Meet The AmeriCorps NCCC Southwest Region Team.
Ten AmeriCorps's members arrived in Brazoria County at the beginning of April this year. The team, ages ranging from 18-24, collaborated with United Way of Brazoria County to rebuild Holiday Lakes from the devastating June 2016 flood. "We've repaired a total of 6 homes so far. We have gained so many skills in construction, disaster recovery, youth development and food security since arriving in Brazoria County." Said AmeriCorps's Team Leader, Hannah Bailey. This group of members
has done so much for the Holiday Lake's homes, and their volunteer service doesn't stop there.
This team, all from outside Texas, has put in service hours throughout our county. They have helped out at the Brazoria County Dream Center, Brazosport Cares, and even the City of Danbury following the April 2017 flood. AmeriCorps worked on fifteen homes in the Danbury area, and continue to put more hours into homes affected by flooding. "I would say we have spent approximately 30-40 hours per week working on homes throughout the round." Said Jessica Houston, AmeriCorps Member.
United Way of Brazoria County deeply appreciates the work these ten AmeriCorps members have put into our community. They have shown such selflessness and have set a great example of what it means to be a volunteer. "The team truly appreciates the hospitality and generosity that the community has shown us. The work we are doing has been a very humbling experience and the team will look back on it with fondness," said Hannah Bailey. This team's work at Holiday Lakes, as well as other places, has pushed for a speedy restoration.
We asked some members what they took away from this volunteer experience, and they had great stories to share. AmeriCorps member, Julia Siminitus, shared, "I learned about interior and exterior home repairs and construction techniques. This has allowed me to gain a greater appreciation of the disaster relief and recovery process." Many AmeriCorps members were taught powerful lessons from working with disaster situations. They saw how people were pushed out of their homes and the overall devastation. "Besides my newly learned construction skills, I have a whole new view of the devastating effects of a flood and what it can do to a family." Stated AmeriCorps's team member, Jacob Costello.
We are glad the members had a great learning experience while here in Brazoria County. UWBC wishes them the best as they prepare to leave this July. We have enjoyed partnering with them through their service. Every one of these young adults has a bright future in the volunteer community.
Volunteers are the backbone of the United Way organization.