Community Foundation introduces Cecelia Hopkins to their team
The Oceana Community Foundation is thrilled to announce the addition of Cecelia Hopkins to its staff as its newest AmeriCorps member. Cecelia supports both the Foundation and Oceana County College Access Network (OCAN!) as their joint Outreach Coordinator. “We are incredibly excited to have Cecelia join our team! She is an avid learner and is excited to explore community building on the other side of the state,” Foundation CEO Tammy Carey stated. “As she continues to establish relationships in Oceana County, we hope you stop by and welcome Cecelia to West Michigan!”
In her Foundation role, her work focuses on growing communications across all channels, advancing the foundation’s volunteer management, updating the Foundation’s database, and planning community outreach programs & events. Cecelia’s work for OCAN! centers on building student capacity for post-secondary education, including designing and implementing a high school “college student ambassador” program alongside college & career advisors and counselors. She will work with students and parents at community events, student workshops to gather and provide student and parent voice in planning and decision-making process.
Cecelia is a graduate of Saginaw Valley State University, having earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and creative Writing. She is currently working on her Master of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. Cecelia has served as a community organizer in her hometown of Saginaw, having worked with the Ezekiel Project. The Ezekiel Project works to advance social change in Saginaw County through a localized, interfaith and interracial lens to connect individuals from a variety of backgrounds together. She also serves as a grant committee member for the Saginaw Community Foundation, where she also was a member of their Youth Advisory Council during high school.
CEDAM’s AmeriCorps program connects local and statewide agencies to meet neighbors’ critical needs. Members create community, build capacity and serve neighbors across Michigan. Past Foundation AmeriCorps members include Olivia Mussell, Heather Douglas, Tyler Kempf, Danielle Siegel and Hannah Juhl.
For more information about making a gift, now or through an estate plan, creating a named fund at the Foundation, or to learn more about our Foundation programs and how to connect your philanthropic goals to community impact, call Tammy Carey at 231-869-3377 or visit the Foundation’s website at www.oceanafoundation.org.