster response and recovery operations since the landfall of Hurricane Sandy:

  • Massachusetts Service Alliance
  • AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Ready to Learn Providence AmeriCorps
  • Eastbay Community Action AmeriCorps

Maryland

Approximately 22 national service members from the following programs have supported disaster response and recovery operations since the landfall of Hurricane Sandy:

  • Council of Southern Mountain RSVP
  • West Virginia’s Promise AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Washington Service Corps

Serve Rhode Island Update

Superstorm Sandy Volunteer Stats: From October 26 through the end of December, SRI was able to mobilize a total of 1,033 unduplicated volunteers, who provided 1,449 shifts of work, putting in 6,704 hours of service. This service is valued at over $146,000, based on the value of volunteer time developed by the Independent Sector.

December Projects: SRI offered a total of eleven clean up projects during the month of December. Most of these were projects tailored to meet the specific needs of a particular homeowner or business establishment. These projects were smaller in size, ranging from 5 to 50 volunteers. Special thanks to East Coast Karate who brought adult and junior black belt karate students down for a day to assist in cleaning up on public lands.

Upcoming Clean Ups: SRI volunteer recruitment for clean ups has been suspended for the winter season and will resume in the spring once the weather improves and projects are developed that will benefit from the use of more volunteers. Inquiries about when activities will resume should be addressed to Bernie Beaudreau at bbeaudreau@ServeRhodeIsland.org or 331-2298 x. 102.

NEW DISASTER EVENTS

For information on new disaster events, please visit FEMA’s daily situation report.

RESOURCES

How to Volunteer or Donate to Hurricane Sandy Response Efforts

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) regularly updates volunteer information at the online hub for national service response to Hurricane Sandy:http://www.nationalservice.go/sandy OR check into one of the Volunteer Reception Centers operating in New Jersey and New York:

New Jersey VRCs

Atlantic County VRC
(609) 508-2189
Brigantine Community Center
265 42nd Street
Brigantine, NJ 08203
acamericorpsresponse@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/acamericorpsresponse
www.twitter.com/AC_Americorps

Monmouth County VRC
(609) 508-2500
Monmouth County VRC
Croydon Hall Gymnasium
900 Leonardville Road
Middletown, NJ
americorpsmonmouthcounty@gmail.com 
www.facebook.com/americorpsreliefmonmouthcounty 
www.twitter.com/AC_monmouth

Ocean County VRCs
(732) 804-9859
115 6th Ave., Ortley Beach, New Jersey

And

775 East Bay Avenue
Stafford Township
oceancountyamericorpsresponse@gmail.com 
www.facebook.com/ocaresponse       
www.twitter.com/OceanCountyAmeriCor 

New York VRC

http://newyorkcares.org/volunteer/volunteer_opportunities/search_projects/projcodesearch.php?projcode=hurricane+sandy&location=&neighborhood=&dow=&x=0&y=0&pass=1&page=1

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD) has posted information on how individuals can give their time or resources to those affected by the storm.  For more information, please visit: http://www.nvoad.org/help

American Red Cross Disaster Relief – Become an American Red Cross Spontaneous Volunteer by contacting Leslie R. Fletcher, Director of Volunteer Administration, at leslie.fletcher@redcross.orgor (215) 405-8558 or (267) 246-4521.

Jersey Cares – Anyone who wants to volunteer in NJ can call 1-800-JERSEY7.

Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990

The Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, year-round crisis counseling and support.  The Helpline is staffed by trained counselors from a network of crisis call centers located across the United States, all of whom provide:

  • Crisis counseling for those who are in emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster
  • Information on how to recognize distress and its effects on individuals and families
  • Tips for healthy coping
  • Disaster-specific resources and referral information.

If you would like to learn more about how to prepare your family and/or community please visitwww.ready.gov.

Our Disaster Services Unit has agency-wide responsibility for coordination of CNCS disaster services activities. The DSU provides expertise, ongoing support, and access to a network of dedicated volunteers. The DSU can be reached at DSU@cns.gov and is staffed by:

Kelly DeGraff, Director of Disaster Services and Senior Advisor to the CEO

Will Chrysanthos, Partnerships and Field Operations Officer

Katrina French, Disaster Services Program OfficerServe

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