Michigan's AmeriCorps Site Supervisor of the Month
Site Supervisor of the Month – May 2022: Carnel Richardson, Together We Prepare
In addition to being a Disaster Program Specialist at the American Red Cross, Carnel is also the AmeriCorps site supervisor for the Detroit chapter of the Together We Prepare AmeriCorps program. The Together We Prepare program is administered by the American Red Cross and members serve as part of the disaster team helping to provide preparedness presentations and installing smoke alarms for members of the community.
As a former AmeriCorps member himself, Carnel’s passion for service started when he was in college and he decided to serve as a member with the Life Directions program. This helped solidify his decision to work in the nonprofit sector. Carnel graduated with a degree from Ferris State University in 2009 and his Master’s degree in 2016. He has since dedicated his career to serving nonprofits in Michigan. In his various roles, Carnel has continued to be a proponent of national service and continually recruits members from his professional networks to apply for a year of AmeriCorps service.
Carnel’s optimistic outlook has not gone unnoticed by his colleagues. The Southeast Michigan disaster team describes him as calm, helpful, and hard-working. They say that Carnel is a great role-model and mentor for the members serving in the Detroit office. Carnel consistently seeks out member feedback on how he can best support them to achieve their professional goals. As a former member himself, Carnel knows the challenges members face and is always thinking about how he can improve their experience.
“He truly believes in service to the community and the benefits an AmeriCorps experience can provide to a member,” states Eilis Gambill, former program director for Together We Prepare.
Learn more about the Together We Prepare program and other Michigan’s AmeriCorps programs making a positive impact in communities across Michigan. For more information about AmeriCorps, visit www.americorps.gov.