National Service Blog
Posted on May 21, 2013
Ed Note: Check back here for more information. We’ll continue updating this post as the response effort develops.
“So the people of Moore should know that their country will remain on the ground, there for them, beside them as long as it takes…And what they can be certain of is that Americans from every corner of this country will be right there with them, opening our homes, our hearts to those in need. Because we're a nation that stands with our fellow citizens as long as it takes. We've seen that spirit in Joplin, in Tuscaloosa; we saw that spirit in Boston and Breezy Point. And that’s what the people of Oklahoma are going to need from us right now.” -- President Barack Obama, May 21, 2013
President Obama’s words remind us of the remarkable way in which Americans across the country will unite after tragedy strikes, just as they have done in the wake of the devastating tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma yesterday.
As with so many other tragedies that shake our communities, the outpouring of support and desire to help that followed this disaster brings hope. Here are a few ways you can help:
In the immediate aftermath, cash donations are the most efficient way to support recovery efforts. They enable relief organizations to reaction quickly to provide the most relevant supplies and services.
Tragically, in the wake of disasters, fraudulent charities can spring up to take advantage of people eager to help affected communities. Learn how to donate responsibly with these resources from the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster site.
Don't Self-Deploy or Send Unsolicited Donations
The urge to help is inspiring in times of disaster, but arriving to scene of a disaster unexpected can be dangerous. If you’re interested in volunteering in Oklahoma, please wait until the area is safe and response organizations begin to request volunteers. We will update this post when organizations are in need of volunteers.
The arrival of unsolicited donated items can be a distraction from important disaster response and recovery activities. Please wait until communities assess and confirm their needs before sending anything. At that time, you can make your donations through non-profits in the National Donations Management Network.
The need for blood rises during disasters, and this problem is exacerbated in affected areas where blood drives may have been cancelled. You can locate information about donating through the American Red Cross or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.
Affiliate with existing non-profit organizations before coming to the disaster area. Immediately following a disaster, a community can become easily overwhelmed by the amount of generous people who want to help. Working with an established organization will help to ensure that you are appropriately trained to respond in the most effective way.
Be patient: Recovery lasts a lot longer than the media attention. There will be volunteer needs for many months, often years, after the disaster - especially when the community enters the long-term recovery period.
There continues to be a risk of severe weather in the Plains and Midwest. Listen carefully to instructions from local officials and monitor local radio or TV stations or the National Weather Service. For more information about how to prepare, respond to, and recover from any type of disaster visit www.ready.gov.
- Find Friends and Family
Phone lines are frequently overloaded after a disaster and communication can be challenging. Let your family and friends know that you’re safe by registering with Safe and Well after a disaster: https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php.
- Receive Updates
FEMA on Twitter and Facebook and Blog
American Red Cross Newsroom and Twitter
Posted on May 10, 2013
All this week we have celebrated the extraordinary contributions of the 360,000 men and women who make up our Senior Corps.
Posted on May 8, 2013
This week, the Corporation for National and Community Service, elected officials, and community leaders are marking the contributions of Senior Corps volunteers across the country. In fact, more than 40 governors have issued proclamations for Senior Corps Week. Senior Corps taps the skills and experience of more than 360,000 Americans age 55 and over to meet a wide range of community needs through the Foster Grandparent Program, RSVP, and the Senior Companion Program.
Posted on May 4, 2013
Welcome to the new online home for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). You’ve probably noticed that we’ve made a few changes to the look and feel of our site, so we’ve put together this short guide to navigating the site and finding what you need.
Posted on Apr 29, 2013
Six months ago, Hurricane Sandy struck communities all along the East Coast.
Posted on Apr 26, 2013
In recent days, we have witnessed remarkable acts of courage and compassion in the wake of tragedy. From the first responders in Boston who ran into danger to treat the wounded, to the volunteers who built floodwalls to save their Midwestern towns, to the firefighters who rushed in to battle a raging fire in West, Texas, citizens came together to help when it was needed most. Time and again, we have seen the courage and heroism of first responders and ordinary citizens after tragedy strikes.
Posted on Apr 23, 2013
The following post was originally published on the White House Blog on April 22, 2013. Becky Fried is a Communications and Policy Analyst at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.
Posted on Apr 22, 2013
Every October, millions of people across the nation volunteer their time during Make A Difference Day to make their communities better places to live. This week, 10 projects and three cities will be honored with Make A Difference Awards, and several national service participants – including two AmeriCorps members – will be recognized.
Posted on Apr 19, 2013
Don’t miss this year’s National Conference on Volunteering and Service… or the early-bird registration rate!
Posted on Apr 18, 2013
This month is full of volunteering and community impact. National Volunteer Week is April 21-27, followed by a weekend where millions of young people across the country will participate in the 2013 Global Youth Service Day taking place on April 26-28. These days of service are great opportunities for everyone to get out and volunteer in their own community. You can find volunteer opportunities at Serve.gov.
Posted on Apr 12, 2013