AmeriCorps prepares to leave Joplin

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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - One of the key groups helping with Joplin's recovery from the May 2011 tornado is preparing to leave town.

AmeriCorps St. Louis will turn over its duties to Joplin's Long-Term Recovery Committee on Dec. 21, when a grant that provided a seven-member team will end.

The Joplin Globe reports AmeriCorps members provided several services in Joplin, ranging from setting up a volunteer reception center and a missing persons call center to helping with debris removal and search and rescue efforts.

In recent weeks, they helped people move from temporary to permanent housing, delivered donated items to families and worked on minor repairs.

Renee White, head of the recovery committee, said the city has been working since August to divide AmeriCorps' responsibilities. She called AmeriCorps the workhorses behind Joplin's recovery.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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