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Michigan's AmeriCorps Member of the Month
After serving in 2013 as a half-time AmeriCorps member with Huron Pines, Claire Wood decided to return to the program for a second year – this time in a full-time capacity. The Huron Pines AmeriCorps program focuses on environmental stewardship and helps strengthen rural Northeast Michigan and the Great Lakes through habitat restoration, environmental stewardship, and developing conservation services.
Because of her adept communication skills, Claire’s service was expanded to include outreach and social media. She participates in a variety of conservation outreach events, and is equally successful at engaging both youth and adults. She is also a skilled writer and has contributed to many articles in The Guide and The Voice of the AuSable, both of which are published on a monthly basis. Her articles are insightful, innovative, and capture the mission of Huron Pines in a creative way. Claire has helped expand Huron Pines’ presence online and through social media.
Claire continues to be involved with many of Huron Pines’ ‘on-the-ground’ projects as well. She helped organize the Jack Pine Planting day, Garlic Mustard Pull, and the Huffman Lake Monitoring Project. She has also demonstrated a talent for event planning, having coordinated an Earth Day project with the SEEDS program in Kalkaska. Although the weather was not in her favor this spring for planting trees along the river, Claire kept the project going and found a way to get it done!
Claire also helped co-lead the Northern Michigan Regional Russ Mawby Signature Service Project in Mackinaw City. This highly successful event was planned in partnership with the Char-Em ISD AmeriCorps program and engaged more than 50 AmeriCorps members in a day of beautification and restoration at McGulpin Point Lighthouse. One of the McGulpin Point staff members stated that members had accomplished more in one day than their staff could’ve done all summer, and that they completed projects that had been on their to-do list for three years!
In addition to her program responsibilities, Claire represents the Huron Pines AmeriCorps program on the Michigan’s AmeriCorps LeaderCorps, which is comprised of one member from each Michigan’s AmeriCorps program. LeaderCorps members serve as a liaison between their program and the Michigan Community Service Commission, helping members to feel more connected on a statewide level. LeaderCorps members also focus on engaging AmeriCorps alums, exploring professional development opportunities, and promoting national days of service.
“Claire is incredibly talented and truly has a passion for what she is doing,” stated program director Jennie Jandron. “She is the cheerleader for our program and looks for ways to include all members. She also has a wonderful, enthusiastic personality that helps make everyone feel welcome and appreciated.”
After her term of service, Claire hopes to use her love of conservation and begin her career in northern Michigan.
For more information about the Huron Pines AmeriCorps program, contact program director Jennie Jandron at email@example.com or visit www.huronpines.org. For more information about AmeriCorps, visit www.americorps.gov.