September 05, 2006

Serve to Remember & Remember to Serve

[From the Corporation of National and Community Service and National Service-Learning Clearinghouse websites]

Hurricane Katrina revealed nature at its worst, destroying everything in its path along 90 miles of America's historic Gulf Coast. The breaching of the levees in New Orleans simultaneously created a national tragedy of epic proportions. And Hurricanes Rita and Wilma stretched the limits of America's already overtaxed ability to respond effectively—and also tested the emotional and spiritual fortitude of the survivors.

But like the horrors of September 11, 2001, the hurricanes of 2005 showed America at its best. Even before the storm made landfall, Americans opened their hearts - and their wallets - to help their fellow Americans in need. America's armies of compassion - individuals, church groups, schools, and nonprofit groups large and small - sprang to action, raising funds, conducting clothing and food drives, and organizing a myriad of other efforts to help.

On the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's making landfall, the Corporation for National and Community Service - the federal agency that administers national service programs - has released several reports, fact sheets, videos, and other materials that document the contributions that national service participants and other volunteers have made to the recovery effort.
Answer the call and let us know what you plan to do via the comments.

- Susan, National Service-Learning Partnership

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