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Missouri State Representatives Pass Resolution in Honor of AmeriCorps

January 30, 2012

Exciting event happening tomorrow in Missouri.  I know we are all very proud of the response of volunteers and AmeriCorps members to the disaster in Joplin last year.  A fitting honor to noble Americans that served their community in a time of tragedy.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Aoife McCarthy, CNCS

Monday, January 30, 2012

amccarthy@cns.gov, 202-606-6944

**MEDIA ADVISORY**


Missouri House of Representatives to Honor AmeriCorps for Indispensable Role in Joplin Recovery

Jefferson City, Mo. –  The Missouri House of Representatives will pass a resolution on Tuesday honoring AmeriCorps members from across the country who have played an indispensable role in helping the city of Joplin recover from the devastating tornado that struck the city on May 22, 2011.

Led by State Representatives Bill White (R-Joplin) and Charlie Davis (R-Duquesne), the resolution commends AmeriCorps members from 20 organizations from seven states who served in Joplin in the wake of the tornado, the nation’s deadliest in more than sixty years. 

A ceremony with Missouri House Representatives, federal and state officials, and AmeriCorps members and program directors will be held at 9:00 a.m., followed by the vote on the resolution on the House floor at 10:00 a.m. A photo opportunity with AmeriCorps members, lawmakers and invited guests will take place at 10:45 a.m.

The first AmeriCorps members arrived within hours after the tornado struck, and more than 300 have served since then, providing vital services and mobilizing more than 60,000 volunteers who have been essential to the city’s recovery.  At the ceremony, AmeriCorps officials will announce commitments of additional AmeriCorps members to support Joplin’s long-term recovery.

WHO:            

  • State Rep. Bill White (R-Joplin)
  • State Rep. Charlie Davis (R-Duquesne)
  • Kate Raftery, Director, AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC)
  • Jono Anzalone, FEMA Region VII Voluntary Agency Liaison
  • Darla Armstrong, AmeriCorps VISTA, former Joplin School teacher
  • Lynae Dempsey, Team Leader, AmeriCorps NCCC and native of Pacific, MO
  • Linda Thompson, Executive Director, Missouri Community Service Commission
  • Bruce Bailey, Executive Director, AmeriCorps St. Louis

WHAT:          Ceremony followed by House vote on House Resolution 244

WHEN:          Tuesday, January 31, at 9:00 a.m. CST

WHERE:       Missouri State Capitol, Hearing Room 1

The on the ground contact is Will Chrysanthos who can be reached via email at wchrysanthos@cns.gov or at 202-491-2553. Press is welcome to attend both the ceremony and the vote. Reporters will be asked to view from the House Gallery.

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