By Brandy Crocker

            As FEMA Corps team Pine 5 nears the end of their term of service, members of Pine 5 reflect on the work they’ve accomplished in these past seven months. Currently, Pine 5 is supporting the Hurricane Michael recovery effort with FEMA in Panama City Beach, Florida. The past two months have so far has been inspiring and engaging, according to Heather Christie, a member of Pine 5. “I’m really glad to have the opportunity to be working with  FEMA’s Integrated Recovery Coordination (IRC).” Heather says, “Being able to work with non-profit organizations to continue to help people is amazing, and I’m really glad to be a part of positive change!”

Most recently, Pine 5 has been organizing a Community Service Day with Heartland Rescue Ranch. Heartland Rescue Ranch is a non-profit animal rescue dedicated to the health, welfare, and survival of neglected, unwanted, and abandoned animals. The rescue also aims to educate the community on the care of rescue animals to better the chances that an animal’s next home is its forever one. The ranch is home to numerous cats, dogs, horses, donkeys, chickens, goats, and more, many of which are Hurricane Michael rescues.

FEMA Corps team Pine 5 has been working with Heartland Rescue Ranch in Florida to organize and facilitate their Donation Drive and Grand Re-Opening after Hurricane Michael. The Community Service Day is scheduled to take place on March 31st from 2-4 p.m. For the Grand Re-Opening, there has been a lot of preparation and planning for the event. Pine 5 has organized a lot of great activities for all ages, the kids will get the chance to ride horses, pet cats and dogs, and meet goats, sheep, chickens, a goose named Lucy and more! They also set-up a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny!



Natalie Schrader and Heather Christie, members of Pine 5, hand feed goats at Heartland Rescue Ranch.

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