Each month we recognize an AmeriCorps member serving in Utah for going above and beyond the pledge they took to “Get Things Done.” This month we are proud to recognize Amy Setzler who is serving with the United Way of Northern Utah Welcome Baby Program.
Welcome Baby is a free home visitation program that promotes healthy, happy, and supportive new beginnings for parents, babies, and their family members. The program is available to any family in Weber, Box Elder, Summit, Davis, and Salt Lake counties with a baby aged zero to three years old.
Amy previously worked for 8 years as an elementary school teacher, so she has a strong knowledge of early childhood and brings a creativity to our program that she learned from her prior work history. She also has an 8 month old baby, so she truly values and sees the importance of the Welcome Baby Program. When asked about her new path in AmeriCorps, Amy said, “It’s exciting to do something different. It’s really enjoyable.”
“Amy has been helping us get though a huge waitlist of clients. She has been training volunteers and doing shadow visits with new volunteers. She fits seamlessly into our team. She is our missing puzzle piece.”Hannah Kenny, Welcome Baby Program Director
Why did you choose to serve as an AmeriCorps member with Welcome Baby?
As a former elementary school teacher, I am passionate about helping children and the community. When I came across the opportunity to serve as an AmeriCorps member with Welcome Baby, it seemed to be a great fit to complement my background in education and human development, as well as my passions. I was/am excited to learn new skills and be more involved in my local community.
What is a typical day like for you in your role?
A typical day for me as a Home Visitation Coordinator involves several things. I contact and register new families for our program, then complete their Welcome Visit. I also contact and train new Home Visitors that are interested in volunteering. I visit several families in our program each month and share our curriculum and supplies with them.
What have you liked most about serving with Welcome Baby?
One of my favorite things about serving with Welcome Baby has been visiting families. I love meeting parents and children in our community, engaging in meaningful conversations, and sharing important and educational information. The babies are cute, too!
What has serving as an AmeriCorps member taught you about yourself and/or your community?
Through serving as an AmeriCorps member, I have been able to explore the diversity, needs, and relationships in my community. I am learning new skills and gaining a lot of valuable experiences.
Do you have any advice for prospective AmeriCorps members or volunteers?
My advice for prospective AmeriCorps members would be to have an open mind and embrace the community you are serving.
We are so grateful for Amy’s service, especially given the unique challenges of this past year. Her service is bringing much needed resources to families and communities in Utah.
We extend our congratulations to Amy for being recognized as the UServeUtah AmeriCorps Member of the Month and thank her for her dedicated service.
What is AmeriCorps?AmeriCorps is your moment to take the path less traveled, to break the status quo, to stop talking about the problem and be the solution. Join AmeriCorps and you can mentor and tutor kids, rebuild a community after disaster, help veterans, or work with local communities to alleviate poverty. There are thousands of opportunities to choose from, find the one that fits you.