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AmeriCorps and Sandy


National Service in the News


4 Stranded dolphins rescued on Cape
Associated Press, November 23, 2012
Rescuers and volunteers from IFAW, AmeriCorps and the National Park Service released one dolphin bull and three cows from Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown.

AmeriCorps NCCC

AmeriCorps available to help local homeowners
Shore News Today (New Jersey), November 29, 2012
The Brigantine Beach Community Center was able to offer new assistance this week as representatives of FEMA’s AmeriCorps came to town. Two six-person teams, one from the Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) and the other from the Minnesota Conservation Corps, arrived in Brigantine to set up a Volunteer Reception Center.

AmeriCorps VISTA

VISTA member works to help inmates transition back into society
KRTV.com (Montana), November 30, 2012
Jill Jennings, a volunteer in the AmeriCorps VISTA program, has dedicated the last year of her life to creating a transition coalition in Great Falls to help inmates integrate back into society and become productive citizens.

Senior Corps

Achieve More Initative proves great success during Minnesota College Application Week
Crookston Times (Minnesota), November 29, 2012
Launched in fall 2012, the project is a collaborative effort among the Center for Adult Learning (CAL), the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and the Crookston Area Chamber of Commerce.

Social Innovation Fund

ActionAIDS awarded large national grant
EPGN (Pennsylvania), November 22, 2012
The Prison Linkage Program allows ActionAIDS case workers to connect with the HIV-positive prison population and ensure proper access to medical care and other resources upon their release. The funding is made possible by a grant from the Social Innovation Fund. The other awardees are headquartered in Alabama, Indiana, Louisiana and California.

Hurricane Sandy

Young FEMA Corps volunteers appreciated by Sandy victims
Atlantic City Press (New Jersey), November 28, 2012
When FEMA arrived after Hurricane Sandy the workers included young volunteers from a new FEMA Corps program started in March as part of a partnership between FEMA and the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps program.

Club Red, Disaster Relief Group, Offers Assistance to Victims of Sandy
Elizabethtown College (Pennsylvania), November 28, 2012
Creme is also an AmeriCorps scholar. Because she is an AmeriCorps scholar, Creme had to pick a primary organization as her focus for volunteering. Creme, with her friends senior Caitlin Cecco and senior Elyse Archambeault, looked at some of the work that the Red Cross was already working on and together the girls figured out what they could do to help out the College and the surrounding community.

Reorganized Red Cross in N.J. faced first test during Hurricane Sandy
Independent Press (New Jersey), November 28, 2012
FEMA community relations staff and FEMA Corps personnel help Red Cross volunteers at the FEMA center in Springfield provide household items and clothing donated for Hurricane Sandy relief.

FEMA Officials Praise Hoopa Service Teams
Two Rivers Tribune (California), November 27, 2012
Hoopa AmeriCorps and Tribal Civilian Community Corps (TCCC) members were praised by U.S. government officials for their hard work and dedication as part of the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New York.

FEMA Mobile Disaster Assistance Center Open in Mastic, Southold and East Hampton
Hamptons.com, November 27, 2012
There will be a FEMA mobile disaster assistance center in Mastic, Southold and East Hampton over the next couple of days.

Coney Island: a month after Hurricane Sandy, still in need
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel(Wisconsin), November 26, 2012
The backbone of the volunteer efforts consisted of church-based volunteers, AmeriCorps members from throughout the country who were staying at a union hall in Queens, and local organizations such as the Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing & Able initiative that is a transitional work program for those with a history of homelessness or substance abuse. They are there for the long haul.

Jamie Rappaport Clark, Defenders of Wildlife

Thank You!

Let’s not sugarcoat it — these are tough times for wildlife lovers. But even the darkest times have inspiring moments.Thanks to you and other steadfast wildlife lovers, we have some important victories to celebrate from this past year. Here are three things we are thankful for here at Defenders:Make Way for Bison! We took a giant step in 2012 toward returning wild bison to the heart of their historic range in America’s Great Plains. Sixty one pure American bison from Yellowstone National Park made a 500-mile journey to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Eastern Montana. The move marks the beginning of efforts to restore wild bison herds of 1,000 or more to areas where they once thundered in the millions.

Roadless Rule Upheld. The Supreme Court handed conservationists a huge victory when they rejected an appeal to the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, allowing this rule to stay intact. The provision, signed by President Clinton in 2001, bans road construction or timber harvesting in nearly 60 million acres of National Forest lands. The rule protects more than 1,600 vulnerable wild plant and animal species whose habitat would be at risk if road building was permitted.

A Lone Wolf Arrives in California. There has not been a wild wolf in California since the 1920s. That is until OR-7, a young male born in Eastern Oregon, made his way into Northern California’s Cascades region early this year. It was a landmark moment for wolf conservation, and for a while OR-7 was undoubtedly the world’s most famous wolf.

We here at Defenders cannot thank you enough for your passionate support in 2012. Let’s draw encouragement and renewed energy from these wins to meet the conservation challenges ahead!

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Jamie Rappaport Clark
Sincerely,Jamie Rappaport Clark
Defenders of Wildlife