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National AmeriCorps Week is coming up next month! What is it?

During the week of March 10-16, AmeriCorps Alums across the country host social, networking, and service events to celebrate the extraordinary value that AmeriCorps has had in their personal lives and in our nation.  
What can alumni do?
  • Share a video or an #AmeriCorpsWorks infographic on social media, available here
  • Invite a friend to like CNCS on Facebook or add AmeriCorps to your LinkedIn profile
  • Tag @NationalService in your Instagram photos or submit a blog for the CNCS Tumblr
  • Record and upload your story on YouTube (example), share your experience with your    University or local newspaper, or write an article about your experience for your LinkedIn profile (example)
  • Animate your story on YouTube or illustrate your story in a graphic novel
  • Present to a high school classroom using AmeriCorps PowerPoint
  • Set up a table at a college campus (access to promotion materials here)
  • Hang flyers in a local coffee shop

MLK Day of Service- Habitat for Humanity of Kent County
Each year, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., Americorps across the country gather together to serve their communities outside of their service project. This year WMAC partnered with Habitat
for Humanity of Kent County to join them in their fight for affordable housing. Cherry Health, GoodWill Industries, and Michigan Education Corps were represented.

Habitat was working on 4 homes, each at different stages of development. Projects that were worked on: painting, cleaning, measuring/installing shelves, caulking/spackling, attaching trim
and installing hardwood flooring.
Member Spotlight

Alli Kelly

Position: Refugee Cultural Education Coordinator & VISTA Leader at Bethany Christian Services

What you enjoy about your position?

I enjoy being able to use my knowledge, skills, and time to provide much needed education to refugees in my community. It feels like I am doing important work. Often while they are learning from me, I am learning from them as well. The people I have met in this role have opened up so many different avenues of my life to explore, and I am so grateful for that. I also enjoy that I get to hear from my VISTA team-members how dedicated and enthusiastic they are for community service. They inspire me!

Something you love to do and or most people don't know about you?

I love reading and writing about social justice issues. I would love to write a book one day. My VISTA service has inspired this passion as well because I have learned so much from the people I serve!


What or who inspired you to join Americorps?

I originally wasn’t very inspired to join AmeriCorps. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after I graduated and I wanted to learn about nonprofit work. I became inspired when I learned about all that my organization does for refugees. My inspiration continued to grow as I spent time working on my project, and I am so glad I made the decision to serve!


Why would you recommend Americorps?

I would recommend AmeriCorps because it is fulfilling to work with people who are putting GOOD into the world, especially during a time when it feels like there is so much negativity. It feels right to be making something better for someone, even in a small way.

How to Master Small Talk

Small talk sometimes seems pointless but is a necessary first step for connecting with most people.

  • DO become curious about other people's interests and life events
  • DON'T talk about matters that are too personal
  • DO educate yourself on world events and culture
  • DON'T be boring and talk about the weather unless drastic weather is on the way
  • DO ask questions about the other person's opinion or advice on matters
  • DON'T ramble on about yourself for too long
  • DO engage in meaningful dialogue about one's goals and career aspirations
  • DON'T bring up religion or politics with most people
  • DO become a good listener
  • DON'T portray negative or apathetic body language
  • DO talk about ideas rather than things or people
New Book Releases
 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse- The Art of the Movie
By Ramin Zahed

 A Serial Killer's Daughter: My Story of Faith, Love, and Overcoming

By Kerri Rawson


Rosie Revere, Engineer

By Andrea Beaty
New Music Releases


Toro y Moi - Outer Peace

Backstreet Boys - DNA


New Movie Releases
A Dog's Way Home
A Star is Born
LeaderCorps Corner


West Michigan Leadercorps have been hard at work discussing different service projects, Americorps Week, and professional development opportunities for West Michigan Americorps members. Americorps Week is coming up in March so be on the lookout for information regarding the different theme days! Russ Mawby Signature Service day project (RMSS) is also in the process of being developed.

in West Michigan

Click here to sign up for the Love Yourself event!

Click here to celebrate Black History Month with participating events across West Michigan!

Click here to access the February 2019 Events calendar!

Get Inspired

"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."

 Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you're not on our social media - It's never too late!
Find resources, ask us questions, invite friends!
We're here to help you on your AmeriCorps journey.

Let's Ameri-Do This!
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