AmeriCorps mobilized to provide flooding recovery support

May 11, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo—Today, the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) announced that the Corporation for National & Community Service is dispatching several teams of AmeriCorps volunteers to help those affected by the recent flooding in the St. Louis area and in Van Buren. AmeriCorps, which resides in the Missouri Community Service Commission of DED, has 40 volunteers working in the field in the disaster-stricken areas in St. Louis to help those in need. Additional teams are being deployed to serve in Van Buren.

AmeriCorps volunteers are working with local community action agencies to assist residents with debris removal and cleanup left behind by the recent flooding as well as neighborhood cleanup and general support to families in need. This response operation focuses on supporting local emergency management with volunteer operations, call center and data base management, homeowner assistance, volunteer and donations management, and technical support and capacity building to local agencies to support their long term recovery efforts. 

Those in need of service, interested in volunteering or interested in donating to help with the recovery efforts should contact The United Way at 2-1-1 or at 211helps.org.

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The Missouri Community Service Commission (MCSC) is a Governor-appointed state service commission located within the Missouri Department of Economic Development. Its mission is to connect Missourians of all ages and backgrounds in an effort to improve unmet community needs through direct and tangible service. The MCSC serves as the administrator of AmeriCorps State funding in Missouri by awarding monetary grants and providing technical assistance and support to its sub-grantees.

AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.