Michigan's AmeriCorps Alum Spotlight
During her year as a full-time AmeriCorps member with the Goodwill Greater Grand Rapids AmeriCorps Partnership program in 2012-13, Ana Rau thoroughly enjoyed mobilizing volunteers and seeing the impact they had in the broader community. She was truly inspired by community development and the energy in the nonprofit sector.
Ana’s service prompted her to further her education, which led to her obtaining her Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from Grand Valley State University. Ana is now the program director of Goodwill’s AmeriCorps program (now called the Goodwill Talent Development Corps) where she oversees the very program where her Ameri-Story began!
“AmeriCorps broadened my horizons and understanding of what service is,” Ana reflected. “It gave me immense insight into the nonprofit world where I’ve found the ability to truly mobilize change.”
Ana believes her AmeriCorps service experience was priceless. She had an opportunity to learn and grow as a young nonprofit professional, while making valuable community connections. She learned in the midst of service that everyone could serve and make a significant impact on the community. “AmeriCorps is a wonderful space for change; if you want to transform a community, you can!”
Ana continues to promote a spirit of service in a variety of ways. She encourages community members to get involved with national service, and encourages AmeriCorps members to get involved with local service groups that will enhance their member experience. She enjoys participating in service projects where she can contribute in a tangible way. In her daily life as the AmeriCorps program director at Goodwill, Ana inspires members to eat, sleep, and breathe service.
“Ana has been and continues to be an inspiring individual to the Goodwill AmeriCorps team,” stated AmeriCorps member Leslie Orduña. “She believes there is strength in numbers and that we have the ability to promote change. Ana’s passion for service shines through and she genuinely cares about making a difference in the community. She sets a wonderful example as a professional who is dedicated to helping others achieve success through service.”