The Unicoi County High School Air Force JROTC, including cadets Lacey Ashley, Sebastian Bakken, Dylan Delph, Keilani King, Travis Lewis, Brianna Monroe, Alaina Satterly, Derek Tapp, Luz Terrazas and Josue Terrazas-Lascano, join Dr. Chris Bogart, principal, and Unicoi County Director of Schools John English in a check presentation for Team Rubicon. (Erwin Record Staff Photo by Richard Rourk)

By Richard Rourk

The cadets of the Unicoi County High School Air Force Junior ROTC recently collected funds to donate to Team Rubicon. The cadets sent the money to Team Rubicon on Monday, Feb. 11. Team Rubicon is made up of a network of veterans who utilize their skills and talents to help during natural disasters.

“Team Rubicon is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that utilizes the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams,” UCHS AFJROTC instructor Colonel Louis Kaelin told The Erwin Record. “Team Rubicon was founded in 2010, and has deployed across the United States and around the world to provide immediate relief to those impacted by disasters and humanitarian crises.”

The funds raised for Team Rubicon are going to aid in hurricane relief. According to Team Rubicon’s website, the organization has the opportunity to extend its capabilities and services into long-term recovery (LTR) for those affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

Over a 24-month timeline, Team Rubicon will run a new long-term recovery program to rebuild 100 homes affected by Harvey in Houston, 30 homes affected by Irma in Florida and a roof building program in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.

The more than 40 cadets at UCHS collected money at Blue Devil home football games.

“The kids went and passed the hat around at a couple of home games and raised more than $300 for hurricane relief,” Kaelin said

If you are interested in donating or volunteering for Team Rubicon, please visit teamrubiconusa.org.