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Once You’ve Worn the A, You’re Always Ready to Answer the Call

September 28, 2017

Today’s alumni highlight comes from Illinois State University’s Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development, which offers a 100% graduate tuition waiver and stipend to thank AmeriCorps Alums for their indispensable service.

On August 19, AmeriCorps alum Lindsey Earl arrived in Houston to begin her internship with local nonprofit Change Happens as part of her graduate school program requirement in the Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development program.  Lindsey had heard news coverage of an impending hurricane heading her way, but she could have never anticipated the scope of what was to occur.

Exactly one week later, as Hurricane Harvey tore through Lindsey’s new community, she answered a phone call in the hotel where she was taking refuge: the Red Cross needed her help. Lindsey arrived at the local Red Cross Headquarters and was asked to use the skills she gained in AmeriCorps to support many tasks required in the response and recovery effort.  Initially, she oriented incoming staff and created a resource guide for flood victims. Within several days she moved to the George R. Brown Convention Center emergency shelter to conduct volunteer intake, where at times she was the sole manager as over 6,000 volunteers streamed in.IMG_0085

Lindsey recently returned to her internship at Change Happens, where she will lead disaster recovery operations for the organization. She shared, “I’ve become extremely connected to the city of Houston. I truly can see the beauty in it. So many people poured in to assist those in need. It was phenomenal to watch people so eager and willing to help their neighbors.”  No matter what comes next, Lindsey will continue to get things done, building upon her AmeriCorps NCCC experiences and applying the training and coursework from the Stevenson Center.

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