More Than 500,000 Americans Served in Hurricane Katrina's Aftermath

Volunteers Still Needed, National Service Agency Says



Aug 18, 2006, 01:00 ET from Corporation for National and Community Service

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- More than half a million Americans
 have journeyed to the Gulf Coast in the past year to volunteer in hurricane
 relief and recovery efforts, according to the Corporation for National and
 Community Service. The figures compiled by the agency also reveal that tens
 of millions more people, while not traveling to the Gulf region, supported
 relief efforts in a variety of ways.
     "The volunteer response has been one of the most essential and positive
 forces driving success in Gulf Coast recovery," said David Eisner, CEO of
 the Corporation. "America salutes the passion, commitment, and dedication
 of these citizens." However, according to Eisner, much more remains to be
 done. Nonprofit organizations and disaster relief agencies are still in
 need of volunteers as hurricane recovery efforts enter their second year.
 "If you've ever thought of being a hero, now is the time to step forward
 and Serve to Remember. Remember to Serve," he said.
     Those who journeyed to the Gulf arrived solo and in groups -- people of
 faith, college students, retirees, and professionals. Once they arrived,
 they stayed in makeshift lodgings while they provided temporary shelter to
 evacuees, fed survivors, cleared debris, and gutted homes. The Red Cross
 alone marshaled 220,000 volunteers to the area. Others groups and
 individuals found ways to help from afar, by organizing fundraising drives,
 shipping supplies to those in need, and adopting evacuee families who
 relocated to new communities.
     "The damage of the hurricane highlighted problems that plague our
 country, including poverty and racial inequality, but it revealed something
 else -- the power of volunteers and the role of national service in
 mobilizing resources and building the capacity of local nonprofit groups,"
 Eisner said. "National service participants played a key role in helping
 the Red Cross by setting up call centers, operating shelters, and assisting
 on mobile food units. In all, more than 33,800 national service volunteers
 -- Senior Corps volunteers, AmeriCorps members, and Learn and Serve America
 students -- have contributed nearly 1.5 million hours to hurricane recovery
 efforts. Equally significant, they have coordinated or enabled the work of
 an additional 75,600 community volunteers."
     Eisner stressed that national service participants will be an integral
 part of the continuing recovery efforts in the Gulf region. "We are
 committed to supporting individual participants as they serve in the area,
 as well as helping organizations expand their capacity to respond to the
 tremendous needs that still must be met. National service will be part of
 the recovery effort until it is complete."
     The results of these volunteer efforts include:
 
     -- 40 million pounds of food distributed by Catholic Charities' Second
        Harvest Food Bank;
     -- 6.6 million hot meals served by Salvation Army volunteers;
     -- 18,725 displaced families supported by Traveler's Aid volunteers;
     -- Spring Break trips devoted to hurricane relief efforts brought 10,000
        college students to the Gulf Region; and
     -- Nearly 1,000 AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps members were
        deployed to the Gulf for most of their 10-month term of service.
     These facts and figures attempt to capture the incredible outpouring of
 compassion by our nation's volunteers. They represent "best estimates"
 based on self-reported data from volunteer-driven organizations in an
 effort to account for the overall volunteer contributions to the relief and
 recovery efforts.
     "As we look back on this year following the storm, we can assess the
 great accomplishments made by volunteers, but we also have to be aware that
 volunteers are still desperately needed," Eisner said. "Their activities
 must by organized and coordinated to ensure that each volunteer's
 contribution is effective and productive. In this, the Corporation is
 playing an increasingly significant role based on key successes of the past
 year."
     The following organizations played significant roles in supporting
 volunteer-led activities in the Gulf in partnered together in assembling
 the statistics shared today by the Corporation: America's Promise, American
 Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Louisiana, Big Brothers
 Big Sisters, Bonner Foundation, Campfire Girls USA, Campus Compact,
 Catholic Charities, Common Ground Relief, Community Action Partnership,
 Habitat for Humanity, Hands on Network, Independent Sector, Jewish Family
 Services, Junior League International, KaBOOM!, Katrina Aid Today, National
 Human Services Assembly, National Volunteer Organizations Active in
 Disaster, National Youth Leadership Council, Nazarene Compassionate
 Ministries, Noah's Wish, National Peace Corps Association, Operation NOAH
 Rebuild, Northern American Mission Board, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance,
 Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network,
 RandomKid, Salvation Army, Travelers Aid International, United Methodist
 Committee on Relief, USA Freedom Corps, United Way, VOLUNTEERMATCH,
 Volunteers of America, YWCA of the USA, and Youth Service America.
     The Corporation for National and Community Service improves lives,
 strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and
 volunteering. Each year, the Corporation provides opportunities for nearly
 2 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds to serve their communities
 and country through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America.
 Together with the USA Freedom Corps, the Corporation is working to build a
 culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility in America. For more
 information on the Corporation, go to http://www.nationalservice.gov.
 
