Labor and Economic Opportunity
Michigan’s AmeriCorps member Brian Gibson is proud to serve and help connect veterans with resources. As a veteran himself, he is passionate about helping others that have served.
The Michigan Community Service Commission supports veterans through its Michigan’s AmeriCorps program, Veterans 211 Corps, ran through the Michigan Associated of United Ways.
AmeriCorps members, like Gibson, provide outreach and assistance to connect veterans and military service families with health, human, and other community-based services through 211 Information centers across the entire state of Michigan.
One of the highlights for Brian Gibson during his national service was the opportunity to meet Lt. Gen. Nadja Y. West, Surgeon General of the U.S. Army and Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Command at Piquette Square in Detroit.
"We participated in a question and answer session with her. Various topics were discussed most revolving around Veteran Outreach programs in the area such as AmeriCorps, Volunteers of America Michigan and Southwest Solutions all great organizations doing great work in our community. General West illustrated to efforts on Capitol Hill being made and also all around the country on behalf of veterans everywhere,” Gibson said. "Great day, great experience”
By the end of the program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for providing resources and follow-up contacts to approximately 2,000 veterans and their families and contacting approximately 1,000 local veteran service organizations to identify programs, services, and supports available through their local chapters for potential inclusion in the 2-1-1 database. In addition, AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 200 volunteers that will be engaged in veterans’ community events.