CAC AmeriCorps Louisiana Disaster Deployment – #DisasterServe

Article Author:
Jason Scott, CAC AmeriCorps Program Director
Based on the accounts of 2016-2017 CAC AmeriCorps members Alex Bonner, Sarah Carman, Christine Doka, Owain Heyden, Shannon Haines and Isaac Hopkins

It is Monday, August the 15th.  It is the first day of service for our AmeriCorps members at their respective project sites.  6 of these members will be called upon to make a difference that they had no idea they would be asked to make.  The previous week these members sat in a variety of training on shelter operations and damage assessment as part of CAC AmeriCorps’ new partnership with the Red Cross.  Training that they admittedly didn’t think they would ever use.  On August 12th and 13th, 2016, three times more rain fell on Louisiana than had fallen during Hurricane Katrina.  An event described as the worst US natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy.  This unprecedented rainfall from an unnamed storm resulted in catastrophic flooding displacing thousands of people from their homes.  The previous Saturday Kendra Taylor with the East Tennessee Chapter of the American Red Cross reached out to me to request members to support the response and I initiated the deployment process by reaching out to site supervisors to see who would be available for two weeks to support this operation.

Continue reading “CAC AmeriCorps Louisiana Disaster Deployment – #DisasterServe”

Like a Boss

Article Author:
Alanna McKissack, Executive Director of Keep Blount Beautiuful & CAC AmeriCorps Member 2015-2016

On my college graduation day, I like many others had no idea where my life was headed next. I had applied for numerous jobs and graduate school programs. None of which seemed to be working out for me. While graduating from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Biology was the happiest moment of my life, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do next.

Continue reading “Like a Boss”

Water you doing?! The Story of Two Years of Service!

Article Author:
Joseph Konvicka, CAC AmeriCorps member 2015-2016

If you’re reading this post, you may know a thing or two about me.  I am writing this to those who do not know me or do not know me well.  While I have become more socially connected to others during my terms of service, I am still reserved and details on my life are obscure to my peers unless coaxed out of me.  I feel like the information I am presenting is especially important to those considering serving with AmeriCorps.

Continue reading “Water you doing?! The Story of Two Years of Service!”

What If?

Article Author:
Samantha Stoklosa, CAC AmeriCorps member 2014-2015 & 2015-2016

As I approach the end of my second term as a CAC AmeriCorps member, the one question I ask myself is: “What if I had taken the other AmeriCorps position?” Before I talk about this “oh so important question,” I need to back up a little bit and start from the beginning.

Continue reading “What If?”

How #AmeriCorps Works for Sarah

Article Author:
Sarah Anderson, CAC AmeriCorps member 2015-2016 with introduction by CAC AmeriCorps Program Director, Jason Scott

When Volunteer Tennessee, our state AmeriCorps commission, asked CAC AmeriCorps to submit the profile of a stand-out member for AmeriCorps Week, everyone in the CAC AmeriCorps office felt very strongly about spotlighting Sarah Anderson.  Sarah has demonstrated tremendous initiative, perseverance and composure as she has worked with an uncharacteristically high degree of autonomy to advance the work of Keep Sevier Beautiful with creativity and passion.

Continue reading “How #AmeriCorps Works for Sarah”