Monday, May 5, 2014

AmeriCorps NCCC Provides Vital Services to Mississippi Communities After Deadly Severe Weather

The following is a press release provided by the AmeriCorps NCCC Southern Region campus. 

Mantachie, MS, May 05, 2014 --( Approximately 103 national service members have deployed or are pending deployment to Arkansas, Mississippi and Kansas in response to Monday’s deadly severe weather outbreak.

Some 34 AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members, based at the AmeriCorps NCCC Southern Region Campus in Vicksburg, are deploying to three locations in Mississippi to provide assistance: Tupelo in Lee County, Mantachie in Itawamba County and Louisville in Winston County.

NCCC members in Tupelo and Mantachie will help to run a 1,000-person volunteer debris cleanup event sponsored by the United Way of Northeast Mississippi and many other agencies in Tupelo.

“Our NCCC members are eager to work day and night to help Mississippians at their time of greatest need,” said Rich Smith, Deputy Region Director for Programming at the Vicksburg campus. “We’re just a phone call away when disaster responders need additional hands.”

Three AmeriCorps NCCC and FEMA Corps teams are serving on projects across the state:

  • Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service – Mantachie, MS
    • The team of 13 will assist the Itawamba County Office of Emergency Management with operating a volunteer recovery center in Mantachie, MS and assist with coordinating a 1,000-person volunteer debris cleanup event.
  • NECHAMA Jewish Response to Disaster – Tupelo, MS
    • The team of 13 will serve in Tupelo, helping to clear debris from Monday’s tornadoes and coordinate unaffiliated volunteers.

  • FEMA – Louisville, MS
    • The team of seven, part of the NCCC FEMA Corps program, will work directly with disaster survivors throughout the county to ensure they have information about assistance available through FEMA and other community resources.

This press release contains information regarding AmeriCorps NCCC and FEMA Corps teams serving out of the Southern Region. For more information about AmeriCorps NCCC or FEMA Corps, please visit
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