Plattsburgh, NY EDS Team On Scene of Ice Jam Flooding in North Country

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 08:38
Plattsburgh, NY - The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Team based in Plattsburgh, NY (Clinton County) has been on scene of an Ice Jam Flood in the City of Plattsburgh since Tuesday.  Our EDS team is currently providing a full range of services to the approximately 240 survivors who were evacuated from their homes.  These services include feeding, emotional and spiritual care and case work to ensure that all needs [READ MORE]

Mauritius: Tropical Cyclone Berguitta - Jan 2018 - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 18:00
GLIDE number: TC-2018-000007-MUS
Disaster type: Tropical Cyclone
Affected countries: Madagascar, Mauritius, Réunion (France)

Tropical Cyclone Berguitta is strengthening in the southern Indian Ocean and moving south-west. On 15 January, its centre was located north of Rodrigues Island, in Mauritius.
Berguitta continues to approach Mauritius and represents a potential threat to the island. The system is expected to pass over or north of Mauritius on 17 January. Therefore, a cyclone warning class II by Mauritian authorities remains in force in the country. The authorities have advised the public to maintain all preliminary precautions. Heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge may affect the islands of Rodrigues and Mauritius, as well as La Reunion in the coming days. Authorities in La Reunion issued a cyclone pre-alert on 15 January.
According to the Mauritian Red Cross, at least 40 people have been evacuated following a strong tropical storm in Rodrigues Island. Parts of La Reunion were inundated by over 400 millimetres of rain due to tropical moisture from Tropical Cyclone Ava that passed through the area recently. (OCHA, 16 Jan 2018)

Mauritius and La Réunion are on high alert as Tropical Cyclone Berguitta moves towards southern Indian Ocean this week. Red Cross disaster response teams are readying response plans in anticipation of the cyclone’s landfall. All Red Cross branches in Mauritius have been put on high alert. In La Réunion, the Red Cross Indian Ocean Regional Intervention Platform (PIROI) has activated its disaster response plan and volunteers are on standby to distribute relief items and provide support to communities affected by the storm. (IFRC, 16 Jan 2018)

Date: 16 Jan 2018
Status: Alert

Apply Now! 2018-2019 AmeriCorps*Texas Formula Funding Opportunity

One Star Foundation - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 13:17

OneStar Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 AmeriCorps State Formula Funding Opportunity!  Selected organizations will receive grants to support AmeriCorps member positions that will help meet critical needs in the State of Texas in one of six key Focus Areas:

  • Disaster Services
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Education
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Healthy Futures
  • Veterans and Military Families

Click to view the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and Application Instructions.
Below are important deadlines to note:


Required Notice of Intent Form Due
2018-2019 Notice of Intent to Apply Form
March 7, 2018
10:59:59 PM Central
Failure to submit a Notice of Intent Form will render an applicant ineligible to apply or submit a full application proposal.

Application Due
March 29, 2018
10:59:59 PM Central
Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Note: Funding under this opportunity will be awarded to organizations that place AmeriCorps members in service solely within Texas. Organizations wishing to place AmeriCorps members in more than one state must apply directly to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) as an AmeriCorps National program here

Sign up today for an Informational Webinar to learn more!

OneStar will host informational webinar sessions for this Funding Opportunity covering a variety of introductory information related to managing an AmeriCorps program and grant. A copy of each session’s presentation will be available on our website (click here) at the conclusion of the session as well as the audio recording. Time will be allotted at the end of each session for participant questions. Attendance on the calls is encouraged but not required to submit an application. You must pre-register to attend the webinar(s) of your choice by clicking on the date/time below:

  • AmeriCorps 101 Informational Session 
  • AmeriCorps Program Design Informational Session
  • AmeriCorps Budget Informational Session
  • AmeriCorps Performance Measurement Informational Session
  • AmeriCorps Open Forum Session #1
  • AmeriCorps Open Forum Session #2


All communication relating to this Funding Opportunity must be directed to:
Elisa Gleeson
Senior Grants Management Specialist
OneStar Foundation

Phone: 512-287-2029
Availability: Phone consultations available by appointment only. Email Elisa to schedule.

All emails and phone calls will be returned within a reasonable amount of time. Applicants are encouraged to submit their questions well in advance of the application deadline as OneStar is not obligated to respond to questions that are received 48 hours prior to the due date.

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'The Salvation Army Year Book 2018' Provides a World of Information and Inspiration

Salvation Army - International - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 06:34
X 2018-01-09T12:34:43Z
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Papua New Guinea: Papua New Guinea: Kadovar Volcano - Jan 2018 - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 18:00
GLIDE number: VO-2018-000002-PNG
Disaster type: Volcano
Affected countries: Papua New Guinea

The remote Kadovar Island volcano became active on 5 January 2018 with mild volcanic activity on the south-eastern side of the island. The aerial assessment estimated 50-60 percent of the island covered in lava. The entire population (591 people) has been relocated to Blup Blup island. Rabaul Volcanological Observatory (RVO) has assessed that there is a possibility for Kadovar to explode which could trigger similar explosions on near by volcanic islands of Blup Blup and Biem. This may also trigger a tsunami due to landslides. (IFRC, 9 Jan 2018)

As of 15 January 2018, there is an immediate need for food, water, shelter and clothing due to the evacuation of entire population of Kadovar Island to Brup Brup Island (population 1,400). The Prime Minister’s Office is supporting the provincial government to provide 2,000 people with food and water. Meanwhile, the Provincial Government is planning to evacuate the entire population of Kadovar, Brup Brup and Biem islands (up to 4,000 people) to a site on mainland East Sepik due to risk of tsunami, and the potential for a further eruption on neighbouring Biem Island (OCHA, 15 Jan 2018)

