Anna Maria Genovesi, a senior at the University of Michigan-Flint, is a student leader active in addressing homelessness, hunger, poverty and complex social and cultural issues in the Flint Community and beyond. Her passion for her community (and others) is also evidenced through her ongoing commitment to service through participation in MLK Day, the University of Michigan-Flint Food Give Away, serving lunch at St. Paul's Church, etc. Additionally, she is very involved with Alternative Breaks and has been for a number of years. She has been very committed to volunteering/civic engagement at the University of Michigan - Flint, in the Flint community and beyond; and her dedication has been inspiring and infectious to others. Also, professionally, she spends time at Hurley Medical Center, works at Genesys Hospital, and this summer she will be working at The Fowler Center working with children and adults with developmental disabilities and special needs. During this time, the work she has done has benefited the University of Michigan-Flint, the City of Flint and beyond, in many ways. Through the efforts of Anna Maria, the cities across the United States and even places internationally are being restored!
As a nursing student at the University of Michigan - Flint, I have had multiple opportunities to serve in the community and worldwide. I have been a board member for the Alternative Break (AB) programs with University Outreach three years now, serving on the executive board for Alternative Summer Break in 2017. I have attended five AB service weeks, including 3 weeks in Flint, one in Chicago and one in Philadelphia along with monthly service Saturdays in Flint during my 4 years of undergrad. I have worked with Food Recovery Network on campus, donating food to local non-profits, including St. Paul's church downtown Flint where I now have helped serve lunch every Tuesday to the less fortunate for the past year. This past fall, I organized and directed a health screening clinic with nursing faculty for those who come to lunch on Tuesdays. Last May of 2017, I participated in the medical volunteer abroad trip to Kenya with UM to provide health care to those who cannot afford it. Additionally, this May of 2018, I am going to Cambodia with nursing faculty to continue to reach areas of the world that suffer from poverty the most