Labor and Economic Opportunity
At Neighborhood Engagement Hub, their goal is to help Flint neighborhood groups transform their vision for the community into reality. They provide the tools, training, and ongoing assistance community residents and groups need. This could include providing equipment from the Community Tool Shed, assisting with the computers at the Community Center, or providing training through their Neighborhood Support Services Program.
As the Agency Director, Ashley Everhart is responsible for guiding her team as they work to tailor their services and the solutions they offer to each individual or group. Ashley is also a site supervisor for the LISC AmeriCorps program. LISC (Local Initiatives Support Coalition) AmeriCorps places passionate, dedicated people with community development groups in the neighborhoods where they live. These placements serve a vital, three-fold purpose: members serve the organizations where they are placed and spearhead valuable projects; they engage local residents in the revitalization of their own neighborhoods; and they develop skills, experience and insight into community development and the profound value of service.
Ashley is devoted to her work and the understanding of the mission of AmeriCorps. “Her knowledge of the service performed has greatly enhanced the lives of the residents we serve in the community,” stated LISC AmeriCorps member Michelle Kachelski. “Ashley instills sustainability in all aspects of creating a better community and exhibits great leadership in her effective supervision of my service. She has demonstrated a prompt response to requests or needs and provides constructive feedback that ensures professional development in my service performance. She creates opportunities that allow me to achieve growth while making herself available to assist with difficult tasks or to provide guidance and direction. Ashley constantly motivates me to use my best qualities in helping with the support of community projects.”
“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” -Theodore Roosevelt
"This quote has become a sort of professional mantra to me over the years,” Ashley stated. “The ability to work in service of others is an honor and a privilege, and the communities and people we serve should be treated as such. As the Agency Director of the Neighborhood Engagement Hub, I have tried to convey the importance of serving the vision of others, rather than our own vision, to my staff and our AmeriCorps members. This model of engaged community revitalization with residents at the helm is the nexus of the values shared by the LISC AmeriCorps Program and NEH."