A Southwest Conservation Corps crew of eight from Durango left Friday for New York City to be part of the Hurricane Sandy relief effort. Its through an AmeriCorps program.
The crew, which is part of the Corporation for National and Community Services commitment to deploy 968 national service members from around the country, will spend at least the first week of its 30-day tour helping run a Federal Emergency Management Agency hurricane assistance shelter in Brooklyn.
The crew, which includes former conservation corps members and leaders, will miss Thanksgiving with their families as they reach out to make a difference.
Ron Hassel, executive director of the Four Corners office, said the crew has been on standby since the storm, and, if an opportunity presents itself, a second crew will be sent from Durango.