As the Director of National Service Programs, Rachel works with AmeriCorps members across the state to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations. Major tasks include AmeriCorps member recruitment, selection, placement and development; host agency coordination; program evaluation; budget management and grant and report writing.
Rachel manages the Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Corps (MFPC), an AmeriCorps State program that focuses on increasing the capacity of nonprofit housing counseling agencies to assist homeowners at-risk of foreclosure. Since the program’s inception in 2009, MFPC members have helped more than 30,000 Michigan residents avoid foreclosure. The Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Corps was a finalist for the 2014 and 2015 Governor’s Service Award in the Outstanding National Service Program category.
Rachel also manages two AmeriCorps programs that are new to CEDAM. The Rural Opportunity VISTA project is a partnership with the Michigan Main Street Center and the Council of Michigan Foundations to support anti-poverty programming in Michigan’s rural communities. Through this program, 10 AmeriCorps VISTA members will build capacity within their organizations by expanding an existing program or creating a new program from the ground up. Rachel also manages the 20 member Michigan Financial Opportunity Corps (MFOC). MFOC members bring financial education classes, Show Me The Money Day events, VITA free tax assistance and foreclosure prevention to their communities.
Prior to her work at CEDAM, Rachel coordinated the 75-member ShareCorps VISTA program at the Ohio Association of Foodbanks where the program earned the 2011 ServeOhio Outstanding National and Community Service Program award. Rachel is a proud AmeriCorps Alum and started her nonprofit career as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer coordinator with Habitat for Humanity- MidOhio.
Rachel has extensive volunteer recruitment and management skills both with AmeriCorps members and with traditional volunteer programs. Rachel is trained on facilitating civic reflection conversations, Poverty Simulations and Bridges Out of Poverty. She is available to present upon request.