For the first time in Iowa history, two groups from the Iowa AmeriCorps are working on a national mission.
The first group left last week in route to Louisiana to assist in the recovery effort from Hurricane Isaac.
Both groups are honored to be asked to help on a national mission.
“We have worked several Iowa disasters, including extensively during the flood of 2011, but this is a first for our program, to be deployed for a national level disaster response,” said Jane Mild, with the DNR’s office of volunteer services.
The Iowa groups will partner with the St. Louis AmeriCorps, who have already been in Louisiana for a month.
Mild said four Iowa AmeriCorps members and an administrator drove to Louisiana, to help with an evaluation of pilot blue roof tarping program and the volunteer reception centers set up in St. John’s Parish.
Then, on October 27 a second group will head down to relieve them. That group will serve until November 9.