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AmeriCorps St. Louis Fall 2016 e-Newsletter

In this Issue: Share the Warmth, Louisiana Deployment, Pack Test, Montana Moments, Springfield Governor Meeting, A-DRT Convening & Information about our shelter. 
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Share the Warmth Success!

On November 3, AmeriCorps St. Louis hosted its 8th annual Share the Warmth fundraiser. The evening was full of amazing people, great raffle prizes, and ten different chilis in our chili cook off! We had many great raffle prizes such as 4 Home Field Box seats to a Cardinals game, 2 VIP tickets to Mardi Gras, and many gift certificates to some of St. Louis’ most beloved establishments. 

Most importantly, we raised $3,840 for our Winter Warming Shelter! 

A big thank you goes out to our new VISTA members for getting contributions for our raffle, planning, setting up, and facilitating this wonderful night (a success for their first ever fundraiser!).

A huge thank you to these wonderful business and our friends who have made generous donations to Share the Warmth:            

  Purina Pet Foods  
 Civil Design, Inc.  
St. Louis University High School
Mardi Gras St. Louis
Sal Ruvulo from The Daniel & Henry Co.

Louisiana Deployment
7 ERT members were deployed to Louisiana on November 7th to assist with the AmeriCorps operation for the federally-declared flooding that occurred in August, devastating many parts of the state. For the first few weeks, members have acted as liaisons between FEMA and voluntary agencies to track down volunteer hours that will be credited against the federal cost share. So far, they have engaged over 240 organizations across the state to find almost 700,000 volunteer hours, which is projected to save Louisiana almost $8,750,000! Starting this week, some members have switched to mucking and gutting operations. We couldn't be more proud of our members, most of whom are on their first disaster deployment!

Montana Moments 

The Time I Almost Saw A Moose
by Steph Wood

There I was, on top of a hill peering down on Elk Lake Resort. It was my first project, I was nestled in the heart of Red Rock Lake Wildlife Refuge, if I was going to see a moose anywhere, it was going to be here. But lets back up a bit and talk about WHY I was on the top of a hill above my work site...
Life on Project
by Justin Bigelow

Of all the memories I have stored from my October month of service with AmeriCorps St. Louis, one stands out in particular. It isn't of any out of the ordinary moment when I was frightened or tested in some way. It's of a very mundane and calming moment during a typical day of service... 
The Longest Mile
by Jenna Tegtmeyer

It's the second week of projects and our team heads out to the project site with the idea that the hike into May Creek cabin would only be a mile. Little did we know the adventure we were in for...

Pack Test: Round 1


On a chilly morning in late October, Year 23 members took on the dreaded Pack Test, walking 3 miles while carrying 45 pounds on their backs in under 45 minutes. Regardless of times and outcomes, we are proud of all of them for stepping up and completing the challenge!

Winter Warming Shelter

Winter is approaching quickly and the chances of our Winter Warming shelter opening is increasing. We are in need of winter clothing/shoes for men and women, towels, underwear and thermals, and most importantly VOLUNTEERS

We CANNOT run our Winter Warming Shelter alone! We need your help! Please, if you live in St. Louis and can get to Soulard, come hang out with our shelter guests, watch movies, serve meals, and play games. YOU are the game changer!

Contact Mariya at Mariya@americorps-stl.org for more information or if you are interested. 
 
Even if you cannot volunteer at our Winter Warming Shelter, you can still make a HUGE difference by giving a monetary or in kind donation. Any contribution, large or small, is greatly appreciated by our shelter guests and those serving to give them a safe place to stay on frigid nights. 

Check out our Shelter Wish List to see what items are most in need!
Governor's Faith-Based & Community Service Partnership for Disaster Recovery
Bruce Bailey speaking with Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and Don Stamper of the Missouri State Commission
At the nonprofit relief agency Convoy of Hope in Springfield, Gov. Nixon participated in a roundtable with a diverse group of Missouri’s faith-based and volunteer groups that are critical to Missouri’s disaster response and recovery. In addition to top leadership from Convoy of Hope, participants included leading representatives of the Governor’s Faith-Based & Community Service Partnership for Disaster Recovery, the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, United Way, AmeriCorps St. Louis and Habitat for Humanity.
2nd Annual A-DRT Convening
Bruce Bailey, Kenan Ender, Kelley Hower, William Cretinon, and Brittany Merriman represented the ACSTL ERT at the 2nd annual AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team Convening in Austin, Texas. Members from most of the A-DRTs, as well as representatives from CNCS and the Texas State Commission, convened for 5 days of discussions, hands-on training, standard setting, and information sharing. Attendees were treated to a tour of the State Operations Center and headquarters of the Texas Conservation Corps. It was amazing to see how far the standardization of disaster trainings, safety protocols and best practices has come over the past year. One of the main focuses of the conference was creating an AmeriCorps Command Team structure, based on the Incident Command System, that every A-DRT can implement on any disaster. It was a fun and very informative week seeing old friends and meeting new ones. We are excited to see what A-DRTs can accomplish in the next year.
Technology Fundraiser
We are still fundraising for new technology! We only need $125 more to reach $1000, a third of our goal! Every little bit counts. Check out our technology fundraising page to learn more and help get the word out there.
Alumni News
*If you are an alum with big news, let us know! We want to keep your AmeriCorps family updated.  If you have any announcements, please email them to acstl.web@gmail.com
Please consider making a financial donation to AmeriCorps St. Louis to ensure our Emergency Response Team is able to continue responding. Every dollar you give means that our team is able to be out there, meeting the needs of people whose lives have been turned upside down. 
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