Wise, VA -- About 50 AmeriCorps National Civilian Conservation Corps (NCC) volunteers are here helping Hurley residents recover in the aftermath of the recent severe storms and flooding.
AmeriCorps is a national service program of young men and women between the ages of 18 and 24 from all over the country. The members are given education awards in exchange for community service and work on everything from environmental projects to disaster relief.
The volunteers will help homeowners remove flood-damaged items from their homes and yards. The program is geared for the elderly and disabled whose homes are repairable. It is important to note that before AmeriCorps can do any work on private property, flood victims must sign a consent form allowing the volunteers on their property.
Other volunteers from the Hurley area are needed for cleanup crews (for housecleaning and debris removal), food distribution, unloading trucks, sorting donations and home repairs. Also, anyone with steam cleaning equipment and experience would be greatly appreciated.
Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing, such as boots, long pants and work gloves. They may also need to bring their own equipment, such as shovels, wheelbarrows and other tools. Anyone needing a volunteer or who would like to volunteer can call: 1-866-358-2344.