Ike volunteers get back to work

Penny LeLeux

The Record Newspaper, Orange County, Tex.

Even though not as visible, there are still hundreds of people coming in a steady flow to Orange County helping those that have no other means of repairing their homes after Hurricane Ike.

The staff of the Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders (FCDR), just one of many nonprofits still rebuilding Orange County, took off for various parts of the United States to spend Christmas vacation with their families, but it is back to work this week.

Six interns from the University of Cincinnati are joining them. The students are studying architecture and urban planning and will gain valuable experience in the construction field working at the home sites.

FCDR will have a very busy first week back with a total of 92 volunteers and staff members making up a diversified group.

Volunteers include: 11 from AmeriCorps, 11-California Lutheran University, 12-St. John Lutheran Church in Nazareth, Pa., 15 from Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester, Minn, 24 -New Jersey Pines, one from Faith Lutheran Church, Readsville, Wis., two from Answering the Call Together (ACT) and three from Habitat for Humanity. Most volunteers come for a week, but some will stay longer; working with new volunteers from other states.

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