Meet LISC AmeriCorps Member Kelly Dean!

AC_LISCKelly Dean is “Getting Things Done” in East Toledo, specifically in the Birmingham neighborhood! Kelly and her husband are both lifelong East Toledo residents, where they met and raised their children. Their children are now grown and because of Kelly’s involvement, their older daughter has purch10352751_1904321693127406_2582460291635015927_n (2)ased a home in East Toledo. Kelly hit the ground running in her LISC AmeriCorps service, as she has already worked to secure 10 vacant properties, facilitated 4 lot clean-ups, and coordinated the transformation of an overgrown sidewalk from impassible to inviting. Kelly has done an amazing job securing partnerships and is encouraged by how organizations, like the T. Whitehead Recover Center, and neighbors are invested in Birmingham.  Kelly serves with East Toledo Family Center (ETFC), where she previously gained experience as a volunteer surveying houses, and is supported by the Birmingham IMG_20160409_082021 (2)Development Corporation. She has also surveyed homes for the Land Bank. Kelly says that through service she aims to “empower” so that individuals “can be more proactive on issues in our community.” Her supervisor, Jodi Gross at ETFC, describes how Kelly has been able to build bridges to the Birmingham leaders and neighborhood in a way that is strengthening the voice of all of East Toledo. Jodi explains further, “that Kelly is a down to earth resident who can relate to all stakeholders.” She understands that you have to be willing to work right along- side residents to get things accomplished.   Most recently, Kelly played a key role in East Toledo’s Global Youth Service Day efforts, where almost 500 volunteers came out to help with clean-up.  IMG_20160416_105113566

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