The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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May 21, 2012

AmeriCorps executive: Volunteers still needed

JOPLIN, Mo. — Volunteers with AmeriCorps are doing more for her and her husband than just rebuilding their home at 2615 W. 32nd St. Jeanie George said Monday.

She said workers who have showed up from across the country to help in Joplin “have lifted our spirits.

“They saved us; they knew what to do when we didn’t know where to turn,” she said.

Emotional support for victims often is the by-product when AmeriCorps volunteers respond to a disaster, said Wendy Spencer, chief executive of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Spencer arrived in Joplin on Monday to tour AmeriCorps sites including the George home, where she visited with volunteers from AmeriCorps St. Louis. She was to be among federal officials to attend the Joplin High School graduation, and she will join in today’s Unity Walk, she said.

“They (volunteers) give such support because they really want to be here and help,” said Spencer, who heads AmeriCorps’ parent agency. “The main thing I’m here for is to thank the volunteers. I also want to remind people that volunteers are still  needed because there’s still work to be done.”


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