Several organizations are currently partnering with March2Recovery to help rebuild Henryville and the surrounding area following the March 2, 2012 tornado. These include Habitat for Humanity of Indiana and AmeriCorps NCCC. AmeriCorps NCCC team Cedar 6 has been working with Habitat for Humanity since July 16, 2012. They have been dividing their time between Madison, where they are transforming an unused building into a new Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and Henryville, where they are preparing a warehouse full of supplies for the Builder’s Blitz scheduled for mid-October. The team has been organizing tools, building shelves and constructing walls for the future homes.
Team Leader Courtney Miskell of New York heads up the ten member team, which includes Shoshana Felenchak from New Hampshire, Brandon Gutterige from Missouri, Anzolia Stancil from North Carolina, Sara Butler from Florida, Chris Bannister from Maryland, Kristine Galusz from New Jersey and Jason Flemke and Janae Wohlgemuth from Minnesota. Cedar 6 will finish their project in Indiana in September, and a new AmeriCorps NCCC team will begin working with Habitat for Humanity. For their next project, Cedar 6 is heading to Michigan, where they will be doing trail building and invasive species removal.
AmeriCorps NCCC is a team based service program, where 18 to 24 year olds spend ten months working on several different community service projects. The projects cover the areas of disaster relief, environmental conservation, energy conservation, urban and rural development and infrastructure improvement. Corps members are trained in first aid, disaster shelter management and conflict resolution, among other things. Members receive a modest living stipend and, after finishing the program, they receive an education grant of $5,550 that can be used to pay for schooling or to pay off student loans.
Written by Emma Prichard
Emma is part of an AmeriCorps NCCC team currently working at the March 2 Recovery Volunteer Reception Center in Henryville, Indiana.