On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast shores resulting in the destruction of some the nation's most historical areas. In the ensuing days, weeks, and months, supporters came from around the U.S. to help those who were affected and begin the rebuilding process for the region.
To ensure that part of the story told by the media around the Katrina anniversary is that of the volunteer response in the days, weeks, months, and even year after, The Corporation for National and Community Service and a coalition of nonprofit organizations are working to collect "best estimates for the media" of the volunteer response in the Gulf Coast over the past year.
The information you provide will be compiled in a joint fact sheet distributed to the media with the goals of encouraging Americans to continue to volunteer and promote specific volunteer needs in the Gulf Coast, and highlighting the importance of volunteers to the nonprofit sector and our communities, particularly in times of disaster.
Help Learn and Serve America create a collective "volunteer response story" by submitting your own experience. Please complete the Katrina Relief Response form and email it to Shannon Maynard and Brad Lewis by Friday, August 10, 2006. Learn and Serve America is also interested in learning about events you or your organization has planned for the upcoming anniversaries of Hurricane Katrina or 9/11.
The Partnership and Learn and Serve America applauds the efforts of those who rushed to help their fellow Americans in a great time of need.
- Susan, National Service-Learning Partnership