AmeriCorps VISTA Team Assists Virginia Beach Community Devastated by Hurricane Matthew
Last October, Hurricane Matthew caused more than $25 million worth of damage to more than 2,300 homes and businesses in eastern Virginia. Many families and business owners were simply overwhelmed by the extent of the destruction to their properties. Enter AmeriCorps VISTA! Nine VISTA members were deployed at the end of November to help repair and clean homes in Virginia Beach. The team, from multiple states as far away as California, sprang into action to help those in need. VISTA members completed repairs on 12 homes, assisted 36 people, and removed 64 cubic feet of debris. "We are a group of 10 ordinary young adults who realized that the things around us that are broken can be fixed with a simple choice to serve others," said team member Wade Kelly of Maryland. "Every day we hope to inspire others to make the same choice that we did. "