A group of young volunteers have arrived in Schoharie County to help a community that's continuing their recovery. Maria Valvanis has more on what these 18- to 24-year-old volunteers hope to achieve, starting in North Blenheim.
SCHOHARIE COUNTY, N.Y. -- "I wouldn't say you give up a year of your life. You get a lot from it."
James Hudson is the team leader of Moose Three, a nine person group of National Civilian Community Corps that spends ten-and-a-half months volunteering for communities in need.
"Once we're done with this project, we're actually finished with our year."
Eight of the team members are in Schoharie County for the next month helping tear down and rebuild homes damaged by last year’s storms. The crew will work with various non-profit organizations during their time, beginning with Southern Valley Recovery.
Member Jared Karp said, "This home was kind of decrepit and there’s no possible way for anyone to move back into it."
"Reconstruction work in houses that need new flooring, new dry wall, new insulation, a few that need to be completely mucked and gutted," said Hudson.
Taking down this home by hand will take the team about four days, then they'll move on to the next one.
Claude Coons of Southern Valley Recovery said, "Tearing down buildings, putting up decks. It's great. They just keep working."
"The feeling we get when we're helping people out, is the main reason we are here," said Karp.
Hudson said, "It's really eye opening to come down and see how much work there is a year later and how much it takes to recover from a disaster like this."