AmeriCorps Together We Prepare

The Together We Prepare AmeriCorps program, is a grant-funded program through the American Red Cross that is comprised of 20 members across the lower peninsula who are charged with the task of improving the capacity of communities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. The members serve their communities for an 11-month term recruiting volunteers, assisting at blood drives and educating the public about preventing disasters. In addition to preparedness education, members provide direct assistance to individuals experiencing disaster.

During the pandemic, the AmeriCorps members have been busy with deployments and DAT.  More importantly, members have been persistent in educating the community on The Pillowcase Project, Prepare with Pedro, and Be Red Cross Ready.  In fact, the members can account for 83% of all preparedness education this year in Michigan. These presentations are vital to share information about the American Red Cross and help families prepare for disasters and mitigate home fires.

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Katie, from our Traverse City office, poses for a picture at this year’s Member Celebration.
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Jenna, a member from our Kalamazoo office, provides a virtual Prepare with Pedro presentation to children in the classroom.

A major component of AmeriCorps member service is to build relationships with community organizations and potential partners.  During this year’s MLK Jr. Day, all of the AmeriCorps members served in local organizations helping the community more broadly.

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Kenneth, from the East Central Bay office, served virtually making dog toys and shipping them to a shelter.
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Helping with local Habitat for Humanity efforts, Alana from Traverse City dedicated her MLK day to building a house.
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Joe and Isabel, from the East Central Bay chapter, handed out food through an event organized by the Flint Accelerator.

Throughout the next year, the AmeriCorps members will continue to provide preparedness education, assist with Sound the Alarm campaign, and support DAT.

If you have additional questions about the AmeriCorps program, please contact Program Director, Eilis Gambill at eilis.gambill@redcross.org or visit: https://www.redcross.org/local/michigan/volunteer/americorps.html

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