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USU-based Utah Conservation Corps Crew Responds to Louisiana Flooding

UCC crew members (left to right) Chris Pruden, Rachel Tillinghast and Samantha Archer were deployed to Louisiana to join more than 900 other AmeriCorps members helping with flooding recovery efforts.

A three-member crew from the Utah State University-based Utah Conservation Corps has left for Louisiana to help with recovery efforts from recent flooding. The crew departed to join other AmeriCorps Disaster Response Teams (A-DRT) this past weekend [Sept.24-25] to the Baton Rouge area.

The UCC crew joins more than 900 other AmeriCorps members from around the country that are completing a variety of work, including mucking and gutting homes of disaster survivors, assisting shelter residents and working with voluntary organizations to meet needs throughout the affected area.

“I’ve seen first-hand the positive impact that UCC makes in communities and I am honored to join other AmeriCorps members in helping people get back on their feet in Louisiana,” crew leader Chris Pruden said.

The UCC crew is currently scheduled to be deployed in Louisiana until Oct. 18, 2016.

In the past the UCC has sent AmeriCorps crews in recovery efforts after Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.

The UCC, based out of USU’s Center for Civic Engagement and Service-Learning, was formed in 2001 with a mission to develop the conservation leaders of tomorrow through service and education. Since 2001, more than 1,200 UCC AmeriCorps members have served more than 948,000 hours creating or maintaining 3,325 miles of trail and 417 miles of fence, restoring 40,634 acres of public land and reaching 298,367 students with environmental education.

More information on UCC can be found online.

Contact: Sean Damitz, Center for Civic Engagement and Service-Learning, 435-770-6104,

sean.damitz@usu.edu

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