WV Disaster Corps Member to Receive Governor's Service
Christin Shinaberry has stepped up to make a real difference
in her community through her AmeriCorps and Disaster Corps service. Her
contributions have led to her being chosen as a recipient of the 2015
Governor’s Service Award.
When Christin Shinaberry
signed up as an AmeriCorps member two years ago, she had no idea where her
service would take her. She has served at Green Bank Elementary and Middle
School as a mentor for 32 students who need a little extra help with academics,
behavior or attendance. She has gone above and beyond in her service to these
children. She organized multiple service projects so that her students have an
opportunity to give back to the community. These include working at the animal
shelter, setting up bird feeders in public areas and participating with Trout
Unlimited on stream analysis at Buffalo Lake.
In 2015, Christin has had
an opportunity to serve in a new way with Disaster Corps. Disaster Corps allows
AmeriCorps members to actively respond to disasters and to help families
recover. Christin responded to the Hughes Creek flood and to flooding and
mudslides in Kanawha County. During this time she worked with the Red Cross to
help assess and provide for the needs of those displaced. When she was assigned to Mingo County, she
worked with members of the West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in
Disaster, especially the American Baptist work teams, to help clean up homes
that had been devastated.
Governor’s Day to
Governor and First Lady Tomblin, program staff, partners, and more than 150
AmeriCorpsWV members launched Governor’s Day to Service in West Virginia last week. To kick off the campaign, national service members (AmeriCorps, VISTA and a few
Senior Corps) participated in the American Red Cross Fire Safety Campaign,
beginning the day at rally points in Charleston, Parkersburg, Martinsburg, and
Beckley. Members, partners and volunteers installed more than 400 smoke
alarms on Friday around West Virginia.
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