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AmeriCorps volunteers head south to help with hurricane relief

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As hurricanes leave communities in the South ravaged, nearly a hundred volunteers from Eastern Iowa are headed down to help hurricane victims. 

91 AmeriCorps volunteers stationed in Cedar Rapids are deploying to help this week, some as early as tomorrow. The young group of volunteers don't know exactly where they'll be headed, but they're eager to help. 

"We're ready for whatever comes and whatever they need us to do," said AmeriCorps volunteer Mike McCaslin. 

Volunteers met one last time in Cedar Rapids on Monday afternoon, signing paperwork and asking any last minute questions.

In a few short hours, volunteers will be deployed out to Georgia, Florida, or Texas. They've all received Red Cross training. 

"They could be working in a shelter, they could assist with feed, bulk distribution," said America Red Cross Regional Disaster Recovery Manager Shana Beal. "So it's important for them to be flexible and I think they have that spirit as they can be asked to do various things to support the disaster operations there in the community."

The call for help is a little more personal for some, including AmeriCorps Leader Heather Gordo, who's originally from Texas.

"A great opportunity to go back and serve a community that was affected," said Gordo. "I've lived in Houston all my life. I've experienced more than one hurricane and tropical storm. And so for me going back to give back is a really beautiful feeling and it's something not everyone has the chance to do."

Whether it's Georgia, Florida, or Texas-they're ready to help in any way they can. 

"It's not our role to come in and say you need this," said McCaslin. "It's our role to come in and say what do you need, what can we do to help."

For a lot of these volunteers, this will make their first disaster mission. They could be deployed for three weeks or more. 

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