My AmeriCorps story: The Joplin tornado

On May 22, 2011, one of the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history struck the town of Joplin, Mo. Within hours of the devastation, AmeriCorps arrived to assist in the emergency response and to oversee the volunteer effort. The video documents Karly Bennett, an AmeriCorps team leader as she manages her crew assist and overseeing volunteers in the massive debris cleanup throughout the city. AmeriCorps engages more than 40,000 Americans in intensive results-driven service each year. They're teaching children to read, making neighborhoods safer, building affordable homes, and responding to natural disasters. Most AmeriCorps members are selected by and serve with projects like Habit for Humanity, the American Red Cross and Boy and Girls Clubs, and many more local and national organizations. After their term of service, AmeriCorps members receive education awards to help finance college or pay back student loans. For more information go to 

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