AmeriCorps braving heat to help Hattiesburg residents

AmeriCorps members, along with other volunteers, put a new roof on a home in East Hattiesburg Tuesday.
AmeriCorps members, along with other volunteers, put a new roof on a home in East Hattiesburg Tuesday.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Although it was a little less hot Tuesday, it was still very warm for those working outdoors, or for those volunteering to help others outdoors. A group of AmeriCorps volunteers, mostly from northern states, was busy Tuesday putting a roof on a home in East Hattiesburg that was damaged in last year's tornado.

They're coordinating with Hattiesburg's R3SM (Recover, Rebuild, Restore) organization and have been in town for about eight weeks.

They've been learning lots of home repair skills and adapting to the intense South Mississippi heat.

"We just make sure to stay hydrated," said Jules Juniker, a vounteer with River 4 of AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps). "We're really good about saying, hey, do you need a break? Do you want to swap out? No one is forced to stay on the project the whole day and if you need to take a break, stay in the shade," she said.

"(We're) drinking a lot of water, starting the day early," said Jesse Brammer, a volunteer from Columbus, Ohio. "You can't let a little heat stop you. So, if you let a little heat stop you, you won't learn a lot," he said. The River 4 AmeriCorps team is the first to work on projects other than R3SM's recently completed Volunteer House and they'll be leaving the Hub City on Sept. 11.

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