November 2, 2012
For immediate release
Contact: Jono McKinney, MCC President and CEO
Office - 406-587-4475
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Montana Conservation Corps Deploys for Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Bozeman – Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) announced today that nearly 40 of its AmeriCorps national service members are set to deploy as part of the response effort to Hurricane Sandy. MCC will deploy members on a 30 day disaster response effort in coordination with the Corporation for National and Community (CNCS) Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Utilizing the existing National Service infrastructure allows a rapid mobilization of volunteers into areas of critical need. State and federal agencies, partnering with local disaster managers, are able to leverage national service member expertise to clear fallen trees and other debris, move sand, distribute food, coordinate volunteers, and support other general relief efforts as they arise.

MCC crews gathered Friday for deployment orders and will arrive in affected areas this Saturday with tools and resources to begin work immediately. Accompanying the crews is Mario Colucci, MCC Regional Program Coordinator for Missoula. He is expected to assist local personnel in coordinating the extensive relief efforts.

“This is an all hands on deck scenario and AmeriCorps members are uniquely suited to provide immediate assistance. They have a level of efficiency and skills that make them a great resource to bring stability and aid to the beleaguered people affected by Hurricane Sandy,” stated Colucci.

Earlier this year, MCC applied for and was granted designation as a CNCS Disaster Response Corps.  Disaster Response Corps are pre-approved for CNCS’s disaster response deployment list, enabling a rapid response of boots on the ground. 

About Montana Conservation Corps
MCC is a nonprofit organization that inspires self-discovery in young people through hands-on conservation service while empowering them with the skills, values, and confidence to be leaders, stewards of the land, and engaged citizens who strengthen their communities. MCC AmeriCorps members complete diverse conservation and community projects including trails, weed management, stream restoration, tree planting, home energy retrofitting, and building improvements for local organizations. For more information, visit http://www.mtcorps.org or call 1-866-JOIN MCC.

About the Corporation for National and Community Service
CNCS, a federal agency, provides strong support, expertise, and trained and dedicated volunteers to help communities to prepare for, mitigate, respond, and recover from natural and man-made disasters. From forest fires and floods, to hurricanes and tornadoes, to terror attacks and oil spills, participants in CNCS programs have provided critical support to millions of Americans affected by disasters since 1994.

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Comments

I’m proud of this wonderful organization for giving so many young people a chance to not only help others, but help themselves to grow into strong, responsible individuals. Good luck in your everts to assist the survivors of Hurricane Sandy. And a BIG HUG to my good friend, Ashley Ting!!! You GO, GIRL!!!

Posted by Kathi McCord at November 03 2012

Many thanks for all the volunteers going to help, and shout out to my wonderful son, Jesse Bergeson who is now only 4 hours from me instead of 54! Hope i can see you, and keep safe

Posted by Jory Bender at November 04 2012

You will do Montana proud! The MCC is an incredible program for Montana and for those young men and women who make the choice to spend their time preserving those places which make our state so great.
Chance, you are just the best.  Love, Gram

Posted by Anne Seliskar at November 04 2012

We are so proud of the members of the Montana Conservation Corps. They are hard, disciplined workers and will be able to bring some relief to the people of the Greater New York area. I am personally proud of my daughter Carolan’s work with MCC. Go CC! And go MCC!

Posted by Bob Coughlin at November 05 2012

We are very proud of all MCC members! Your hard work and dedication will be a tremendous help to the people of New York! We are especially proud of our daughter Courtney, hopefully we can see you soon!!

Posted by Colleen & Gary Wall at November 09 2012

I am honored to report the Montana Conservation Corps truely accomplished a very challenging mission in Queens New York!  The American Red Cross worked alongside these amazing young folks in serving the mental and physical needs of over 500 people displaced by Hurricane Sandy at a shelter at Queens College.  I know they heard a lot of thanks and God Bless Yous, but I don’t think it could be overstated how dedicated and hardworking this group was, always smiling, optomistic and supportive.  I would love to have them by my side again in any disaster!  Please go home knowing you truely made a difference in people lives and keep up the great work.  Love ya all,  Joy

Posted by Joy Richards at November 20 2012

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