CEDAM AmeriCorps member Suzanne Fenske brings varied experiences and a passion for service to Community Housing Network
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CEDAM AmeriCorps member Suzanne Fenske brings varied experiences and a passion for service to Community Housing Network

Like many things in life, Suzanne Fenske found AmeriCorps when she wasn’t looking for it. She first learned about the program after attending financial education events and classes. The presenter, who was the AmeriCorps manager where she currently serves, told her about the AmeriCorps opportunity — and the rest is history.  Suzanne, who was looking...

In a time of crisis, CEDAM AmeriCorps members offer essential support and hope for communities across Michigan
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In a time of crisis, CEDAM AmeriCorps members offer essential support and hope for communities across Michigan

More than a year after the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in Michigan, we have seen every industry impacted in one way or another — but the crisis’s unwavering ripple effect was especially evident in the area of community economic development. Eviction posed a rising threat, many people in need were not receiving federal stimulus checks,...

AmeriCorps State members provide resources and hope through SMTMD events
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AmeriCorps State members provide resources and hope through SMTMD events

Across Michigan, 43% of households struggle to afford the basic necessities of housing, child care, food, technology, health care, and transportation. This data comes from the United Way’s ALICE Report, but CEDAM also hears this anecdotally from members around the state who are working hard to create affordable housing, increase child care options, and train...

Fundraising and more: VISTA member Amanda Leitch gets things done
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Fundraising and more: VISTA member Amanda Leitch gets things done

By Zach Miller, VISTA leader  Amanda Leitch, one of ten CEDAM AmeriCorps VISTA members, is “getting things done” at her host site organization Have Mercy in Greenville.  Have Mercy provides food and shelter to those in need in Montcalm and Ionia counties. Due to rising rents in Grand Rapids, both counties are seeing increased demand...