WARWICK, RI (January 18, 2013) — Volunteers from Rhode Island NRCS spent time on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 assisting the ongoing efforts to restore areas of Westerly devastated by Hurricane Sandy in observance of USDA's National Day of Service. NRCS volunteers assisted local business owners in clearing and disposing of hazardous debris that were deposited by the storm. Volunteer efforts were coordinated through the local organization Serve Rhode Island.
The effort was part of USDA's Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service where USDA employees throughout the Nation are encouraged to perform volunteer services in their communities. A group of RI NRCS employees volunteered 2 hours of their time to the non-profit organization Serve RI. The effort was a team building opportunity to serve the local community which sustained heavy damage after Hurricane Sandy.
Serve Rhode Island is the State's volunteer center and commission for national and community service which was established in 1994 to administer the Americorps program of the Federal government and presently administers 12 Americorps State programs. In 2012-13, Serve RI made grants totaling over $2 million in Federal Americorps funds to support the work of 280 Americorps members assigned in Rhode Island working to meet community needs. The Volunteer Center at Serve Rhode Island connects thousands of volunteers to serve opportunities in the community annually.