Pieces of the Puzzle

Over the past couple days, the Team Leaders (TLs) of AmeriCorps*NCCC FEMA Corps headed down to Louisiana to work with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge.  There we got our hands dirty as we worked side by side with volunteers and staff personnel in preconstruction and painting work. 

While we focused a lot on tool training, team building and hands on work beneath the blistering sun, I noticed how a lot of what we were doing correlated with our perspective work at TLs and with FEMA Corps. 

This morning, we descended on the worksite and wood pile to create exterior and interior door and window panes, from the headers to the kings, jacks and studs.  Like a swarm of locusts, we devoured all that we could, kicking up a cloud of sawdust and roaring with the sound of hammers constantly descending, driving in hundreds of nails. 

It was interesting to see all the puzzle pieces being put into place.  During preconstruction, all the pieces of the house are built so that when the time comes to put up the walls and lift up the beams to create the structure, everything is in place to go.  Instead of waiting for the pieces to be assembled, they can now be picked up off the stack and everything keeps moving. 

Throughout Team Leader Training (TLT) we have been given the skills and knowledge to provide us the ability to lead, to serve and to grow.  We have been given the pieces of this puzzle and will soon be assembling all of them in this experience as Corps Members arrive on campus next week. 

In the same way, we have pieces (not all) of the relationship between CNCS (AmeriCorps) and FEMA.  There will be scrambling and chaos throughout the year, but the campus staffs, Unit Leaders and Team Leaders are prepared for anything that can be thrown our way.  As the saying in AmeriCorps goes, “be flexible, from the F to the E.”  Semper Gumby. 

We arrived back on campus after a three hour drive sweaty, exhausted and prepared to dive right back into training.  We are not fearless; we just know that the support is there when we need it. 

God Bless and PEACE

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