LISC National

Meet AmeriCorps Member Markie Miller

Markie Miller serves at the Ohio Theatre and Event Center in the heart of the Historic Polish Village in Toledo. Markie grew up in the greater Toledo area, and has always called Toledo her home. Her involvement with AmeriCorps stems from her desire to remain in the community, do meaningful work, and create positive change.

She has worked as a LISC AmeriCorps Member since December 2017. The historic and unique Ohio Theatre strives to be a catalyst for development and community building in the Lagrange Neighborhood. Markie seeks to bring people back to the area, offering access to the Arts, and working closely with community groups to develop the events they envision – events that promote their mission, bring people together, and provide a creative outlet. The Ohio Theatre is a true community space that fosters creativity, expression and unity.

She attributes the overall success of the theatre to the volunteers who give their time and attention to serve! Ultimately these dedicated individuals invest in their neighborhood by volunteering. Their presence and welcoming spirit establishes an environment of commitment, care, and enthusiasm. The most rewarding part of the job for Markie is building trust and relationships within the community through partnerships and projects. “It is great to sit down with a group or an individual, listen to what they want, and empower them to make it a reality.”

Markie feels honored to work on events that promote diversity, inclusion, and recognize efforts going on locally. Most recently she has assisted in coordinating the CommUNITY Film Festival, highlighting filmmakers with disabilities, and a Living Legends reception to honor individuals in our community who demonstrate leadership and service in work that promotes equality, justice, and community with passion and conviction. She believes that these are the events that build up our community and promote positive change throughout the neighborhood.