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Michigan's AmeriCorps Member of the Month

MI AmeriCorps Member of the Month - October 2021: Tamisha Naylor, Red Cross

Tamisha Naylor is serving her third term with the Together We Prepare (TWP) AmeriCorps program at the American Red Cross - East Central Bay Chapter in Flint. Together We Prepare AmeriCorps members serve as part of the disaster team helping to provide preparedness presentations and installing smoke alarms for members of the community. Tamisha's day-to-day responsibilities include providing immediate response and assistance to those impacted by natural disasters, including home fires, across an 11-county region. She also teaches home fire safety and provides disaster preparedness education.

During her service with the Together We Prepare program, Tamisha has gone above and beyond to help not only the community, but also her fellow members across the state. Tamisha has presented preparedness education to hundreds of students at the Michigan School for the Deaf, continuously offers to help the Detroit team with dispatch duties, and has helped organize the Flint office as the signature city for the organization-wide event, Sound the Alarm.

Those who know Tamisha describe her as helpful, reliable, and easy to get along with. As a veteran in her program, she has taken on a leadership role by helping support the new members each year. Tamisha is also an active member of the Flint National Service Accelerator. The Flint National Service Accelerator was created to increase the number and effectiveness of AmeriCorps members serving in Flint and Genesee County. Tamisha regularly attends Accelerator training and service project events, sits on their leadership council, and even helped write a mini-grant to fund a project allowing members from a variety of AmeriCorps programs in the area to collaborate and serve together.  

Tamisha's passion for serving her community is undeniable. Despite facing a variety of challenges over the last couple of years, Tamisha persevered through adversity, without skipping a beat. She thought of creative and innovative solutions to continue serving and making a positive impact in her community. Although transitioning in and out of in-person and virtual service was difficult, Tamisha was able to adapt and used that time to form new community partnerships, check in with clients to see how they were coping through the pandemic, and found new ways to provide preparedness education in her community.

Learn more about the Together We Prepare AmeriCorps program and other Michigan's AmeriCorps programs making a positive impact in communities across Michigan. For more information about AmeriCorps, visit www.americorps.gov.