During some of the hottest days of summer when many of us were cooling off at the lake, 23 corps members and one staff person deployed to the remote town of Galena, Alaska to work in chilly, damp weather, helping locals recover from a devastating late spring flood caused by an ice jam on the Yukon River. During the 60-day extended deployment, corps members assessed damage, mucked and gutted houses and other buildings, removed debris and hazardous trees, served meals, did laundry, delivered firewood and provided support and hope for hundreds of families who lost their communities. While based primarily in Galena, corps members also helped out in the towns of Emmonak and Alakanuk. Our contingent was among five programs nationwide that responded to the disaster and was the longest-serving group, devoting 10,000 hours to the cleanup. Corps member Drew Wilwert described the experience as life-changing. He was most affected by the relationships he made with the villagers and how much the help was appreciated. “Their whole lives were shattered, their houses ruined. We showed up and they got their hope back,” said Wilwert. “It was eye-opening for me. I’d love to go back.” Check out photos on Facebook.