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MLK Day of ServiceCommunities Gearing Up for Massive
Day of Service on King Holiday

President-elect Obama's Call Boosts Momentum

Communities and nonprofits across the country are gearing up for a record number of volunteers on the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal holiday, fueled by President-elect Obama’s call for Americans to serve on King Day and throughout the year. Organizers of the annual service day say momentum is building in the wake of the President-elect’s call and the timing of the holiday coming one day before the Inauguration. In addition to asking Americans to serve, President-elect Obama, Vice President-elect Biden, and their families will participate in service on the January 19 holiday in the Washington D.C. area.

“In this time of economic distress, Americans need to realize Dr. King’s dream of a better America. Service is a solution to some of our toughest challenges, and service is needed now more than ever,” said Nicola Goren, Acting CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “As Americans make their New Year’s resolutions, we hope volunteering will be at the top of the list, starting on the King Holiday and lasting throughout out the year.”  > Learn more

AmeriCorps Helps Texans Recover from Hurricane Ike

The Hurricane Ike recovery efforts are proving to be a training ground for a young generation of Americans interested in giving something back to their country. Teams of AmeriCorps' National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), ages 18 to 24, began arriving in the Gulf Coast area during the first week of October, not long after the Sept. 13 presidential disaster declaration. The teams, of typically 10–12 members, arrived by van from any one of the four NCCC's regional bases, where they receive their initial training.

Assigned to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), members were trained to assist with damage assessments, conduct housing needs' interviews, and help identify solutions for those displaced by the storm. They were assigned duties in the FEMA/State Joint Field Office in Austin, and in the disaster recovery centers located throughout the affected counties. > Learn more


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