AmeriCorps St. Louis Newsletter May 2013
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May 2013 e-Newsletter

  • Hazelwood Tornado Response
  • Clarksville Flood Relief
  • MCSC Awards Ceremony
  • St. Louis Serves Day
Above: ACSTL Members brief together before heading out into the field.

Hazelwood Tornado Response


On April 10th an F2 tornado tore through Hazelwood and the surrounding areas, just north of St. Louis City. Many residents experienced severe tree damage and several homes were left uninhabitable. It wasn't long before a coordinated response was initiated by AmeriCorps St. Louis, the United Way and city officials. 

Since our initial arrival in mid-April, ACSTL has been working to assess homeowner needs, clear debris, and provide tree service to those affected. ACSTL plans to provide services to the community throughout the upcoming weeks.

Above: ACSTL Member Ray Wagner and volunteers work together to construct a sandbag wall. 
Clarksville Flood Relief

During the week of April 14th, 2013 heavy rainfall and melting snow threatened many parts of the country, in particular, the Midwest. As the Mississippi River began to rise the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) called upon AmeriCorps St. Louis (ACSTL) to travel to Clarksville, Missouri to assist in the flood fight.

On Wednesday April, 17th, 25 Members of the ACSTL Emergency Response Team deployed to the northeastern Missouri town of Clarksville, whereupon they immediately began constructing floodwalls, sandbagging, and establishing a volunteer reception center (VRC).

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Above: left to right - Dave Culhane (ACSTL), Kasey Bergh (Nestlé Purina), Chelsea Bodamer (ACSTL), Terry Mason (Faultless Healthcare Linen), Mike Bodnar (Faultless Healthcare Linen)
MCSC Awards Ceremony

On April 25th the Missouri Community Service Commission (MCSC) recognized those making a difference across the state at their Annual Celebration of Service and Volunteerism in Columbia, Missouri. The following awards were conferred to our Members and community partners:
  • Community partner Maureen Costello was awarded the Show Me Service Award for her service to the homeless through the St. Louis homeless Winter Outreach volunteer group.
  • ACSTL City-Wide Service Team Members Chelsea Bodamer and Dave Culhane were both awarded the Missouri Service Award for their exemplary terms of service. 
  • Community partner Faultless Healthcare Linen received the Partners in Service Award for their donation of laundry services to nine emergency winter shelters. Nestlé Purina also received a Partners in Service Award for their extreme office makeovers benefiting the community, including a renovation to the ACSTL office.
 
Thank you to the MCSC for the incredible recognition! 
 
 
Above: Volunteers and ACSTL alumni pose for a picture at Bentil Community Garden.
St. Louis Serves Day 2013

More than 150 community volunteers joined AmeriCorps St. Louis on Saturday, April 20th for the 10th annual St. Louis Serves Day. Serving alongside AmeriCorps Members and alumni, community volunteers served a combined 450 hours while completing “done-in-a-day” projects at 10 local nonprofit organizations. Projects ranged from interior painting at a home for autistic adults to gardening at an urban farm that provides career training for refugees. Even St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, along with several of his staff members, showed up to lend a hand during the daylong celebration of service. Thanks to all who helped make Serves Day a success! 

 View photos from the various projects here.
 

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In the News

  • KSDK - Clarksville, MO Still Needs Volunteers to Sandbag
  • KHQA - Clarksville Community Rolls Up Sleeves to Meet the Rising River
  • KHQA - This Morning Calls for Volunteers for Clarksville
  • Sedalia News Journal - MO Guardsmen Provide Flood Response Assistance in Clarksville, Dutchtown
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