Date: 05 Jan 2018
Status: Ongoing

Buffalo Area EDS Teams Respond to 75 Vehicle Accident During Blizzard

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 10:20
Buffalo, NY - The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Teams based in Buffalo, NY (Erie County) responded to a 75 vehicle accident on the New York State Thruway Tuesday afternoon. The teams provided canteen and hydration services to approximately 75 first responders who were involved in extracating, treating and transporting over 100 travelers involved in the mile long accident that occurred during a blizzard warning caused by heavy lake effect [READ MORE]

Madagascar: Tropical Cyclone Ava - Jan 2018 - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 18:00
GLIDE number: TC-2018-000001-MDG
Disaster type: Tropical Cyclone
Affected countries: Madagascar

Madagascar is on alert following the identification of a low weather pressure system off the north-east coast of the country, which is expected to strengthen in the southwestern Indian Ocean basin. The weather system is already causing weather disturbances in northern Madagascar and on the islands of Réunion and Mauritius. It is expected to gain strength during the week as it tracks westward, prior to making landfall on Madagascar on 4 or 5 January 2018 (OCHA, 3 Jan 2018)

The tropical cyclone will reach a maximum wind speed of 130 km/h. Based on the observed and predicted cyclone track as of 4th January 2018 (00:00 UTC), sustained wind speeds zones and population data from WorldPop, UNITAR-UNOSAT conducted a population exposure analysis for Madagascar (UNOSAT, 4 Jan 2018)

The Malagasy Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et Catastrophes (BNGRC) is monitoring the situation closely and coordinating the response. Humanitarian supplies were pre-positioned in 29 districts across the country—including those expected to be affected by Tropical Storm AVA—ahead of the cyclone season to support any required response. Emergency teams are on standby and several have already deployed, including to Toamasina/Tamatave, the capital of Atsinana region, one of the areas that is expected to be first affected by the tropical storm. (OCHA, 4 Jan 2018)

Date: 04 Jan 2018
Status: Alert

News Feature: The General's New Year Video Message Calls for Salvationists and Friends to Show 'Indiscriminate Love'

Salvation Army - International - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 13:06
General André Cox calls on viewers 'to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in his name without discrimination' 2017-12-30T19:06:45Z
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Now Accepting Applications for VISTA Host Sites

One Star Foundation - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 13:56

Now Accepting Applications for Host Sites for OneStar

Foundation’s AmeriCorps VISTA Intermediary Project!

OneStar Foundation is currently accepting applications for host sites for its AmeriCorps VISTA Statewide Intermediary Project for 2017-2018. AmeriCorps VISTA is a highly professional and rigorous volunteer service program, administered nationally by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), through which national service members serve with organizations full-time for one year. VISTA projects focus on building permanent capacity and infrastructure to help more effectively bring individuals and communities out of poverty.  The VISTA program places members at sponsoring organizations that absorb the majority of costs related to project supervision and logistical support. VISTA members receive a modest living allowance and benefits, including an end of service stipend or education award. Investment by the sponsoring organization and the community is fundamental to the project, as the VISTA resources are intended to be short-term.

To achieve its program purpose, AmeriCorps VISTA operates under the following core principles.

  • Anti-Poverty Focus
    The purpose of AmeriCorps VISTA is to support efforts to fight poverty.  The VISTA project should address helping individuals and communities out of poverty, not simply making poverty more tolerable through short-term services.
  • Community Empowerment 
    Sponsoring organizations must ensure that the VISTA project engages the beneficiary community in planning, developing and implementing the project.  The project must be responsive and relevant to the needs of the community, and should tap into inherent community assets, strengths, and resources.
  • Sustainable Solutions  
    VISTA members provide short-term, human resources to build long-term sustainability of anti-poverty programs.  All projects should be developed with the goal to phase out the need for VISTA members and to strengthen the ability of the project to continue indefinitely.
  • Capacity Building 
    VISTA members do not provide direct services to individuals; rather, they work to increase the capacity of organizations to fight poverty.  Through activities such as community outreach,establishment of volunteer recruitment and management systems, fundraising, and collaboration development, VISTA members mobilize local resources to build lasting solutions to poverty.

What Types of Organizations Can Apply?

- Public, private, or faith-based nonprofit organizations

- Local, state, or federal agencies

- Or any combination of the above!

All VISTA applications should be responsive to organizational need and clearly express the organization’s ability to manage a VISTA member. We encourage organizations to create project plans that are three years in scope, assuming the first year will be building infrastructure, the second testing and documenting program success, and the third sustainability development and transition planning. Each organization’s project will be evaluated individually. Project applications should reflect your organization's unique culture and opportunities. 

You may apply to sponsor a VISTA member at your organization at any time; we accept applications on a rolling basis all year long. However, due to national VISTA training requirements, members are only able to start at times when a national VISTA Pre-Service Orientation is scheduled.


For a VISTA Member to Start in: 

Recommended Site Application Deadline:


October 1st


February 1st


June 1st


Please review the Cost Share Partnership Overview. After reviewing, complete the OneStar VISTA Host Site Application and Proposed VAD and submit to prior to the recommended application deadline.

For more information, contact:

Glenn Goodrich

Manager, AmeriCorps VISTA

OneStar Foundation

(512) 287-2015





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