Michigan's AmeriCorps Member of the Month
Steven Snider is an excellent representation of what AmeriCorps service is all about. His passion for helping others is apparent to anyone who meets him. Steven first learned about the Cherry Health AmeriCorps program while in college, and he was excited to have an opportunity to serve his community while gaining valuable knowledge about public health and the barriers faced by underserved individuals.
The Cherry Health AmeriCorps program utilizes 30 full-time AmeriCorps members to provide various resources and support to underserved populations, including access to healthy food, assistance with health insurance enrollment, health education and wellness promotion, medical interpretation for patients with limited English proficiency, and community outreach. AmeriCorps members also participate in health-focused community service projects during their service year.
After completing the application process, Steven was accepted into the AmeriCorps program and currently serves as a Certified Application Counselor. He is responsible for helping individuals access health insurance coverage and food assistance benefits. Steven learned this complex role quickly and has earned a reputation as a ‘health insurance assistance guru’ at his service site. He is committed to the clients he serves and is willing to go above and beyond to advocate for those with complicated and sometimes confusing cases. His overall goal is to ensure those individuals receive access to health insurance coverage and food assistance benefits, which he knows will lead to better health outcomes.
Steven has also become a leader within the AmeriCorps team. He has served as a mentor to members who joined the team later in the year and has helped them acclimate to the site and service expectations. He is willing to do whatever it takes to help guide his peers, including having them shadow him during his service hours.
In addition to the efforts he has made at his site, Steven has also dedicated time to personal and professional growth. The vast majority of the clients he serves are Spanish speaking. Though he was not fluent in Spanish at the beginning of his service year, Steven diligently practiced his vocabulary and grammar in an effort to sharpen his Spanish-speaking skills.
“Members like Steven help elevate the overall Cherry Health AmeriCorps team and the contributions he makes through his service are immense,” stated Assistant Program Director Randee Broemmel. “We are grateful to have the opportunity to watch Steven in action as he impacts the lives of the people he serves, as well as those around him.”