Michigan's AmeriCorps Member of the Month
Jacob Oliver helps approximately sixty preschoolers each week improve their literacy skills while serving with the Superior AmeriCorps program in Houghton, MI in the upper peninsula. The Superior AmeriCorps program, administered by BHK Child Development Board, utilizes AmeriCorps members to provide evidenced based and informed education services to pre-kindergarten through third grade rural students at risk of reading failure.
Jacob’s program director, Marcy Erickson, notes that everyone he interacts with at his service site raves about the outstanding service he provides on a daily basis. “Jacob holds near super-star status with the children because he has such a great personality and genuinely cares about the families and children he serves, and it shows. He is very deserving of this recognition!”
Jacob’s commitment to service doesn’t stop there. He truly embodies what it means to be an AmeriCorps member. On June 17th, flood waters ripped through Houghton County, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. Roads were wiped out and countless homes and businesses were damaged by floodwaters and mud. Not willing to sit on the sidelines, Jacob rolled up his sleeves and spent more than 50 hours tirelessly volunteering his time to help his community clean up after the disaster.