 

SOURCE Corporation for National and Community Service
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- More than half a million Americans
 have journeyed to the Gulf Coast in the past year to volunteer in hurricane
 relief and recovery efforts, according to the Corporation for National and
 Community Service. The figures compiled by the agency also reveal that tens
 of millions more people, while not traveling to the Gulf region, supported
 relief efforts in a variety of ways.
     "The volunteer response has been one of the most essential and positive
 forces driving success in Gulf Coast recovery," said David Eisner, CEO of
 the Corporation. "America salutes the passion, commitment, and dedication
 of these citizens." However, according to Eisner, much more remains to be
 done. Nonprofit organizations and disaster relief agencies are still in
 need of volunteers as hurricane recovery efforts enter their second year.
 "If you've ever thought of being a hero, now is the time to step forward
 and Serve to Remember. Remember to Serve," he said.
     Those who journeyed to the Gulf arrived solo and in groups -- people of
 faith, college students, retirees, and professionals. Once they arrived,
 they stayed in makeshift lodgings while they provided temporary shelter to
 evacuees, fed survivors, cleared debris, and gutted homes. The Red Cross
 alone marshaled 220,000 volunteers to the area. Others groups and
 individuals found ways to help from afar, by organizing fundraising drives,
 shipping supplies to those in need, and adopting evacuee families who
 relocated to new communities.
     "The damage of the hurricane highlighted problems that plague our
 country, including poverty and racial inequality, but it revealed something
 else -- the power of volunteers and the role of national service in
 mobilizing resources and building the capacity of local nonprofit groups,"
 Eisner said. "National service participants played a key role in helping
 the Red Cross by setting up call centers, operating shelters, and assisting
 on mobile food units. In all, more than 33,800 national service volunteers
 -- Senior Corps volunteers, AmeriCorps members, and Learn and Serve America
 students -- have contributed nearly 1.5 million hours to hurricane recovery
 efforts. Equally significant, they have coordinated or enabled the work of
 an additional 75,600 community volunteers."
     Eisner stressed that national service participants will be an integral
 part of the continuing recovery efforts in the Gulf region. "We are
 committed to supporting individual participants as they serve in the area,
 as well as helping organizations expand their capacity to respond to the
 tremendous needs that still must be met. National service will be part of
 the recovery effort until it is complete."
     The results of these volunteer efforts include:
 
     -- 40 million pounds of food distributed by Catholic Charities' Second
        Harvest Food Bank;
     -- 6.6 million hot meals served by Salvation Army volunteers;
     -- 18,725 displaced families supported by Traveler's Aid volunteers;
     -- Spring Break trips devoted to hurricane relief efforts brought 10,000
        college students to the Gulf Region; and
     -- Nearly 1,000 AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps members were
        deployed to the Gulf for most of their 10-month term of service.
     These facts and figures attempt to capture the incredible outpouring of
 compassion by our nation's volunteers. They represent "best estimates"
 based on self-reported data from volunteer-driven organizations in an
 effort to account for the overall volunteer contributions to the relief and
 recovery efforts.
     "As we look back on this year following the storm, we can assess the
 great accomplishments made by volunteers, but we also have to be aware that
 volunteers are still desperately needed," Eisner said. "Their activities
 must by organized and coordinated to ensure that each volunteer's
 contribution is effective and productive. In this, the Corporation is
 playing an increasingly significant role based on key successes of the past
 year."
     The following organizations played significant roles in supporting
 volunteer-led activities in the Gulf in partnered together in assembling
 the statistics shared today by the Corporation: America's Promise, American
 Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Louisiana, Big Brothers
 Big Sisters, Bonner Foundation, Campfire Girls USA, Campus Compact,
 Catholic Charities, Common Ground Relief, Community Action Partnership,
 Habitat for Humanity, Hands on Network, Independent Sector, Jewish Family
 Services, Junior League International, KaBOOM!, Katrina Aid Today, National
 Human Services Assembly, National Volunteer Organizations Active in
 Disaster, National Youth Leadership Council, Nazarene Compassionate
 Ministries, Noah's Wish, National Peace Corps Association, Operation NOAH
 Rebuild, Northern American Mission Board, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance,
 Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network,
 RandomKid, Salvation Army, Travelers Aid International, United Methodist
 Committee on Relief, USA Freedom Corps, United Way, VOLUNTEERMATCH,
 Volunteers of America, YWCA of the USA, and Youth Service America.
     The Corporation for National and Community Service improves lives,
 strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and
 volunteering. Each year, the Corporation provides opportunities for nearly
 2 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds to serve their communities
 and country through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America.
 Together with the USA Freedom Corps, the Corporation is working to build a
 culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility in America. For more
 information on the Corporation, go to http://www.nationalservice.gov.
 
 SOURCE Corporation for National and Community Service