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In this Issue
  1. WMAC Updates: Recruitment
  2. Resource of the Month: KDL Gardening Programs
  3. March is Reading Month: What We're Reading
  4. What's Happening in West Michigan and Beyond
  5. Community Spotlight: Trans Week of Visibility
This month's GR CityPoints code is T023-VLDL
WMAC Updates
We're recruiting for board and committee members
We are actively recruiting for our Secretary/Treasurer, Fundraising & Outreach Chair, and Membership Chair positions, and our Board Chair and Marketing & Communications Chair positions will be opening up later this summer. We also welcome committee members to assist in whatever way they can. Descriptions for each board position can be found on our website.

WMAC is a great way to expand your service experience and learn new skills. Joining a non-profit board can also enhance your resume and make you stand out to employers in the future. Please help us spread the word!
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Resource of the Month:
Kent District Library Gardening Programs
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It's time to get ready for spring! Kent District Library has a number of resources for aspiring gardeners, including a free seed library.

KDL also offers a variety of classes and events, including Composting 101, Beginning Gardening, and Go Green 101. Check out the Spring 2020 issue of Kaleidoscope for more information about upcoming events. 
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March is Reading Month! 
What We're Reading
Book cover: The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life by Shawn Achor
 
A must-read for everyone trying to excel in a world of increasing workloads, stress, and negativity, The Happiness Advantage isn’t only about how to become happier at work. It’s about how to cultivate happiness through a variety of practical strategies and reap the benefits of a happier and more positive mind-set to achieve the extraordinary in our lives both personally and professionally.
Marsha, advisory committee
Book cover: Moonstruck volume 1 by Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle
Moonstruck by Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle

Fantasy, humor and romance collide in this adorable comic from the creator of the Eisner and GLAAD award-winning Lumberjanes. Julie, barista-slash-werewolf, is just trying to live a normal life and maybe go on a date with her new girlfriend, when she and her best friend Chet (barista-slash-centaur) get caught up in a magical conspiracy.
—Elliott, Marketing & Communications
Book cover: How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America--but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. In How to be an Antiracist, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.
Cassie, advisory committee
Book cover: How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana
How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana

This profoundly moving memoir is the remarkable and inspiring true story of Sandra Uwiringyimana, a girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who tells the tale of how she survived a massacre, immigrated to America, and overcame her trauma through art and activism.
Megan, Board Chair
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What's Happening
in West Michigan & Beyond
March 2020 calendar
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Community Spotlight
Trans Week of Visibility
The International Transgender Day of Visibility, held annually on March 31, was started by Transgender Michigan's Rachel Crandall-Crocker as a way of celebrating the lives and experiences of trans and gender non-conforming people. The Grand Rapids Pride Center and Grand Rapids Trans Foundation are hosting a week of events; more information can be found on GRPC's Facebook page.
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WMAC is seeking donations! We are dedicated to providing free programming and activities for AmeriCorps members and alumni just like you. With your help, we can continue enriching the AmeriCorps service experience and fostering community between programs in the West Michigan area.   Every penny counts! Click here to go to our GoFundMe page and support our mission.
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