I remember one homeowner being brought to tears by the sight of over 40 strangers helping her bring some order to her life and recovering the photographs which make up so many of [her] memories.
I learned how to be a better friend and teammate, how to lead a group of my peers, how to be flexible in ever-changing conditions. I became a more outgoing and capable person. And I made some of the best friends I will ever have.
I have enjoyed working alongside AmeriCorps these past 3 weeks. What an awesome group of hard workers, leaders, and encouragers! They have done an excellent job of organizing and leading the volunteers that come to help Joplin - from all over the world - everyday. You get a huge thumbs up from me!
There is so much to be gained by sincerely caring about those you serve and work alongside.
Incalculable healing begins when a group such as [AmeriCorps St. Louis] follows in the ebb of retreating flood water - bringing concern, support, willingness to work, and the living proof that the outside world has taken notice of the struggles of a stricken community. The youthful energy and vitality of the [AmeriCorps St. Louis Emergency Response Team] beacons to inner strength and commitment in those they are serving, fostering hope and encouraging action.
The St Louis AmeriCorps ERT is one of our state’s most valuable disaster assets. Even the turnover in team members from year to year does not affect the capabilities of the team. I earnestly promote them where ever I go. They have so many genuine capabilities, it as if you just add water, shake gently, and poof - they can meet the gap in a responding or recovering community. Leadership is consistently good, quality of character of members is consistently above reproach. They are the epitome of a collaborative ethic in working with all other partner agencies. Amazing asset for Missouri and the nation.
I cannot express how much we appreciate the help provided by AmeriCorps. They were professional and well trained to the task. Their help made an immediate impact in our response and volunteer management activities. We learned a lot by seeing them in action. I have taken some of the things they have done and used them as best practices in recent meetings and exercises. Their example has helped our CRI/MSA develop our own volunteer reception center plan.
The AmeriCorps St. Louis Emergency Response Team was a key partner in Response and early Recovery to the Spring Flood that impacted Northwest Florida. The Team helped ensure that survivors with unmet needs didn’t fall through the safety net provided by human services organization in Northwest Florida. I highly recommend the AmeriCorps St. Louis Team to any organization or community that is beyond its capacity to address disaster caused needs.
I have had the professional pleasure of working with the AmeriCorps Teams in Oklahoma and Florida, and their contributions have always improved and enhanced the disaster recovery process for the survivors. They are well trained and extremely knowledgeable, and it is always a pleasure to collaborate.
Thank you for all your support during the Tazewell County response and recovery! We were able to coordinate and mobilize volunteers MUCH more effectively with your assistance. And we truly appreciate your help in training up Bethany Community Church prior to your departure so we could continue your work - Bethany has now developed a training module that is being shared with others in the community so we will be ready when the next disaster strikes.
The assistance and support of AmeriCorps St, Louis to the City of Clarksville is valued beyond word descriptions. The City’s successful flood defense in a number of years is due in major part to the stellar efforts of members of AmeriCorps. We are grateful!
I had heard of AmeriCorps but really knew nothing about it. I was truly impressed with these bright hard-working young people. I heard so many wonderful stories from them about what they are learning through their experiences. It gives me hope, knowing they are our leaders of tomorrow.
The AmeriCorps St. Louis team was an incredible asset and we were honored to work with them as we began our recovery from the devastation of flooding that occurred in April 2014.
I am sure there is always room for improvement in any organization, but our church worked with AmeriCorps in both June and again in July and we have no complaints or fantastic ideas on how to accomplish what you did. To see almost complete devastation in the beginning of June and by the end of July some rebuilding starting to take place is amazing. I am hearing the clean-up is complete at this time and think you have used a bunch of unskilled but willing nobodies from all over the country and did what most governmental agencies can’t accomplish in years. I’ll vote for ya! Good work!!
You and your crew have done an exceptional job. Thank you for not only your hard work but that of all the different AmeriCorps groups that have come to Joplin to help us in our time of need. It is through your efforts that we are more rapidly able to recover from the devastation left in the wake of the May 22nd tornado. You and your volunteers should be proud of what you have helped us accomplish in such a short period of time.
I am originally from Joplin and have lived for the past 25 years in Tallahassee Florida. I have many family and friends who still live in the Joplin area. After the tornado I knew I would be coming up to help. I contacted the church I was raised in from Joplin, the diocese in Kansas City, my local Red Cross and a private non-profit in KC, Missouri and got no leads about how I could volunteer in Joplin. Your forms were on-line, your calendar of volunteer activities were online, when I called the numbers listed you answered. You had buses set up to go to the work sites, you had team leaders who knew what they were doing, you had water and food for all volunteers. I have 35 years of volunteering in the community under my belt and I have never worked with a more professional group of organizers as I did with those from AmeriCorps in Joplin. God Bless you.